Newsletter 12

Our August 2021 newsletter. You can see our previous newsletters on our blog here.

We changed from the UCSD server to our own server on Sunday July 11th, made possible thanks to the generous donations from people like you. This will improve our reliability and speed. This is a moment that we have been working towards for a while now.

Have you been affected by a mass rejection? We’d love to hear your story. Please Contact us here.

See the bottom of the newsletter for how you can submit short articles.

You Are Invited!

It is that time again, and our next open community forum is rapidly approaching! Please feel free to join us at any time during the forum during the hours of 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST on Wednesday, August 18th. This will be our fouth month, and we are having such great conversations with people and hearing fantastic ideas.

Please visit us on Facebook or Twitter to learn more and register. You may also register using this link:

We are excited to “see” you on the 18th!

Turkopticon is looking for suggestions!

Do you have suggestions for how to make Turkopticon better and would like to share them with us, please email and someone will be in contact to further hear about your suggestions and see how we all can work together to make Turk better for all of us.

Even if you think your ideas are ones we should know please don’t be afraid to send them our way because we listen to all suggestions and want everyone to be heard!

What is a “Turker Open Forum” and Why Should I Go?

We are rapidly approaching our next and fourth Turker Open Forum.  Stay tuned for details by following our Twitter account, @turkopticon, or our Facebook page. I have been present in each forum and can say that I have learned so much and have had wonderful conversations with people from all over the world. The ideas that have been brought to us from attendees are well-thought-out and even though we may be tired at the end of the four hours, we are buzzing with excitement over the conversation.

This month we would like to add some other things to our conversations. Whether you are a newbie or a veteran, come discuss the things that will help you work better and smarter. Let’s discuss forums and other resources for turkers. Turkopticon wants to help you better navigate the AMT world so you can maximize your earnings.

The invite, sign-up form, and link will all be provided closer to the date of the next forum which will be announced soon.

If you are already a proficient turker, you may be wondering why you should come. There is a certain feeling that comes with meeting others who do the same work as you. Simply speaking to others who understand what you do for work is a relief. Have you tried explaining everything AMT to a person who doesn’t know anything about it? That is not a small task. Knowing that people from across the world have some of the same likes and dislikes helps us to know that we are doing the correct thing by trying to improve the system. Please come and share your AMT story, what works for you, and what doesn’t.  We don’t require camera use, we don’t record, we don’t share your names, and this is for turkers only. We have an interpreter for Spanish and we also use the chat function in Zoom. There, we can type and translate if needed. We have gone to great lengths to make sure this is a safe place to come and talk.

All of us at Turkopticon hope to see or hear you this month! As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!

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Turkopticon helps the people in the 'crowd' of crowdsourcing watch out for each other—because nobody else seems to be! Almost half of the Mechanical Turk workers who wrote their Bill of Rights demanded protection from employers who take their work without paying. Turkopticon lets you REPORT and AVOID shady employers.