If you are one of the mTurk worker & your mTurk earnings matters a lot for you than Turkopticon toolbar can play an important role in your life.
mTurk has become one of the best place for many of the companies (known as requester in mTurk) to get their thousands of short tasks done by many of the skilled mTurk workers.
There are thousands of people all over the world who are partly or fully dependent on Amazon Mechanical Turk and making some decent earnings from this. Thanks to the good requesters in mTurk.
But good comes with bad. There are requesters who, in spite of receiving properly completed tasks from many of the mTurk workers, reject their work. Therefore many of the people who complete the tasks for such requesters lose their earnings. And many of the workers who just started in mTurk and trying to build good ratings get affected.
So ignoring these bad requesters in Amazon Mechanical Turk is very important. You need to check the reputation of each requester even before accepting their task.
One idea is to join mTurk forums where you can ask with other mTurk workers who has worked with that requester and ask about its reputation. But this will be a bit tedious as every time, you want to work with a new requester, you have to login to the forum and contact other workers.
The other simple way to check the reputation of any requester is to install the Turkopticon Toolbar.
Refer: An Ultimate Guide to Making Money with Amazon mTurk
What is Turkopticon Toolbar?
Turkopticon Toolbar is a Firefox extension that shows the requester ratings given by other mTurk workers before you accept the task from that requester. Just check the screenshot below how the Turkopticon toolbar shows you the reputation-
Just check above how Turkopticon toolbar shows you the ratings of the requesters. When you install Turkopticon toolbar in Firefox, a red color arrow icon appears before each requester and after clicking on the arrow, it will show you the rating of the requester.
So when you browse the hits in Amazon Mechanical Turk, just click on the arrow and it will the highlight the reputation of the requester given by various mTurk workers. Average rating below 2.5 out 5 means you have to avoid that requester and the rating above that you can consider working with that requester.
The first image shows its a good advertiser based on 17 reviews and the second one shows the bad reputation based on 101 reviews from the workers.
How to install Turkopticon toolbar?
Its very easy to install Turkopticon toolbar. This toolbar is available for Firefox & Google Chrome so if you want to use Turkopticon, you have to either use Firefox or Google Chrome. Firefox is more preferable.
Download Turkopticon for Firefox from here
Download Turkopticon for Chrome from here
So now there is no more worry for the rejection of your good work. Enjoy completing task & get paid for all your work. Share your experience if Turkopticon helped you in some way or other.