MTurk Hits: Unable to work on hits despite passing qualification test.

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  1. leahlefler profile image99
    leahleflerposted 5 years ago

    I passed the qualification test for rating hubs (obtained a 92% score and received the $5 bonus), but when I returned to Mechanical Turk to actually rate hubs, the HIT states I am not qualified. I am posting a screenshot of the page.


    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/7669616_f248.jpg


    The qualification requires a score of "30" and I have a score of "192," so I'm not qualified despite passing the qualification test. Is this a glitch in the system?

    1. Horatio Plot profile image80
      Horatio Plotposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Leah, the problem is that you are too qualified; about 6 and a half times too qualified if I'm not mistaken. This causes problems because you would be rejecting Aunty and Panty Hubs all over the place, and there where would we be.

      1. leahlefler profile image99
        leahleflerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Horatio, my ratings were close in agreement to the "standard" ratings pre-assigned to the screening test hubs (92% match rate), which means I rated the "good" hubs appropriately and rejected the "garbage" hubs appropriately - most of the time, anyway. The screening test has a few great hubs and a few really bad hubs - and a mix in between.

    2. Fawntia profile imageSTAFF
      Fawntiaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm afraid that I can't see the image, but if you message me through HubPages and tell me your Mechanical Turk worker ID (which you can find on the "Your Account" tab), I will look into it.

      My guess is that you just need the Adult Content Qualification. Try clicking on the name of our HITs ("Rate an online article (adult content rare but possible)") on this page:

      https://www.mturk.com/mturk/searchbar?s … 2ES1DAIYZZ

      Does it say that you have an Adult Content Qualification of 1? If not, then click the link and it will take you to a quick agreement saying that you are aware that you might encounter adult content and you are over 18. Then you should be able to work on the HITs.

      I will add this step to the FAQ, because I forgot about it. My apologies!

      Edit: Also, congrats on passing the test with the highest score so far!

      1. Fawntia profile imageSTAFF
        Fawntiaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I was able to figure out your worker ID based on your test score, and everything looks good on our end, so I think it must be an issue with the Adult Content qualification and/or you were clicking on the screening test HITs rather than our regular HITs. Either way, I hope that this is solved for you!

        1. leahlefler profile image99
          leahleflerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks, Fawntia! It is working now - I needed to take the "adult content" qualification step. I am now able to work on hits under that heading, so the problem is solved! Thanks for helping a confused, caffeine-deficient hubber (off to fire up the Keurig, haha).

          1. Fawntia profile imageSTAFF
            Fawntiaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Good, I'm glad to hear it.

      2. Marsha Musselman1 profile image84
        Marsha Musselman1posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        My question is that in the rating of new hubs, why isn't there a place for suggestions to the author?

        I rated a few great hubs recently that really needed more paragraphs to split up long text blocks, but I had no way to let anyone know about this.

        Also, is the only way to let the author know about mistakes made in spelling or words left out, or wrong word usage, in the comment section of the particular hub, or is there another place to do this that I don't know about yet?

        1. Fawntia profile imageSTAFF
          Fawntiaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          We're considering creating a better way to give suggestions to the author of a Hub, but such a thing does not exist yet, unfortunately! The comments section is the only way to do that currently. The author can always delete your comment after they fix whatever mistake you noticed.

  2. Simone Smith profile image93
    Simone Smithposted 5 years ago

    I'm so sorry about that, leahlefler!

    First, thanks so much for taking the test and signing up for MTurk!

    Second, I am pretty sure this is a bug, but I'm not sure what might be causing it- Fawntia, our MTurk queen, will have to dig into the problem, which I am reporting now. Hopefully we'll get it resolved soon!

    1. meloncauli profile image94
      meloncauliposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Simone.
      I have tried three times to join MTurk but keep being refused. I read that they have too many applicants. sad

      1. Simone Smith profile image93
        Simone Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Oh, is that so? I wonder if that has something to do with it.... We'll see shortly, I suppose!!

