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Thread: What "myths" about Turkers would you like to bust?

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    Question What "myths" about Turkers would you like to bust?

    For example,
    • Turkers are all from developing countries
    • Turkers don't talk to each other or form communities
    • Turkers are all uneducated, unskilled
    • Turkers cheat A LOT
    • Turkers Turk just for fun, not money, so low pay is fine
    • $1.25/$3/$6 per hour is amazing pay on mTurk. A 20c bonus is huge.
    • We're all glad to get any amount of money because we can Turk in our PJs
    • There are no experts (people with specific skills) on mTurk (Thanks, Moniquitta!)
    • Turkers are all unemployed deadbeats who can't get real jobs (Thanks, Carolyn!)
    • Turkers are all very poor--they can barely make their rent payments (Thanks, Carolyn!)
    • Turkers are socially and emotionally challenged. They turk because they cannot get along in a real work place. (Thanks, Carolyn!)
    • Turkers just want to do the work and that's it. (Fact: Turkers like requesters who have open communication. If something about the HIT is confusing we like to know that there is someone at the other end who can help us out. Also there have been cases where the HIT was broken and we were able to openly communicate with the requester to help resolve the problem.) (Thanks, Carolyn!)
    • Turkers know nothing about the Requester side of things
    • Only turkers from the US are educated. (Fact: There are turkers from all over the world who are educated and can understand and complete tasks that are English based.)
    • Turkers use MTurk as a last resort option for making money (Thanks, Breanna!)
    • Turkers "don't deserve" higher wages, since they can do it at home, from work, don't have any work expenses, etc [meaning that they don't consider the fact that we pay taxes, etc] (Thanks, Breanna!)
    • Turkers cannot possibly use MTurk as their only source of income (Thanks, Breanna!)
    • Turkers don't deserve respect. It's 'okay' for requesters to say or do anything. (Thanks, y2pk2008!)
    • Turkers are cheap labor (Thanks, Garson!)
    • Turkers do not have bad body odor. We shower just like everybody else. (Thanks, I think, Rarelyscene!)
    • Masters are better than non-Masters. (Thanks, Pinkyts!)
    • Turkers are always multi-tasking, not giving their full attention to the task, so they only deserve low pay. (Reality: While there are some things (such as demographics surveys and short opinion-related work) that can easily be done alongside other activities without compromising the quality of the work, responsible Turkers recognize when a task requires their undivided attention and respond accordingly by using headphones, moving to a room isolated from distraction, or choosing more multi-task-friendly HITs.) (Thanks, MeiaNoite!)
    • Turkers don't care about the quality of their work and will do the bare minimum in order to get paid. (Reality: There will always be lazy workers in any marketplace. Just like any other job, however, most people who Turk have a sense of personal pride, of professionalism. We care very much that the work we submit is of superior quality, and thus deserving of superior recompense. I would far rather take my time and submit good work than rush through and submit something that might get me paid, but won't be of real value to the requester.) (Thanks, MeiaNoite!)
    • Turkers are too demanding. There are tons of hits out and most of them just do not get touched. If they wanted to work they would do them. Fact - The smart turkers know to be careful and look for good requesters. They will not do work for requesters who do not pay what they are worth. They will also stay away from ones that look like they may scam them. The good turkers put in their time and effort, however, every once in a while they get burned by a bad requester. So then they start looking for signs (ie TO or poorly written hits with bad directions, etc) and avoid the hits that seem to look sketchy. (Thanks, Moniquitta!)
    • New: It's okay to reject everyone when you screw up your HITs, because you can't afford to run them twice, so you need to get your money back. Rejections don't hurt workers at all.
    • New: You can ignore emails from workers, they're all complaints and begging for off-mTurk work anyway. Amazon lets you use the system as if workers are nothing more than algorithms, so treat them as such.


    Please add your own to the list!!
    Last edited by spamgirl; 10-30-2014 at 04:10 PM.
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    Dont know a good way to word this...

    *Turkers are jack of all trades or maybe turkers know a little about lots of things.

    what I'm trying to say is that you will find ones that have specialties too... someone who does well with writing, or transcription, etc.
    Last edited by moniquitta; 10-27-2014 at 11:15 AM.

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    1)Turkers are all unemployed deadbeats who can't get real jobs
    2) Turkers are all very poor--they can barely make their rent payments
    3) Turkers are socially and emotionally challenged. They turk because they cannot get along in a real work place.

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    Myth *Turkers just want to do the work and that's it.
    Fact Turkers like requesters who have open communication. If something about the HIT is confusing we like to know that there is someone at the other end who can help us out. Also there have been cases where the HIT was broken and we were able to openly communicate with the requester to ehlp resolve the problem.

    Myth *Only turkers from the US are educated.
    Fact * There are turkers from all over the world who are educated and can understand and complete tasks that are English based.

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    Turkers are unemployed.

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    1 - Turkers use MTurk as a last resort option for making money
    2 - Turkers "don't deserve" higher wages, since they can do it at home, from work, don't have any work expenses, etc [meaning that they don't consider the fact that we pay taxes, etc]
    3 - Turkers cannot possibly use MTurk as their only source of income

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    Turkers don't deserve respect. It's 'okay' for requesters to say or do anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spamgirl View Post
    For example,
    • Turkers are all from developing countries
    • Turkers don't talk to each other or form communities
    • Turkers are all uneducated, unskilled
    • Turkers cheat A LOT
    • Turkers Turk just for fun, not money, so low pay is fine
    • $3 per hour is amazing pay on mTurk
    • We're all glad to get any amount of money because we can Turk in our PJs


    Please add your own to the list!!
    You already sum these up, spamgirl.

    I can add mine, but it's just similar to yours and others: Turkers are cheap labor sources.

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    Turkers do not have bad body odor. We shower just like everybody else.

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    Whenever I want input on these sorts of questions, you guys *amaze* me!! These are awesome! If you think of any more please share. I'm going to take this list with me to talks and tell the world that their myths are flawed.
    It's all good.

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