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Mass Rejection Campaign Update!
Hey, team! Things have been happening with the mass rejection campaign and we are very happy to share the updates with you. Many of you know that we have been circulating a petition in which the leaders of Amazon Mechanical Turk were asked to:
1. Limit the number of rejections the platform will allow to affect a worker’s approval rate when a requester rejects all work (i.e. 10 rejections per day would affect the approval rating, the others would, of course, still be rejected, but only the first 10 would affect the worker’s rating.)
2. Consult with the coalition of worker forums to problem-solve together to create solutions and improve Mechanical Turk for everyone.
The petition currently holds 2323 signatures and we have since been able to meet with representatives from the Amazon Mechanical Turk department twice to discuss the topic.
The first meeting took place in March of this year. We gathered with seven folks from AMT for a half-hour meeting so that we could propose the changes to the mass rejection system. They brought up some questions and said they would look into things so that we could meet again. While it wasn’t the earth-shattering, “You are absolutely correct and we will change everything you’ve mentioned,” outcome, gaining a second meeting was a big deal.
It has been less than a week since the second meeting with them, and (with their permission) we decided to share the updates with you. One of the AMT team members explained that they changed from an “old script” to a “recording mechanism” that involves leadership teams in rejections. It was mentioned that the AMT folks want to sit with us to help with communications on the website.
The story doesn’t end here!
Stay tuned for further updates, sign the petition at www.turkopticon.net/sign, and come to our community forums!
Our Next Open Forum
If you have thoughts on Turkopticon’s mass rejection campaign or any other issues facing turkers, we would like to invite you to our open community forum on Tuesday, June 28th. Turkers can stop by between the hours of 1-3 pm EST. As always, we will try to answer questions about the platform itself, turker tools and forums, how to get started on AMT, and more. Please fill out the registration form at the link below and we will provide the Zoom link. Camera use is optional. Feel free to come for 2 minutes or the full 2 hours. We look forward to chatting with you all next week!
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