Newbie question

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by barb, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. barb

    barb New Member

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    Hi,

    I'm a relative newbie - I haven't done a lot of work on MTurk and am brand new to the forum. 4 weeks ago I did a job for someone and it's still showing a status of "pending approval." I tried to contact the requestor twice, and haven't heard back.

    The hit was a transcription file, and it listed payment as $0, but the requestors notes also said that his clients didn't pay if work was not satisfactory. I felt confident in my quality and would have expected at least approval or something.

    How long does it normally take to get a reply from a requestor and how does it come in? Has anyone else experienced this and is it appropriate to expect to have been paid?

    THANKS!
    Barb
     
  2. Oceanfloats

    Oceanfloats Member

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    I don't think they talk to newbies around here. :p

    I'm newbie and I don't know for sure the answer to your issue, but if it were me, I'd report that to Mturk.

    I don't touch hits that aren't offering any pay. I just assume if the payment said 0.00, that the hit was broken or just not ready yet.

    Some payments come almost right away, others the very next day, and some take a few days. That being said, I still have a few that are 3 weeks old. I *think* after a month you get paid automatically if you haven't been rejected yet, but I am not sure. I'm a semi-newbie, myself. :)

    Good luck.
     
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  3. Malaclypse

    Malaclypse User

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    ten days turking before probations over. nothing pays until then. that's ten days in which you did hits, not ten days from your first one.


    i suggest reading the noobie thread, it'll answer questions you didn't even know you had.

    we'll talk to anyone, but outside of the greatest hits thread you're likely to be waiting awhile for anyone to notice the post.


    edit- wait if the pay was zero why on earth did you do it?
     
  4. Bella

    Bella User

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    We do talk to newbies, lol. It's easiest, if you need an active response, to post in the daily Great Hits thread. (Yes, it can look like nothing important, but it's where the most people are actively monitoring the thread--it's sort of a water cooler.)

    Now, to answer the original question...

    Requesters have up to thirty days after you did the hit to approve or pay. When you contact a requester, their reply will go to the email you signed up with. Every requester is different on how responsive they are--some will answer within hours, others may never respond at all. They're not required to. I would go ahead and contact Amazon, but you'll likely get little response even from them--and it probably won't be positive if you do.

    It's best to avoid requesters paying $0, unless you know they are reputable. (There are reasons, such as awarding bonuses, that a legitimate requester could make a hit that would pay zero, but honestly, except for that, I wouldn't trust a zero dollar hit.)

    There is a review site, that also has a browser script that is related, that allows you to see rankings other turkers have given. It's called Turkopticon.
     
  5. philalethist

    philalethist New Member

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    I don't know if this will help you or not but I recently bought 'Cashing in on Transcription - Turk Style' by Amy Marre through Amazon, $2.99 on Kindle. I haven't started doing any transcription work yet because I don't yet have headphones but I think there's a lot of good information in this book. She tells you about the main companies that offer transcription through MTurk and how they all operate, the equipment you need, etc. and I find that information useful to have. Just throwing it out here.
     

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