Mass rejections

First, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Sherry, lead organizer for Turkopticon. I have been a Turker for going on 6 years. You may ask why did I finally decide to step up and work to make Turk better? Two words: MASS REJECTION. My personal story involves having a great history of finding good new requesters and having plenty of wiggle room in my approval rating so I decided to work for a new requester in the same hopes of finding good work. That is when my Mturk experience drastically changed and I knew I had to stand up.

The hits were simple: look up a website then copy and paste some information (or so I thought). I did approximately 80 hits before I thought I should stop until some of these approve. I went on turking like normal, doing a few surveys and then went to check my dashboard. I was speechless when I saw the screen: 80+ rejections. I had never had this experience before and I instantly contacted the requester. I then went to the Turkopticon website and there it was: Numerous workers receiving the same treatment. No response from the requester. I emailed Amazon and didn’t get a response from them either. That’s when I realized we, as Turkers, have no option but to just take it when a requester wants to scam the system and not pay workers. Amazon takes no responsibility in protecting us. We’re basically on our own. I knew when Turkopticon reached out and asked for help that I could no longer stay hidden and I had to speak up!

Now, I’m asking you. What’s your experience with mass rejections and how have you handled them? Which requesters are guilty? Has Amazon helped resolve them in any way? Please send your stories to us at so we can work together to fix mass rejections and make Turk better for us all.

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