Friday, December 30, 2005
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Amazon is Setting a Bad Example
I Just Realized Something
Just felt like pointing that out. It rocks, one less annoyance in mTurk, and a reason to take auto-accept out of scripts and just use mTurk's. Also this is a smart move by Amazon because for those usually auto-accept scripts it just wastes there bandwidth and ties up the server. And old move, but I didn't realize what it had really changed until I finally had a massive amount of HIT's to use it on.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Rank Your Top 3 Verification HIT
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Rank your Top 3 Qualification
This qualification allows you to be a verifier for "Rank Your Top 3" HITs. Your task will be to ensure that submissions are accurate. Your ability to continue as a verifier for these HITs depends on you consistently submitting high quality work. If your work quality does not remain high, your qualification score will be reduced and you may no longer be eligible to be a verifier.
Oddly enough, when I took the test, there is only one question, in which it tells you to check mark a box and then click submit and then you're done. I passed with 100 percent, I suppose this is anti-idiot protection or something. Or perhaps a test of the qualification system.
Friday, December 23, 2005
Apparel Color Normalization HIT
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Another use for mTurk
"I know that some of the page numbers of D&D books are wrong. I'll eventually get around to fixing that in Mechanical Turk."
Although mTurk has already been used for the extraction of data from images (Acris). It hasn't been used for retrieving page number data. This could be a very quick and unstressful sort of HIT. I'm also looking forward to the first HIT's where, unlike podcast transcribing, you type out the text on images (or tag them). Though with the writings being paragraphs and such, not a few numbers like Acris HIT's. I know many companies have been digitizing there records to stay up in this digital age so I wouldn't be surpised to see such HIT's.
Updated Developer Guide
AWS Casting Words Walkthrough
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Automatically Accept HIT's without a Script
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
To Beard or Not to Beard
Monday, December 19, 2005
As well castingwords.com has put up a resource page for turkers doing it's work. Pretty nice little page they put up. I really need to get an HIT of theirs so I can pass the qualification test.
Edit: I was poking around Santa Cruz Tech, turns out it's the company that employs the guys at Turk Watch. (The three of them work on Santa Cruz Tech's Blogshares Project. The company builds websites basically, though perhaps they plan on taking advantage of mTurk to reel in some dough some other way.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Rate your Top 3
Basically this is another survey type of HIT, my guess is Amazon has decided this would be a cool thing to offer (a site with tons of survey information), as well as a good way to perfect mTurk's handling of surveys. They pay 1 cent, but are kinda fun.
As well recently these sites have emerged
TurkWatch.com - Very Similar in setup to Mech Turk Blog
Aaron's Turking Log - This dude is trying to get to get enough turking done to buy an iBook
Everything else is either still listed in the links to the right, or has died. Kinda a shame to see how many of the blogs haven't been updated for weeks. But that's the way things tend to be. A burst, and then it all dies down.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
As well it's been called one of the best examples of Web 2.0 (we are on the 4th or 5th version of the web already but I'll save that rant)
But when we get down to it...It's simply a solution. A solution to getting a lot of simple work done fast. Of course from here it could evolve into anything. Perhaps it will become the new outsourcing model. One issue with Amazon's basic idea of putting it into programs is that the work isn't necessary done instantly. If mTurk becomes popular among developers, there could quite possibly be more work then workers can do. And a program might have to wait days for it's task to be completed.
I think I can safely say that other major companies, will build mTurk equivalents within the next few years. With bandwidth costs lowing, and companies looking for every way possible to lower costs, this is a great solution. But to be honest...I think things like mTurk will become a reason to learn English for those in China and other countries where $50US a day is great pay. But I am gonna drag as much cash out of mTurk before those in low income countries setup systems to get cash via US Bank Accounts. Or I might just setup a business in a low income country, where I hire those fluent in English to come in and work in a computer lab on mTurk all day. Heh.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Developers Get 1,000 Cash Back from Amazon
Now my first thought was....Wait a sec scammers could have a heyday. You know make a large amount of HIT's, stick a qualification that only your friends or others in your organization can pass. And bam...You just ripped Amazon off of 1,000 bucks...Repeat with different accounts. But they have it covered (in those official rules that nobody reads)
To qualify for a credit each HIT must: (1) be of a nature that could be completed by any Worker with a reasonable level of skill in the task required by the HIT; (2) not require a particular qualification, knowledge of passwords or knowledge of specific facts that Requester knows are known only to an individual Worker or small group of Workers; and (3) if the Requester is an entity, not be completed by a Worker that is an employee, contractor, shareholder, director, or affiliate of the Requester; or if the Requester is an individual, not be completed by an immediate family member or co-worker of Requester or reside at the same address as the Requester. The price charged by Requester for the HIT must be, in Amazon Mechanical TurkÂs sole discretion, a reasonable approximation of the value of the HIT. The transaction between Requester and Worker must be, in Amazon Mechanical TurkÂs sole discretion, a bona fide purchase of services.
