Talk:Amazon Mechanical Turk

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Obvious bias?[edit]

I find it unlikely that the fact that there is scant reference to criticism on this page and the fact that wikipedia is premised in unpaid crowdsourced labor are coincidental. Any thoughts? Perhaps editors would have an easier time developing a more honest Reception section if they considered that Turkers are largely working for for-profit companies. Zerriform (talk) 16:57, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

Out of date?[edit]

hi there, the wikipedia article cites some out of date sources (they are claimed to be obsolete by the author of the source). This: "According to a survey conducted through one MTurk HIT, Turkers are primarily located in the United States[6] with demographics generally similar to the overall Internet population in the US.[7]" Uses this source [6]: http://www.behind-the-enemy-lines.com/2008/03/mechanical-turk-demographics.html

In that link, the author of the source has alerted viewers that the results are obsolete and new results can be found here: http://www.behind-the-enemy-lines.com/2010/03/new-demographics-of-mechanical-turk.html — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.152.74.212 (talk) 05:15, 5 January 2012 (UTC)

Payment[edit]

Turk pays in more than store credit; they pay in actual money, see http://www.mturk.com/mturk/help?helpPage=gettingpaid -- money earned here can be transferred to a US bank account. They use amazon.com for account management, though, so this is an easy mistake to make. And I suspect that a lot of people will just leave the money in their amazon accounts anyway, since you can buy so much off of amazon these days. Izzycat 13:59, 15 November 2005 (UTC)

Umm is it USBank account or U.S. Bank account as in a account with US bank or a bank account in the U.S. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 208.7.93.62 (talk) 17:57, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia[edit]

Just thought I'd point out that this has been used in the past to drive Wikipedia editing (it may still be in use, but I haven't seen it lately). See [1], [2]. -- Gyrofrog (talk) 15:21, 25 February 2009 (UTC)

Fresh report of its use to spam Wikipedia at Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Spam#Amazon_Turk_spam. -CliffC (talk) 02:59, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

The article describing Mechanical Turk Requesters as "computer programmers" is simply wrong.[edit]

A Mechanical Turk requester is simply someone that wants a job done. This can be writing a short article about a particular subject or it can be classifying products in a particular category. There's no reason why a requester needs to be classified as a computer programmer as computer programming is an unrelated field. I've done over 600 tasks for Mturk.

You do need some computer skills to request a job.75.91.62.154 (talk) 01:14, 16 May 2012 (UTC)
"Computer programming (often shortened to programming or coding) is the process of designing, writing, testing, debugging, and maintaining the source code of computer programs." From the Wiki article. I agree, there's absolutely no reason to refer to Requesters as "programmers". Being able to use a web service makes you a programmer like being able to do your taxes makes you an economist. 72.221.122.168 (talk) 16:15, 11 June 2012 (UTC)


Agree fully. "computer programmers" gives a false representation here, if you make a request or survey it requires about as much 'programming' as making a bowl of cereal requires cooking. Changing it to individuals and businesses, if someone has a better idea please replace it. Sulfurboy (talk) 11:00, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

Slightly pointless?[edit]

‘Quality of the entries can vary from usable to useless.’ In other news, the temperature of water can vary from freezing to boiling. Do we really need this? WikitorrensT 02:54, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Too many buzzwords[edit]

Some sections read more like a manual than an encyclopedia. Slight changes in wording should do the trick; see WP:JARGON. -- M2545 (talk) 22:54, 17 June 2015 (UTC)


Add to Artist Section[edit]

I was hoping to add myself to the Artistic and educational research page as follows, but since it is a conflict of interest for me to add myself I'd appreciate your action on my behalf:

Artist xtine burrough has been collaborating with the Turkers to make art that involves bodily presence such as The Mechanical Olympics (Turkers have been creating an online alternative to the Olympic Games since 2008)[1],[2] Endless Om (Turkers chant "Om" for an endless loop of video Oms), and Mediations on Digital Labor (a gallery exhibit that showcased reflections made by the Turkers after being paid to rest). [3], [4]

Thanks! Xtineburrough (talk) 14:14, 6 October 2015 (UTC) Xtineburrough (talk) 19:04, 12 March 2016 (UTC)

Hi Xtineburrough. I don't really see the point of adding this project. As you can see from reading the page, there are very few mentions of specific projects using the Amazon Mechanical Turk—most of the article summarizes general categories of usage instead. I'm sure your art project is very interesting and innovative, but adding it to the article would not follow Wikipedia's guideline on balancing the content of a page. Altamel (talk) 20:36, 13 March 2016 (UTC)