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Thread: *** IMPORTANT READ: HITs You Should NOT Do! ***

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    This is the reason I found this site I was questing weather we should be bypassing security marks for someone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pishpot View Post
    This is the reason I found this site I was questing weather we should be bypassing security marks for someone else.
    ...uh, what does that mean again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pishpot View Post
    This is the reason I found this site I was questing weather we should be bypassing security marks for someone else.
    If you mean entering CAPTCHA codes onto a website or forum outside of Mturk, you shouldn't do those hits because they are most likely spammers.

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    Great, helpful information and boy is it ever timely. I just returned a hit that required the use of a plug-in that you have to download. I returned it...thank goodness

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    Have an email address that you specifically use for Amazon Turk. Don't put information in the email address that can identify you. Use something like sportsfan829@yahoo.com. Also be sure not to use your account assigned to you by your ISP (like s.taylor2@comcast.com).

    That way if you do get hit with SPAM, they don't know who you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccfan View Post
    Have an email address that you specifically use for Amazon Turk. Don't put information in the email address that can identify you. Use something like sportsfan829@yahoo.com. Also be sure not to use your account assigned to you by your ISP (like s.taylor2@comcast.com).

    That way if you do get hit with SPAM, they don't know who you are.
    You could do that. You could use mailinator. However, remember that asking for identifying info/email addresses is a violation of the TOS for Mechanical Turk. You should be reporting them via the little link on the bottom right of a HIT. There are some legitmate ones, but they are still in violation of the TOS. Typically if it is for an academic survey requester, I let them know in a message through mTurk. That rule is in place to help protect people's identities and reduce spam and scams. There is a legitimate way for a requester to contact you without your email. mTurk has a method for this and you will get the message in your email forwarded from mTurk. There is no reason for them to ask other than laziness, unawareness, ineptitude, OR malicious intent.

    More info can be had in this thread:
    http://turkernation.com/showthread.p...rting-bad-hits!
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    Tons of awesome tips!!! I just hope I can remember it all lol.

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    Thanks for this! It was very helpful, I had been wondering about scams.

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    Two things

    I have had legitimate university surveys have an email field at the end of the survey, asking to followup/put you in a prize drawing. Should these be reported?

    Asking for zip codes is always prohibited, right? I have seen this a lot as well. What can they do with a zip code?

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    I have no idea what they do with your demographics unless it's seeing how many people in an area think this way. I'm not too afraid of handing out my zip. To me, it's the same as handing out my city or state.

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