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I noticed that Prolific Assistant hasn't notified me in over a month about surveys.
I am still a Prolific member because I caught 2 surveys yesterday when I signed in and did them manually.
Just though it seems Prolific Assistant hasn't worked for me in a month, plus I get 503 errors.
Any info on how to change the settings to over 1 minute intervals?
Mine wasn't working, either, and didn't improve when I changed the interval. I ended up using Distill for Chrome and setting it up to watch the Studies page.
 

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Mine wasn't working, either, and didn't improve when I changed the interval. I ended up using Distill for Chrome and setting it up to watch the Studies page.
I actually switched back to Distill as well. I have definitely been picking up more Prolific studies. In the long run it might be the more useful tool to gain a handle on, especially if you are monitoring pages that update at widely different rates.
 
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My Prolific Assistant is not working either. I too have switched back to Distill Page Monitor and have set the time to a few minutes (around 3). I have noticed that the Prolific Assistant extension was created by Kadauchi (MTurk Suite) and was wondering if an update was pending. Does anyone have info on this?
 

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Note: Any reason why I can't post my referral links? It would not accept my post with those lines included.
 

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Note: Any reason why I can't post my referral links? It would not accept my post with those lines included.
You're a new member, so you have to post a few times before the forum will let you post links. Maybe after you reply to this message you'll be good to go :)
 

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You're a new member, so you have to post a few times before the forum will let you post links. Maybe after you reply to this message you'll be good to go :)
Haha, right you are! I have been lurking so long, I forgot that I have not posted.

thanks,
 

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I have made the most money with Prolific then anything else online. I get at least one or to study's a day. I don't know what the difference is. Right now I tried to update old information and the site will not let me. I did contact them and they said it is actually updated in the system. It just does not show up that way on my dashboard. Just to be safe I am not going to be updating for awhile. I know some people who use circle for the money transaction. I have not but I guess it can really be useful if you do a lot of currency exchange. :cat:
 

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I just started about a month ago. Does it get busy over the summer or is it like mturk where work slows down during summer months? I only get about 1-3 studies a day, which is still pretty decent imo but would like to qualify for more in the future.
 

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I just started about a month ago. Does it get busy over the summer or is it like mturk where work slows down during summer months? I only get about 1-3 studies a day, which is still pretty decent imo but would like to qualify for more in the future.
I think that maximizing your Prolific income is WAY easier than maximizing your mturk income. So far as I can tell, there are only a few things you need to do, but you should do them all:
1) Always make sure you have answered all of the pre-screening questions. Don't forget to periodically go back to recheck them, since something might have changed. You might have gotten a new device, gotten a job, lost a job, etc. Always answer from the most optimistic perspective: for instance, if the question asks if you would be willing to record yourself via webcam, say yes. (Often I can't do this, since I am in a public place, and I'd probably refuse highly personal studies that involved webcam, but I have no problem in principle, and I have done such studies.) You can always decline a given study.
2) Use a page monitor. Some people use the Prolific Assistant extension (which for a time seemed to be broken, but I recently read that it was fixed). I currently use the Distill extension, but there are others. If you are checking more than once a minute, you will get errors, and Prolific states this directly, so you need to make sure you use a larger interval. Make sure the page monitor is always on. (Seriously. I just missed a full day since I had to turn mine off and forgot about it.)
3) If you see a study come up, go for it right away. (Unless, you can't, because you are liable to screw up a better paying job on mturk, or somewhere else.)

Prolific allows requesters to specify both a minimum and a maximum amount of prior studies completed by a participant, which is an option that mturk does not have. There are some reasons why a requester might wish to exclude people who have done many studies, but others just want to get the job done. The upshot is that you might seem to be doing well on Prolific, only to see your income fall off. But you can still make money there.

I can't say for sure if Prolific falls off in the summer, but I suspect not. The studies there cost more for researchers, so I think there are fewer grad and undergrad studies, and more studies by professors. But professors have more time in summer to actually do their research.
 

