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Turkopticon helps the people in the 'crowd' of crowdsourcing watch out for each other—because nobody else seems to be.

Almost half of the Mechanical Turk workers who wrote their Bill of Rights demanded protection from employers who take their work without paying. Turkopticon lets you REPORT and AVOID shady employers.


As of September 3, 2021, the Turkopticon website address hosted by UCSD will be officially replaced by and solely hosted at www.turkopticon.net. Once this occurs, the old script will no longer work or be updated and maintained. Please, be sure to install the script turkopticon userscript here to continue to access Turkopticon’s reviews. The old script will not forward to this address and needs to be removed.

How Turkopticon works:

Turkopticon works as a userscript which can be added to script managers such as Tampermonkey or Greasemonkey.

Once you have a script manager, you can grab the latest version of the turkopticon userscript here.

Turkopticon in action

Turkopticon adds functionality to Amazon Mechanical Turk as you browse for HITs and review status of work you've done. As you browse HITs, Turkopticon places a button next to each requester and highlights requesters for whom there are reviews from other workers. Bad reviews let you avoid shady employers and good reviews help you find fair ones. You can view reports made against requesters with a quick click.

As you review HITs you've completed, are there HITs you weren't fairly paid for? Turkopticon adds a button that lets you review requesters from your "Status Detail" page.

Other Turking resources:

Notes for requesters:
  • "Low cost, high quality" is a myth; you must pay for quality