I just seen a forum thread about "New Qualification Test for Rating Hubs" by "Paul Edmondson". Went through the formalities but got a message from amazon.
"We have completed our review of your Amazon Mechanical Turk Worker Account. Unfortunately, you will not be permitted to work on Mechanical Turk. Thank you for your interest in Mechanical Turk"
Never mind, I am happy with writing and publishing only on hubpages. But don't know, what its mean if even they don't want to take qualification test.
That message sounds like an Amazon issue, not an HP issue! Could it be a country-of-origin problem?
I think you got it in one! I believe that this facility is Only open to US personalities!
Yeah I think, I get to know about this on Hubpages, a post by Hubpages staff and it is related to qualifying a screening test to rate hubs. I was just interested to take that challange "New Qualification Test for Rating Hubs".
But Matter is closed as amazon rejected me before the start only, not even given the chance to participate.
Only US residents and residents of India are allowed to rate hubs for payment.
I assume HP considers that they are the only ones whose English language skills are equivalent to the standards required for "stellar" hubs.
No, it doesn't surprise me. It's not uncommon to find sites that will only hire from the US. It's nothing to do with writing ability, they usually say it's because of the tax implications of paying overseas members.
Nicely said WA!
It's even worse for Kiwis... apparently, we are really thick!
Thanks WriteAngles. I think residents of India are also not allowed, don't know about US.
I am from India and rejected within a second without even mentioning what was wrong. And it's not about payments but just interested to participate in "New Qualification Test for Rating Hubs".
But it's Ok if they don't want to, because of any reason that I don't know.
Here's what's going on as to countries...
http://mturkforum.com/showthread.php?52 … -countries
Looks like they do indeed only accept US now.
It's OK. I am still happy just publishing on Hubpages. Thank God! At least HubPages allow me to publish here.
Odd, because in the MTurk FAQ there is a whole section about how payments are made in dollars to US residents and in rupees to residents of India.
An nationalities can work there, although some countries can only get paid with Amazon credit.
I believe it is Hubpages themselves who narrowed their criteria to US-only?
There is a bunch of information that has to be provide if you are not a USA resident. Even USA citizens, who live outside USA cannot be Turk workers.
MTurk is not accepting workers from outside the USA at the moment. Here's the thread on the MTurk forum-
http://mturkforum.com/showthread.php?57 … al-Turkers
About 1 month ago i have also applied for amazon Mturk but unfortunately they can't accept me, Why? don't no.But i think there is a reason they will not accept without US citizens.I think it's really bad for amazon reputation.
Because they were getting a ridiculous amount of scammers/bad workers from other countries. In addition, there were complications and additional expenses with taxes/payments being accepted.
It's such an over-reaction. They could have been selective and excluded only the "problem" countries, like Adsense does.
It's really laziness on their part, because the tax thing is nonsense. If a small company like HubPages can manage to deal with the tax implications, then it shouldn't be a problem for Amazon. It's pretty straightforward, really. But then, Amazon still hasn't managed to work out how to pay international workers, while every other company on the internet worked it out years ago.
This means that all hubs will be graded by people from just one country. As a result, I can bet that hubs dealing with issues of no interest to, or outside the knowledge of, the average US resident are going to get idled far faster than US-centric stuff, regardless of quality.
Frauds and scams by foreign workers? Pot calling the kettle black as far as I'm concerned. Amazon has been making the news in the UK for their tax avoidance schemes - one of their directors was labelled as "deliberately evasive" when called up in front of a committee of MPs to account for their failure to clearly declare their profits in the UK.
*Shrugs* possibly hypocritical. I wasn't really defending them, just listing the reasons they gave.
I have no feelings either way.
Wasn't really aiming my comment at you Melissa - I read their reasons in the forum thread. Your comment just reminded me of them being in the news last year for their own scam (along with Starbucks and Google) - I'd forgotten about it earlier.
I didn't mean to sound defensive. I'm sorry.
I've got a wicked bad headache and it may be making me short.
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