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Feb 27 2014      Please consider using the most recent user script. It is the most recent version of Turkopticon (updated today). It is probably faster and more reliable than the extensions.

If you use Chrome, you can install the script manually or use the Tampermonkey extension.

If you use Firefox, you can use Greasemonkey to install the script and the Toggle Mixed Active Content extension to disable Firefox's mixed content blocking. (I hope for this to be unnecessary soon.)

By "more reliable", I mean you are probably less likely to get a JavaScript error.

This is because it calls this server (turkopticon.ucsd.edu) directly, rather than calling our old server, which the extensions still point to and sometimes gets overloaded.

Also, when you click "report your experience with this requester", the user script puts the right name in the requester name field of the review form. If a requester has changed their name, the extensions put the old name in the form.

All this said, my goal for tomorrow is to update both extensions. So to be completely honest you could save yourself the trouble and wait... [That didn't work out. No time estimate for extension updates. My best current recommendation is to use the user script. Sorry :-/ —Six, 31 Mar 2014]


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.

snoogiebug from turkernation says, "if you do not have this please get it!!!! it does work and is worth it !!"


How Turkopticon works:

Turkopticon in action

Turkopticon adds functionality to Amazon Mechanical Turk as you browse for HITs and review status of work you've done. As you browse HITs, Turkopticon places a button next to each requester and highlights requesters for whom there are reviews from other workers. Bad reviews let you avoid shady employers and good reviews help you find fair ones. You can view reports made against requesters with a quick click.

As you review HITs you've completed, are there HITs you weren't fairly paid for? Turkopticon adds a button that lets you review requesters from your "Status Detail" page.

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