Milestone 3 TestSet TrustIdea 1: PhotoAndBio
Everyone knows crowdworkers are not automated robots, ready to spam requestors and perform tasks with little cognitive thought. But it's difficult to feel crowdworkers' humanness when all you see is a interface with text, buttons, links, and no human face or story. This anonmity makes it easier for requestors to disregard workers as people who are willing to offer their skills to them, and harder for them to recognize that rejecting work for no reason, for example, can result in actual human feelings (like dejectedness), and even be unethical.
One of the main points of "Design notes for a future crowd work market" was that it's vital to present "workers as people, not computation." One way we thought we could communicate this to both workers and requestors is to create bio profiles for both workers and requestors that present workers as contract employees and requestors as managers. The end-goal is to replicate the feeling of a real office -- a real workplace -- that can bring human-to-human relationships to this crowdsourcing platform.
Rather than a standard bio profile with a name and photo, however, these bio profiles will include ratings of 1 to 5 that will appear under their name, much like Yelp. Below that will be the amount of how many ratings the worker/requestor received. Ratings will be mandatory for both parties.
Worker and requestor profiles will consist of different elements.
Worker Profiles will include: 1) A photo 2) Uploaded credentials (degrees, certificates) that will show as verified after a moderator reviews them 3) A list of their chosen skills, much like how you can list your skills on LinkedIn and people can endorse them. Some examples are copywriting, content writing, and language fluency for translations 4) A big, visible message button for easy communication 5) A box full of statistics: how many jobs this worker has done and requestor/customer satisfaction rate 6) A classification label identifying them as either a part-time crowdworker who uses this platform for extra cash or a full-time crowdworker trying to make ends meet 7) And of course, a bio section with a 100-150 word limit where the crowdworker can tell their story: who are they and what their specialties are