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Welcome to Orientation.

Remember to join the #help channel in slack! You'll find all the solutions to your difficulties!

This is an unofficial page to understand what is going on the easy way - or at least we'd like that. It started from @amdp's notes about Stanford Crowd Research Project, feel free to contribute.

About the Stanford Crowd Research Group

For a quick-and-go approach, follow @nalinc's list:

1) fill the google doc spreadsheet with participant details https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WGPbc8G27obqRvNgCE3upuVIZHAU5wXyr3WSlWbMsBY/edit#gid=0

2) see the youtube video for this week's meeting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un7QN2LHeMY (please update this if old!)

3) create an account on wiki, make somebody invite you on slack.

4) share screenshot of locally running daemo on #engineering-deliver, report bugs on #stderr

5) explore few crowd-labor markets as worker and requester (preferabbly MTurk)

6) read a few papers(described in wiki)

7) prepare your milestone within a team or by yourself!

Complete list of milestones for week-1 are described here [1] This is for 2015/2016 winter group!

Confused? Alright, we were confused too. Let's start over and understand what's going on:

1. Main Stanford Crowd Research Group aim

The main aim is to foster crowd research and interest in crowd research, make the interest to be spread all over the world in the academic and non-academic fields. Basically, this is a generic orientation, NOT a real goal in itself. If you want a real goal to pursue, find other academic's, student's or people's project and join them or read point 3. about creating your own.

2. Milestones

Milestones now (early 2016) serve as education and context orientation for understanding the crowd. They make you learn how it works, they won't strictly make you part of a publication, a project or a goal, besides the goal of having a common ground/knowledge.


WARNING: REMEMBER TO POST THE MILESTONE IN THE METEOR APP (USUALLY http://crowdresearch.meteor.com/needcomments )

@michaelbernstein suggested the well detailed milestone delivery page: http://crowdresearch.stanford.edu/w/index.php?title=Winter_Milestone_1 READ IT CAREFULLY

3. You

You can have a personal aim/goal/project if it may produce knowledge or a publication related to a field/subject connected with the crowd research. If you don't produce any publication but you pursue your goal it's okay: you could be suggesting an important path for science that the crowd will eventually investigate further. You are part any project publication (your name in the paper) ONLY if you actively participated in that group/research project.

The Apps Labyrinth

Wiki Pages

You're here, so this is the main official documents and orientation of the project. It's not written in raw common language, so go to slack to have a chat and a more human interaction-like approach. But please read the wiki too! Many people like you wrote the wiki, so it's full of useful info. Please register here. Hint from @jsilver: if you want to create a page, let's say "Strawberry Page", just log in, search for it, and if it is not already there click on "edit (new) page"!


The main entrance to the interaction and to the Labyrinth. Go there, register, CHECK YOUR MAIL, if something goes wrong ask somebody to go to https://crowdresearch.slack.com/admin/invites and resend(remove) the slack email.

When you're in, the advice is: do not join all the channels compulsively. Start following the general, understand what's going on, then choose the other channels you want to follow. To get out of a channel there is an option to "leave" the channel, so that you won't receive notifications from it.


To date, Daemo is the alpha platform of the project. Register there as soon as you can. Link: https://daemo-playground.herokuapp.com/


Meteor is another useful app: it is used to upvote the ideas the crowd wants to develop and in any case it is used to vote in a "approval-voting" style (you can vote everything you like just once). Link: http://crowdresearch.meteor.com

Mechanical Turk

Amazon's Mechanical Turk is a way to understand how a crowdsourced operation works, try to register carefully following the registration process, otherwise you'll be rejected. If you don't pass, have a glimpse about crowdsourced work googling the following similar services: Clickworker, Upwork/oDesk, Microworkers, Crowdflower. Link: https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome

Thanks for reading!!