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Thread: mTurk WebUI defaults to using Masters, costs 5% extra: how to turn it OFF

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    Exclamation mTurk WebUI defaults to using Masters, costs 5% extra: how to turn it OFF

    Please scroll down for evidence of the types of people who are being given Masters. It's painful to read.

    The WebUI now defaults to using the Masters Qual. In order to use this qualification, you are paying 25-45% of the cost of your HITs in fees. So if you have a $1 HIT, you are paying 25-45c in fees instead of the 20-40c you would pay if you weren't using Masters. There are other options which are FREE, and we'd love to talk to you about them. Send Spamgirl a private message so you can learn about how to get your work done correctly, on time and on budget without paying extra for Masters.

    If you DON'T want to use Masters, or want to use different qualifications, you must turn it off on the Enter Properties tab of the Create page under Worker Requirements.

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    In the last two rounds of Masters being handed out:

    1) Turkers with ~3,000 approved HITs got it. You can do that on day 11, and only because the first 10 days are restricted to 100 HITs per day.

    "I was one of the lucky few that got Masters in Categorization/Photo Moderation yesterday. I've been turking since March, I have 3012 approved HITs and 2 rejected."
    http://www.reddit.com/r/mturk/commen...asters/cjd1dbg

    "I got my masters at around 3500 hits I think. At 99.something rating. There's no rhyme or reason. Just keep doing good work and different types of hits."
    http://www.reddit.com/r/mturk/commen...asters/ccn65ir

    2) Turkers with high 80 percent averages got it.

    This was reported to me privately by people who got Masters, but don't want people to know their low ratings. I have to respect their privacy.

    3) Today, people who don't even Turk anymore got it. Multiple people.

    "As to number 3 taintturk, these were self-reported. I found a couple of posts online where users claimed they just got masters and they have not worked in a long time, or rarely work on MTurk, period." - Ripped Warrior

    Masters is garbage. If you want the best, most trustworthy workers, a private qualification is the only way to go.
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    Spammy are you able to let us know where this information came from? If not, I understand.

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    As to number 3 taintturk, these were self-reported. I found a couple of posts online where users claimed they just got masters and they have not worked in a long time, or rarely work on MTurk, period.
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    Updated with sources for #1
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    I ran a survey for masters asking what their location is and when they got masters for international turkers only. Three days, two questions, only 6 responses.

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    More Masters today, more people getting it who are not top level Turkers or haven't Turked in ages, and those who are top level Turkers and didn't have it before still don't.

    "2750 approved HITs and I just got Masters."
    http://www.mturkgrind.com/threads/27...l=1#post439941

    "Me too! I haven't been here in a few months."
    http://www.mturkgrind.com/threads/27...l=1#post440023

    "YAY I just got the emails!!! One for categorization and the other for Photos, so 2!! I am at 99.4% with a bit over 4200 HITs!! "
    http://www.reddit.com/r/mturk/commen...asters/cn9u4po

    "i also got categorization and photos. I have 1370 submitted hits, 1366 approved, 4 rejections, 99.7%"
    http://www.reddit.com/r/mturk/commen...asters/cn9w1x9
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    More masters today, more of the same

    "I've only been turking about a month and I just hit 3k and I got a masters email."
    http://www.mturkgrind.com/posts/570881/

    "I got masters today as well and took a very long break from turking. Probably from mid-June ( i started around Feb or Mar) of last year until a couple of months ago. I did do a few HIT's here and there, along with the private ACME, but that's about it.

    Not bad for a guy who only does $10 or $20 a day. I'm also mostly a survey guy, save for the RnR's i used to do, the Sergey wikitor qual and a batch here or there."
    http://www.mturkgrind.com/posts/570873/

    "And someone next door said they have been suspended for months and received masters today."
    http://www.mturkgrind.com/posts/570855/

    "Lol another person just reported getting masters after not having done a single hit in 45 days. "
    http://www.mturkgrind.com/posts/570850/

    "FWIW a friend who hasn't turked in a good 6 months got Masters today as well."
    http://www.mturkgrind.com/posts/570757/

    "Last month, I gave up on that dream, and started working full time 48 hours a week, and stopped turking cold turkey. I knew my time on MTurk was done, as was ready to leave it behind. Why have they done this, almost as if taunting me. Someone who actually needs this qual, please take it. It hurts me to know it's only going to be gathering dust on my account x_x. Congrats to all other new Masters, and good luck to all others who are shooting for it. It'll happen someday, just keep on trying!"
    http://www.mturkgrind.com/threads/05...33#post-570679

    "Signed up May 2013 (USA). HITs You Have Submitted: 1896 Approved: 1887 Rejected: 7 Pending: 2 99.6% Approval"
    http://www.reddit.com/r/mturk/commen...s_in_comments/
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    LOL This is too funny. You know what guys? I have officially decided that I am a Master. That's right, I am the Master of my own domain. I've got a nice little niche with my home computer, printer and plenty of room on the desk for my ever so needed cup of coffee/tea. Plus I can even look out my window and see the blue sky and hear the birds chirp. Ah yes, it is GOOD to be me. It is GOOD to be the Master. LOL

    MTurk on all . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petals View Post
    LOL This is too funny. You know what guys? I have officially decided that I am a Master. That's right, I am the Master of my own domain. I've got a nice little niche with my home computer, printer and plenty of room on the desk for my ever so needed cup of coffee/tea. Plus I can even look out my window and see the blue sky and hear the birds chirp. Ah yes, it is GOOD to be me. It is GOOD to be the Master. LOL

    MTurk on all . . .
    Petals I get depressed every time masters is handed out I am passed over. I've been doing this for years, have completed hundreds of thousands of HITs and have 99.99$ accuracy.

    I just wanted to say thank you for this post. It made me smile and feel better. You RAWK!
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