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Thread: Worker Account Halted for 5 minutes

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    Just happened to me tonight. Tried to open several tabs but didn't realize that a Captcha was popping up. Took it as my cue to call it done for the night.

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    Unhappy account halted?

    I clicked a couple of things, then I got a message that said my worker account has been halted for 5 mins? Why would they do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yjennings View Post
    I clicked a couple of things, then I got a message that said my worker account has been halted for 5 mins? Why would they do that?
    This happens when you fail to complete a CAPTCHA 3 times in a row. Are you running scripts or Pandas? It could be that one of your scripts keeps trying accept HITs when there is a CAPTCHA to be completed.
    Eschew obfuscation, espouse elucidation. Batch HITs for newbs. 1000 req'd. 5000 req'd.

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    Is the "Worker Account Halted for 5 minutes" Error a Big Deal?

    Missed a couple captcha's and got this message today.

    Research shows that it's probably no big deal but the verbiage "This can happen when you repeatedly perform actions that indicate you are not abiding by the Participation Agreement" sounds pretty serious.

    This happened one other time about two weeks ago. Obviously I don't intend to let it happen again but now I'm worried about raising red flags over at Amazon. I use Hitscraper and Pandacrazy but nothing that would violate TOS (like bots or scripts to complete HITS.)

    Any thoughts appreciated as I'm still a little concerned about this...

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    Worker Account Halted

    Today I have been repeatedly presented with capchas, like 10 an hour. Sometimes they even appear AFTER I accepted a HIT and say I didn't solve the capcha. Then I get a message saying my account is "halted" for 5 minutes and "We have noticed possible irregular activities with your account." And "Your account has been temporarily halted. This can happen when you repeatedly perform actions that indicate you are not abiding by the Participation Agreement. A halted account is unable to preview, accept, resume, or submit HITs. This halt will be automatically lifted by the system after 5 minutes."
    What could be going on here? I'm not doing anything wrong and I can't imagine what could be considered "irregular" except the extremely unusual number of capchas.

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    Seems to be a problem on their end. I'm sorry it's happening to you.

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