In short it says that qualifing HIT's have to have no qualifications, and that they have to be easy enough that most workers can do them...so podcasts are in....But doing someone's 12 page college essay on neutrons is out. Which I should seriously start....a service that students can submit homework to do on and get completed for a moderate fee. I wonder how teachers would combat such a thing. As well you could have entire websites, in which the creator simply finds the basic infomation and then submits it to mturkers to write out articles and such. Ah now my mind is running away with ideas, heh.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
In other news....Nothing. Acris HIT's have been showing up a little, with a few music HIT's, and podcast HIT's...And that's it.
Monday, December 12, 2005
Hopefully it doesn't show up too often...Once out of every 100 or so is fine...But more often becomes just annoying. But this is a standard anti-bot measure, that works well for most sites. Though usually it's for something like registration, not something like HIT's where a single user does hundreds to thousands a day...So we'll see if it's around for long. Expect tweaking of it, and some weirdness now and then.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Pheromone Trails Survey
I suspect that Amazon will begin testing out many HIT's like this. Just as the Image Adjustments, and Music HIT's have been ran multiple times, to test different setups. They are tweaking the systems.
Here is the site that the HIT referred to http://www.pheromonetrail.com/
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Tutorial: No Load Time
- Download and install Firefox 1.5
- Open Firefox and install the TabSwitcher Extension in it
- Restart Firefox
- Goto Tools > Extensions > Select TabSwitcher > Click Options > Click on the textbox to the right of "Next Tab" > Press the keyboard key or combination of keys that you wish for firefox to goto the next tab when pressed (I suggust F4) > repeat for "Previous Tab" (I suggust F2) > Click "OK > Close Extensions window
- Goto find Available HIT's
- Find desired HIT group > Right Click "View a HIT in this Group" > Click "Open Link in new Tab" > Repeat for desired number of tabs (I suggest 4-10 depending on your connection speed and Turking speed, experiment)
- Now when an HIT is completed and submitting, press your keyboards key(s) for the next tab, and BAM, no need to wait for HIT's to load, just go.
Things to note.
- If one of your tabs is on an error screen, press F5 (refresh) and go to the next.
Tutorial: Speed Through Music HIT's
- Download and install Firefox 1.5
- Open Firefox and install the GreaseMonkey Extension in it
- Restart Firefox
- Right Click Here, and click Install User Script (It's a modification of TurkOp)
- Go find Music HIT's
- Click "View an HIT in this Group"
- Turk your way to Happiness
Things to note.
- To turn GreaseMonkey off, click on the icon of a monkey in the bottom-right corner of Firefox
- To turn off only this script, go to Tools > Manage User Scripts > Select "Demon's TurkOp Mod" > Uncheck "Enabled"
- To exit the script's loop of accepting HIT's, go here, finish the remaining accepted HIT's, it won't accept new ones.
Not Keeping my Eyes on Things
First off there's the Amazon Mechanical Turk Status Update. Which includes the email address to complain to about being unjustly banned. As well as some other interesting tidbits from Jeff Bar.
Secondly, there's a new Turking Resource, the Mech Turk Blog, which is actually much more then just a blog (it has forums and whatnot).
Thirdly....the GreaseMonkey scripters have gone above and beyond the call of duty. This is the script I am now using for music HIT's. I havn't had the time to find the orignal thread of this script....but I'm sure it's somewhere. It's a modification of the TurkOp script, but it finds possible artist names (on google and amazon) and makes them clickable. As well, over at Turking.com there is this thread, which compares the 2nd generation music HIT's scripts, and script modifications. And the TurkOp script itself seems to have some several new features and such. I'll have to devote some time to reviewing all the new scripts later tonight.
Sorry about falling behind....just so distracted by all this stuff that I've bought with Turking money. It's one of those win-lose situations, the more you Turk the more cool stuff you buy, the more cool stuff you buy the less you want to Turk. Oh well....
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
It's not ready to be used but certainly something to keep your eyes on. Lately on MTurk itself there have been Music HIT's mostly and then a few podcast's, and some French/English language translation HIT's...Which look kinda fun...Though I don't know French...In fact I'm still working on my first language English..heh.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Lookup Documents in Acris Website (New HIT Type)
Friday, December 02, 2005
Are you fluent in French?
I'm not sure what this guy is thinking, according to his blog, he is starting this up to go with Mechanical Turk. Now seriously out of all of you Turkers out there, who is fluent in French and English? Maybe some Europeans, but very few people with US Bank Accounts are fluent, and it's doubtful they would work on something like Mechanical Turk, but maybe I'm just closed minded.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
The Age of Confirming Artists
Anyways on news, Mechanical Turk has been littered with a few Image Adjustments but mostly just Confirm Artist HIT's.
Also I've seen a few Podcast HIT's lately. My advice to everyone, try one or two but then stop doing them. Let's say you can type out what they say perfectly at the speed they say it...Each clip is about 30 seconds long....So if you write a script that makes it so you can do them back to back with no wait time, you would make (they pay 4 cents) $4.80 an hour. Now unless you just rock at typing, which some of you do. You're more likely to get about $2 an hour. Edit: According to sandoz, the one's that have been showing up are tests...that will lead to higher paying ones, I've missed these forum posts myself.
Of course there may be a few of you out there, that could simply speed up the recording by let's say 3x.. And type it at that speed...For you the podcasts are defiantly worth it. Though I'm certainty not one of those people. Put simply let's make them raise the price on these podcasts....Don't do them unless there are no other HIT's to do, they aren't worth it.