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Is anyone using Circle? electrolyte @electrolyte I see there are less fees from cashing out at Prolific when using this but I've never heard of it before.
I switched to Circle for Prolific, and they are pretty quick. The only very slight downside is that they seem to send you a code via text for every move you make, and you need to enter it. But I think there are no fees on Circle withdrawals from Prolific if you have 20 pounds, and if you put in your withdrawal for Tuesday or Friday (Great Britain time), I think it is always at Circle that day. (Prolific has stated that they do payouts on Tuesday and Friday.) I can often get money from Circle the same day it is paid. I did some brief research on Circle before I registered, and it seemed legit (but what do I know...) and I haven't had any problems.
 
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I think that maximizing your Prolific income is WAY easier than maximizing your mturk income. So far as I can tell, there are only a few things you need to do, but you should do them all:
1) Always make sure you have answered all of the pre-screening questions. Don't forget to periodically go back to recheck them, since something might have changed. You might have gotten a new device, gotten a job, lost a job, etc. Always answer from the most optimistic perspective: for instance, if the question asks if you would be willing to record yourself via webcam, say yes. (Often I can't do this, since I am in a public place, and I'd probably refuse highly personal studies that involved webcam, but I have no problem in principle, and I have done such studies.) You can always decline a given study.
2) Use a page monitor. Some people use the Prolific Assistant extension (which for a time seemed to be broken, but I recently read that it was fixed). I currently use the Distill extension, but there are others. If you are checking more than once a minute, you will get errors, and Prolific states this directly, so you need to make sure you use a larger interval. Make sure the page monitor is always on. (Seriously. I just missed a full day since I had to turn mine off and forgot about it.)
3) If you see a study come up, go for it right away. (Unless, you can't, because you are liable to screw up a better paying job on mturk, or somewhere else.)

Prolific allows requesters to specify both a minimum and a maximum amount of prior studies completed by a participant, which is an option that mturk does not have. There are some reasons why a requester might wish to exclude people who have done many studies, but others just want to get the job done. The upshot is that you might seem to be doing well on Prolific, only to see your income fall off. But you can still make money there.

I can't say for sure if Prolific falls off in the summer, but I suspect not. The studies there cost more for researchers, so I think there are fewer grad and undergrad studies, and more studies by professors. But professors have more time in summer to actually do their research.

thanks for the info and tips, I greatly appreciate it!
 
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I switched to Circle for Prolific, and they are pretty quick. The only very slight downside is that they seem to send you a code via text for every move you make, and you need to enter it. But I think there are no fees on Circle withdrawals from Prolific if you have 20 pounds, and if you put in your withdrawal for Tuesday or Friday (Great Britain time), I think it is always at Circle that day. (Prolific has stated that they do payouts on Tuesday and Friday.) I can often get money from Circle the same day it is paid. I did some brief research on Circle before I registered, and it seemed legit (but what do I know...) and I haven't had any problems.
I haven't had any problems yet using Circle either I'm so glad I tried it!
 

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I signed up for Prolific today and casually worked on it shortly and made around $10 in under an hour. It seems that surveys are few and far between. However, if I can earn about $7 or $8 a day really quick that would be awesome to the buildup for my end of the summer vacation! Does anyone use any type of scripts for Prolific to monitor surveys as they appear?
 

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I signed up for Prolific today and casually worked on it shortly and made around $10 in under an hour. It seems that surveys are few and far between. However, if I can earn about $7 or $8 a day really quick that would be awesome to the buildup for my end of the summer vacation! Does anyone use any type of scripts for Prolific to monitor surveys as they appear?
Right now I'm using the Distill extension. There is a slight bit of setup required. There is also Prolific Assistant by Kadauchi @Kadauchi. If you're on Chrome these are available at the Chrome Web Store.
 

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Pretty impressed with Prolific. Maybe I got lucky but I managed to make $16.07 on my first day of using the Prolific platform. I would say I probably spent just over an hour taking most of the surveys. This was nice to have up and grab surveys as I was working on Mturk. I'm going to use my Prolific funds towards my end of the summer vacation. A many thanks to whoever suggested this awesome worker platform. I dig it!!!
 

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circle is great! i love not having a fee.

ive only had ONE problem with cashing out, and it was a prolific error. they took care of it immediately for me though.
 

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there is also a beta login, not sure if they have to manually set your account for it. worth a try
https://app.prolific.ac/login
if you currently use facebook login, you will have to change/update your password.