October 23, 2018

Dear Turkopticon users,

We are planning to stop accepting new reviews on January 1, 2019.

Turkopticon has been an all-volunteer operation for almost ten years - but this model has reached its limit.

We are grateful beyond words to everyone in the community who has helped Turkopticon survive this long - especially and above all the volunteer moderators, who have worked tirelessly for years to keep Turkopticon reviews and discussion relevant and useful; and feihtality, who volunteered hundreds of hours programming TO2 in an effort to address some of the problems with TO1.

We're happy with what we managed to achieve together, but it's time for Turkopticon to give way to the next generation of tools. As far as we can tell, TurkerView does everything Turkopticon does - and it looks like their community has solved a lot of the problems we didn't manage to. If you don't know them already, you may also want to visit worker-run forums such as TurkerNation, MTurk Crowd, and TurkerHub.

We plan to keep both the Turkopticon 1 and Turkopticon 2 websites up until at least January 1, 2020. All reviews will be accessible through the websites in their current form. Anonymized TO1 reviews will also be available via an API and as a file download. If you have questions, feel free to get in touch directly or to post to the TO forum.

We're also available to take part in other projects - suggested by workers - to support the community. But we think it's good that workers, not us, will be fully in charge of decisions about tools and infrastructure.

Turkopticon has been a big part of our lives for the last ten years. Thank you all for everything.

Lilly Irani and Six Silberman

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