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Glossary of mTurk Terms



Acronym/Term

Explanation

AA
Auto-Approval
The time it takes for a HIT to automatically approve. The maximum amount of time you will have to wait before being paid if the requester doesn't step in and manually approve/reject the HIT beforehand.
The current maximum auto-approval time is 30 days, default is 8 hours, minimum is 0 seconds (instant approval).

AC
Attention Check
Any question in a HIT or survey with a known or obvious answer, used by requesters to make sure a worker is paying attention to the task.

AMT
Amazon Mechanical Turk
Common shorthand for Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Cherry Picking
Term for picking the easiest HITs from a batch while returning the harder ones to optimize hourly wage.

GM
GreaseMonkey
A userscript management extension.

HAM
Ham
Completing a large # of HITs in a batch without regard for possible rejections.

HIT
Human Intelligence Tasks
The name of tasks on Amazon Mechanical Turk.

HITDB
HIT Database
A (now defunct) userscript for tracking completed HITs.

HN
Hit Notifier
A popular (and sometimes controversial) forum scraping website.

HOTD / HOTM / HOTY
HIT of the Day / Month / Year
A really good HIT that stands out for its high pay rate.

HWTF
HIT Worth Turking For
A good HIT. Also the name of a popular subreddit.

A Chrome extension created by @Kadauchi.

MTC
mTurkCrowd
A popular mTurk forum, known for their outgoing and friendly members.

MTF
mTurkForum
An mTurk Forum owned by Andy who used to be/is a requester.

MTG
mTurkGrind
A now defunct mTurk forum, where most TH members originated from..

A popular Greasemonkey/Tampermonkey search-based script that alerts & logs when keywords are matched.

Panda
Preview AND Accept
The URL to the link that both previews and attempts to accept the HIT.

PC
Panda Crazy
A popular Greasemonkey/Tampermonkey script that saves your Group IDs and rapidly attempts to accept them by the panda URL.

PE
Projected Earnings
The amount a worker will earn if all his/her submitted HITs are approved (sometimes "negative" PEs are posted as a joke when a user makes a large purchase).

TH
TurkerHub
You are here..

TM
TamperMonkey, TurkMaster
TamperMonkey is a userscript manager like Greasemonkey. Turkermaster is a userscript that allows users to PandA HITs.

TN
TurkerNation
mTurk forum known for its secretive member access, run by the well known & friendly Turker, SpamGirl.

TO
TurkOpticon
A website where workers rate and review requesters they work for.

TV
TurkerView
A requester review site, operated by the same owner of TurkerHub.

Weekly
Weekly Worker Report
An e-mail sent by mTurk (usually every Sunday morning) detailing a bunch of stats for the week.

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