Newsletter 26 – March 2023

On Thursday, March 22, Turkopticon will present an interactive session at MozFest 2023 and you are invited!

What is MozFest? According to the festival website, MozFest is a unique hybrid: part art, tech, and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world.

Where can I read more about Turkopticon’s session? To read more about Turkopticon’s session, Uniting the Amazon Mechanical Turk Workers Behind AI: The Challenges of Virtual Global Organizing, visit our session page!

How do I get tickets and how much are they? To secure a MozFest ticket, visit the website. The cost of a ticket is whatever you can afford. Don’t have extra money right now? No problem! Reserve your ticket today.

Do you have additional questions?

Contact Turkopticon via TwitterFacebook, or email us at  and we will be happy to help.

Remember your Reviews

Within the Mturk community, there is a preference to review the bad, and often forget about the good. I’d say this is similar to a lot of review situations. We, as humans, just want to let the world know when we are mad!

Let’s think about the good we can foster by stepping out of that rut and reviewing the good as well. A requester with good reviews will get more work done, faster. They will end up attracting those turkers who guard their rejection rates with ferocity, they will get new turkers who cannot afford a rejection, and they will get the humans who know to look for reviews (I don’t think the bots are there yet). They will get the best of us. Having a prompt and favorable reply to their work is going to encourage them to consider turk in the future.

In the current atmosphere of competing platforms and internal issues with Mturk, we need to ask ourselves if we are doing all we can, in our limited capacity as workers, to help the requesters choose Mturk for their next project. Now we all know the competitive side of MTurk and the tendency to keep the good work to ourselves, but when a requester does not get enough traction or diversified data, Mturk will be a less appealing option for their next batch or study. So I understand not putting a post online or telling everyone you know to watch the requester, but one little good review will help those turkers who like to help themselves and do their research, and your favorite secret batch will be more successful and hopefully show up again.

Personally, if I tell myself vaguely that I’m going to do something, I 100% will not do the thing. I like to quantify it in some way. Perhaps a promise to do two good reviews a week, or one good review any time I leave a bad one. Remember, with a free Turkopticon account, you can review requesters here. Don’t forget even those that have plenty of reviews already, may have increased pay or improved study layouts. Even long-time requesters can benefit from continuously being reviewed. Let’s get to reviewing, turkers!

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!

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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.