Tuesday, April 04, 2006

mTurk to Exit Beta in the Next 2 Months

An article on Amazon's LinuxWorld Presentation says that they plan on having mTurk exit beta in the next 2 months. Personally as a requester and as a Turker I'd like to see a number of new features added still. Of course this can happen after mTurk exits beta. But within the next 5 months I'd like to see:

  • The elimination of the need for token's, create a system where users could perform all of any HIT without visiting any other website (at the requesters choice) It'd be nice to be able to upload files, images, work with pdf's, and flash in the mTurk window. The token system is bothersome, and has room for mistakes.
  • I'd like to see a Worker ID program, basically a worker if they choose can allow there name and perhaps a profile to go with their number. Perhaps give requesters the option of inviting workers to do certain HIT's (Have an invite be like a qualification). This would further the idea that Turkers are simply small task oriented contractors.
  • Personalized listing of HIT's (not needed now, but if mTurk ever fills up with HIT's, it would be useful to have a sorting that puts HIT's similar to those a worker has completed in the past on top)
  • Qualification deaths (there are so many stupid qualifications that haven't been used for anything for quite a while, it's bothersome, and a lot like litter)

And I'm sure the folks that work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week have many more great ideas. Many of which I hope to see in the months to come, good luck Turk Developers, Rudy and everybody else that works on the Turk project.


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