Milestone 3 Sundevils

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Initial Brainstorm

Trust-related Ideas

How do I trust who you say you are?


1. Keep a note on the number of HIT's a worker has completed. In addition to the number of HIT's, keep a database of number of HIT's taken and number of HIT's completed with successful feedback from the requester to get a ratio.

2. How might I improve worker trust if he is new to the platform? Keep a pretest before the worker attempts a test. For eg. If it's technical work , ask a set of 7 questions as pretest covering the whole work and based on the performance from that, decide whether to assign the work to the worker.

How do I trust that the results I get are results that will be good?

1.In middle of 50 questions survey paying handsome, it would be wise to keep some dummy questions to test the attention of the worker – whether he is skimming through the survey just for name sake or doing it with dedication.

2.Irrespective of what type of work it is, the requester should be available to reply back to the queries of the workers. If the queries asked are too earthly, then the requester can reduce the workers credentials citing bad understanding of the subject or he might give him a positive feedback if the query is credible.


How do I trust that you’ll respect me as a worker, and pay me accordingly?


1.How might I make sure that the requester does not cheat the worker(s)?There may be instance where the requester rejects the work done citing mundane reasons even though the work done was perfect. In this case, there can be a third party moderators who oversee this transaction. In this case, worker can raise a workflow where if the requester is found guilty, he can be given a negative badge and vice versa.

2.How might I improve the work quality by respecting the worker? Irrespective of what type of work it is, the requester should be available to reply back to the queries of the workers. If the queries asked are too earthly, then the requester can reduce the workers credentials citing bad understanding of the subject or he might give him a positive feedback if the query is credible.

Other improvements


1.How might I restrict the requester from doing illegal/immoral tasks? There can be a filter in place which scans the tasks posted by the requesters for unethical, immoral, illegal things (like visiting prohibited websites, or taking immoral surveys, or doing things that could jeopardize the safety of others).

2.How might I improve the number of workers and requesters to use the platform?

     1. Use a very good UI design without much complexities. Worker should be able to find jobs for his qualification easily from tags and Requesters should find workers easily.
     2. It has to be made as ad-free as possible. 
     3. It can be tried invite only initially so that It can gain traction and then it could be made public.

3.How might I make sure that the requester does not cheat the worker(s) ?There may be instance where the requester rejects the work done citing mundane reasons even though the work done was perfect. In this case, there can be a third party moderators who oversee this transaction. In this case, worker can raise a workflow where if the requester is found guilty, he can be given a negative badge and vice versa.


Power-related Ideas

Who has the power to post work?


1.The requester should be able to post the work and have full control over the results obtained and rejection priorities.

2. Incase of a very technically complicated HIT or task to be created. The requester can pay a crowdsourcing platform certified technically skilled person to act as a requester. This temp requester can create the task, design the UI and with the permission of real requester, post the task to the platform.

3. Admin or Controller of the crowdsourcing platform can post work to the platform.

Who has power to edit other peoples’ posted work?


1. Moderators are workers who are selected by the admin of the platform based on continuous quality work and long term experience. Moderators can change or edit the post of requesters to make it more clear and worker friendly. But the requester has to approve the changes suggested by the moderator.

2. Workers if not happy with the design of a particular task or if they feel it can be improved, can do an alternative design and submit alongside the existing design of the requester. If the requester likes the particular UI, can approve it and override the existing design.

3. The completion of a HIT must be done only by a worker and the submitted results cannot be modified by anyone else.

Who has power to return results to the requester? Can I, as a worker, send it back myself, or does someone else need to vet it?


1. The power of returning a task should lie with the worker. This way the whole responsibility lies with the worker and the process is maintained simple and clean.

2. In certain situation where the worker's HIT gets rejected and he feels that it was not fair, the worker can submit the task for revaluation to a moderator. The moderator gets paid by the worker. If the rejection was justified, the worker does not get paid. If the HIT was validated, both the moderator and worker are compensated by the requester.

3. Requester and worker can both report about some task or HIT to the admin or moderator if they find it illegal, immoral or unethical. Action against the guilty party can be taken by giving a negative badge or blocking.

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Trust-related Ideas

Power-related Ideas

Dark Horse idea