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Rate and tag game! v.9 (bonus up to $1.3-3.7) (dlgr-2225c1d3-cd7e-ba8e) - $0.10
$0.36 / hour
00:16:27 / completion time
ProsPossible to get a okay bonus if you rush through quickly.
ConsIn this HIT you are given images, and you rate tags people have added to them, while also adding your own. For example, a picture of cows at a farm might have tags like, "barn", "cows", "grass", "field", and so on. If you're quick and add good tags you can get a decent bonus. However, the time it takes to actually do a good job makes this not worth it.
If you do a good job of adding new tags to most of the images in addition to rating them, the time it takes to finish is so much higher than the 8 minutes they say it will take. Worse yet, when you add a new tag that has never been used before, you're only given a 1 cent bonus, which is also conditional on a certain amount of time having passed between when you tagged it, and when the system decides to award you that one cent.
Even worse, the experiment can end early, because other Workers can arbitrarily flag your tags and fail you out, making it actually detrimental to try doing a good job. There is no risk to flagging tags, but if one of your tags has been flagged, your work ends, along with any chance to get a higher bonus. Sure, you get to keep all that you earned, but some of the bonuses you earn along the way (such as when you add those new tags, as I mentioned) are only paid after a certain amount of time has passed, or other users have upvoted them. Meaning you potentially lost out on a higher bonus than you should have been paid, because another Worker thought it would be funny to stick it to you!
For example, when I was doing this, I tagged a room with a bed, closets, doorway, and a mirror as a "bedroom". I also tagged "mirror" because there was a mirror on the wall. Another Worker named "Jimmy" flagged my tags soon after, and I was forced out of the experiment. I wasn't even able to leave feedback at the end to explain to the Requestor how a system where other Workers can dole out punishments without risk is a flawed system to say the least!
Advice to RequesterThe system is entirely broken. Doing good work makes it not worth the pay, while rushing through gives you the highest possible payment for time spent. Worse, the system in place makes it so that unfair Workers can hurt other Workers without any recourse. There is no punishment in place for false flagging, but any Worker who is flagged by anyone for any reason is immediately booted from continuing the work.
This means that someone could game the system by flagging all the tags they see, in order to prevent people who were currently working from going forward. This would make all the future images completely tag free, making it so that only they would be able to add tags and get a higher bonus than possible for anyone else. Worse still, they could tag completely irrelevant things, as if they knocked out enough people from doing the HIT, there would be no one left to judge their own tags.
Honestly, the system needs to be completely redone. There's no incentive to do good work, and all the incentive to play unfairly. The bonus system also discourages doing good work, since getting a slightly higher pay requires so much time and effort that it isn't even worth doing. Better to just rush through than give a quality performance.
Point on Image: The Memory Game New (Bonus up to $1.50!) [nrp240v1] (dlgr-ba47586d) - $0.10 +1.40 bonus Confirmed!
$6.22 / hour
00:14:28 / completion time
ProsEdit: bonus paid same day within minutes of completion.
ConsGarbage. Long and repetitive. 105 trials. Potential for $1.50 bonus, but this doesn't make up for abysmal pay rate for the time required to do this HIT. Bonus is dependent on accuracy. YMMV on bonus.
At first this goes painfully slow, but then after a few trials they crank up the speed. You are still looking at an average of 10 seconds per trial with page loading and transitions. Pretty sure they also start shrinking the photos as you progress. Just avoid.
Advice to RequesterTime is money. Pay a higher base payment in addition to the bonus. The bonus alone doesn't even make this worth it.
Simple image similarity task (approximately $1.86 bonus!) (dlgr-d1309feb-a5c9-8772) - $0.10
$0.54 / hour
00:11:09 / completion time
ProsTypical CoCoSci. Relatively easy comparing two pictures for similarity.
Greetings from Amazon Mechanical Turk,
You've received a bonus from CoCoSci Lab at Princeton for work related to 37VHPF5VYDR8C61KJD9LRWBLU8Z8CY.
The value of your bonus is: $1.88 USD
The Requester included this note:
Thank for participating! Here is your bonus.
Thanks for being a Worker on Mechanical Turk!
ConsYou count down the counter to see how many more to go to get to 85 done. It seems longer than it is.