hit to qualify for a bunch of upcoming surveys

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    Says they have more people than they need!
     
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    I did that yesterday, I hope it's legit...the stuff in that HIT could have easily been a qualifying test right before the survey.
     
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    It asks for your email, so that kind of indicates a scam to me.
     
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    I would not do a survey that pre-qualifies. They could put their qualifications in the survey. I also would not do a survey that is not willing to pay something. They should give something as a gesture of goodwill. I agree with rcking09 sounds scammy to me.
     
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    The qual was simply to make sure that you understand some simple math. I dont see anything wrong with it and there was certainly nothing "scammy" about it.
     
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    Any HIT that requires your email violates TOS. They don't need your email -- they have the ability to contact you through mTurk if you complete one of their HITs. As far as being a qualifier, good for them. Weeds out scammers from the beginning and leaves the work for people that care.
     
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    Yeah, but when it comes to university researchers, I think that email requests are the Amazon-law equivalent of jay walking.

    I jjust use my spidey sense when it comes to email requests. I usually refuse. Have only given out my email a very few times, and never been burned yet. I try to walk the fine line between cynical and paranoid there.
     
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    I have backed out of many hits involving my email address, but this one I did. So far so good, I got the first survey (took under 5mins) for $.50 with bonus *potential* - and second survey is suppose to come tomorrow. The school is Bocconi in Italy (logos seem in line as well as contact names) and as far as I can tell it looks legit.....of course I have been proven wrong before but I'm happy so far....
     
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    Yeah I did the first HIT, it seems legit...Maybe he's had negative past experiences and thought this was the best way to go about it.
     
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    Says they've got more than they need or something, whatever I just returned the hit.
     
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    They made it sound initially like they were going to pay "an average of $2.50 for each of several fifteen minute surveys," and it looks like they're really paying fifty cents for two surveys--and that's for doing both, not each. With a ten percent chance of a bonus that will almost certainly amount to a single dollar for most of the lucky few who get it. So it is rather scammy, really.

    I'm into it now, though. I've wasted enough time on it that I might as well do the surveys so I can get my measly fifty goddamn cents.
     
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    I agree, just putting it out there. Researchers are iffy, I don't go around reporting them or anything but I wish they would take more time to educate themselves about the mTurk process before diving ballz in and listening to what Amazon recommends.
     
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    Yeah they did word it differently than what it actually is...
     
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    I've never understood why people get all paranoid about giving out their email address anyway. It's just a method to contact you. Do you not put your email address on things like business cards?

    If it's an issue of worrying about getting spam mail, that's why gmail has spam folders. If that isn't enough for you, it's free to create email addresses, you can always maintain one address specifically for this sort of thing.
     
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    Like eagreble, I did this HIT. Soon after, the requester sent the first survey and I completed it too. Everything looks legit so far.
     
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    You've missed nothing. It turns out to be a mere two surveys that work out to twenty-five cents apiece, which is one tenth the pay the cheap scamming fucks promised.
     
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    This guy's HIT was for 4 days, I completed both surveys and have still not gotten the completion code. It ends in 5 hours...I'm thinking this was a scam.

    Edit: Scratch that, the code ended up in the Junk folder. Damn you iMail!!!
     
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