      2. Judi Bee profile image95
        Judi Beeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        We Brits can't get paid (only Americans and Indians apparently), so no loss anyway meloncauli.

        1. meloncauli profile image94
          meloncauliposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Really? I didn't know that. I thought perhaps it was paid in Amazon vouchers for UK? I didn't get as far as a test lol!

          1. Judi Bee profile image95
            Judi Beeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            The Amazon vouchers are only usable on Amazon.com, not Amazon.uk.  I've added a comment on another thread asking HP to make it clear that non-US/Indian residents can't get paid.

            1. meloncauli profile image94
              meloncauliposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              That's a good idea because it was only through HP that I actually knew of MTurk!

              1. Judi Bee profile image95
                Judi Beeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                I got an email from HP yesterday which suggested I apply for the test since my Hub Hopping accuracy was pretty good - how ironic!

                1. CASE1WORKER profile image63
                  CASE1WORKERposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  Judy B
                  cant you use it to download e books? also a lot of us firms deliver to the UK

                  1. Judi Bee profile image95
                    Judi Beeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    It didn't work for me when I tried it.  Had a gift voucher first time I got paid through the Amazon Associates programme and had to return it because when I tried to download an ebook it returned me to Amazon.uk where the voucher was useless.  They were pretty good about it and reimbursed my account and I got paid by cheque.

                    Also I wouldn't sign up to a company that paid me and then obliged me to spend my earnings with them.  It reminds me of the old Cornish tin companies that minted their own pennies that could only be spent in company shops.

    2. leahlefler profile image99
      leahleflerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, Simone! Also, it is Saturday - you should be sleeping at 7:00 in the morning! smile

      1. Simone Smith profile image93
        Simone Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Pah! HubPages never sleeps!!!

        1. leahlefler profile image99
          leahleflerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Simone, tell the truth: are you a robot? tongue

          1. Simone Smith profile image93
            Simone Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Real name = SIM1

    3. PoeticVine profile image65
      PoeticVineposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I believe I may be having the same problem, so I'll keep an eye to this thread.

  3. WriteAngled profile image79
    WriteAngledposted 5 years ago

    I couldn't even download a free e-book off Amazon.com. I was sent to the UK site, which informed me the book was not available. Actually, I only tried to get it because someone wanted me to review it. I loathe e-books and would not dream of wasting money (even virtual coupon money) on one.

    I would not apply for the paid hopping anyway, because I'm not interested in doing piecework to rigid rules set by an employer. However, if I were interested, this would put me off totally.

  4. spartucusjones profile image94
    spartucusjonesposted 5 years ago

    I guess they don't like us Canadians either! I ended up checking the fine print to see if you are allowed to use it if you have a US Back account (I set up my US Bank account so that I could sell on Amazon.com), but it looks like I would have to be a US resident.

    1. Simone Smith profile image93
      Simone Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Gah- sorry about that!

  5. Healthyannie profile image87
    Healthyannieposted 5 years ago

    Hi Marsha, I don't really think it is the job of other writers to vet nor qualify others hubs. There are many hubs which have worse problems than spelling and run off sentences.  Besides it depends on where about in the English speaking world you come from, or are based in. If you really care about this subject you can always contact the author of the hub via email.  I know that many writers go back and check their hubs (possibly also correct their hubs). Lots of the free lance writers on Hubpages work very hard. Let's face it - if their hubs are not very good they will receive non or very little income. I would have thought no income from a hub would make any author take a closer look at that hub again.

    1. Marsha Musselman1 profile image84
      Marsha Musselman1posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I don't know that it would be considered a job, at least that's not how I've looked at it. It's asked if I want to hop some hubs, sometimes I do while other times I don't. I don't think I knew that an author could be contacted by email, that would be my preferred way to let them know, but someone earlier (or up above) said that the comment section works and the author then can delete that comment with the suggestions.

 
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