What are Amazon MTurk Scripts?
If you’ve ever worked on HITs on Amazon’s MTurk, then it’s likely you’ve experienced the same little inconveniences that many others have. All those extra clicks required on some pages can slow you down and waste your valuable time.
MTurk scripts can shave seconds (even minutes) off your in-between time, ultimately increasing your hourly wage.
Spripts are each designed by individual people as a solution to a problem–a problem that you’ve probably experienced yourself within MTurk. And they have even made a plugin to install and operate these scripts (for non-techies like us) so we don’t have to learn how to write code!
We won’t be getting into all of that technical stuff here.. just what you need to know:
- Which extension you’ll need to download..
- Where to find your extension..
- Where to find your scripts..
- What each script can do for you..
Install your extension.. GreaseMonkey or TamperMonkey?
For Firefox, install: GreaseMonkey.
For Chrome, install: TamperMonkey.
Install Your Amazon MTurk Scripts..
Once you find your script and click install, it is automatically added to your GreaseMonkey or TamperMonkey Extension. You don’t have to do anything.
Be sure to be working in the browser where you want the script uploaded. You can install the scripts to both Firefox and Chrome, but you’ll need to do it twice.. once while you’re in Firefox, and again while you’re in Chrome.
Once they’re installed, you won’t notice it anywhere until you are actually on the MTurk website. Then they will show up on your MTurk pages and automatically start doing their job.
You can search for MTurk scripts (or Turking scripts) at GreasyFork, but here are some of the best ones that should fix you right up..
A very valuable tool that shows you what other Turkers think about the requester you’re working for. It also allows you to rate the requester yourself, according to your own experience.
You can use this script to hide all HITS from any specific requester that you do not want to work for. If the requester’s work is not worth the pay, or if they have bad reviews and you choose to stay away from them, this is the script for you.
Block Individual Requests
Displays an X at the end of the line where it says: “View a HIT in this group”. Click the X to hide any HIT you don’t want in your search results, and it will disappear the next time your page is refreshed. You have to look carefully for the X though, it is very tiny.
Show Captcha and Accept Button
Hate having to wait for the entire page to load before the captcha or the Accept Hit button shows up? This script makes it load first, so you don’t have to waste anymore time.
MTurk HIT DataBase Testing
The HIT Database Testing analyzes past HITs completed, as well as pending and projected earnings with a progress bar, Requester notes and specific Requester blocking.
MTurk Expanded Header
This script displays your account info on MTurk pages, including Worker ID and transferable earnings..
Requester ID and Auto-approval Time
This script cleverly displays the Requester’s ID in case they decide to change their name and the HIT’s auto approval time. I guess it happens!
This is a very cool tool that really comes in handy, once you learn how to use it. It adds a list of filters to the left of the account page, and it alerts you for each filter you activate. If you want to know when your favorite Requester lists new HITs, tell the TurkMaster and it will alert you right away. You can be notified when new high-paying HITs are listed, or of a certain qualification level. You can even change settings to alert you while you’re not working on MTurk. In order to receive your notifications, however, you must always have a separate tab running your account page.
HIT Scraper WITH EXPORT
This is a pretty awesome script that does a great job of sorting through the HITs for you so you can get right to those that are worth your time. It might take you a little bit of time and patience to learn how to work it though. Here’s a great step-by-step tutorial that will get you started with HIT Scraper
This script always displays the amount you are owed for the work you’ve done, and what you can expect to be coming in (as long as they’re marked as successful by the Requester).
Today’s Projected Earnings
Similar to pending earnings. It shows you your total day’s earnings that you’ve worked for–what you should expect to be paid for.
MTurk Dashboard Change Notifier
Many people find this a useful addition to the MTurk account page. The Dashboard Change Notifier tracks changes of 12 different values from the last time you refreshed your page. This includes your earnings such as approved, bonuses, transferable, and your HITs status, the number of approved, pending, rejected, and so on. This can help you keep track of changes that aren’t immediately noticeable without doing the math.
MTurk Time Tracker
This is a helpful script that shows you the number of HITS, times each HIT, and offers estimated reward and hourly rate for your latest
activity, as well as the projected earnings and hourly rate for the day. This works within the following Status Page Chart script..
Status Page Chart
This scripts adds a lot of substance to the Status section of “Your Account” page. It gives more detail to the table of earnings, including those that the MTurk Time Tracker (from above) keeps track of. It also gives a nice big line chart at the bottom of the page. Very helpful..
Don’t you hate having to open a new tab every time a Requester asks for your Worker ID? This script places a simple little button on the page for you to easily copy your Worker ID, so you can place it within the HIT as requested. Can’t believe Amazon didn’t think to do this themselves!
Once you’ve installed all the scripts you want, you can see them in your GreaseMonkey or TamperMonkey plugin in the top right corner.
When you click on the icon, it will appear that no scripts are running, unless you are in the MTurk site. Then only certain scripts will be running on any given MTurk page, depending on what each is designed for.
TamperMonkey MTurk scripts running.
GreaseMonkey MTurk scripts running..
Are the MTurk scripts safe?
All of the scripts on this post are perfectly safe. They have been tested by many users over, and each one is running on my own computer right now.
However, some scripts can be harmful. Scripts are designed and created by real people, and some people like to be malicious for various reasons. Each script is really just a bunch of code telling your computer how to manipulate a web page.
Firefox and Chrome somewhat protect you by limiting the capabilities of the script. They do not have as much power as an actual extension or add-on does when it comes to your computer. But it is possible for a script to access any website, capture information you enter into web pages, and impersonate you. So, you should really do your research when you’re looking to add a new script. Check out the number of installs by other users and any reviews or ratings you can find. If people are still installing it on a daily basis, it can probably be trusted.
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Let me know with a comment if there are any other valuable scripts I’m missing..