MTurk Worker locations not updated!

This came to light thanks to Kristy–the thread is here.

Basically, MTurk does not update the state that people live in when they move. So if I signed up to be a Worker when I lived in Massachusetts, and then moved to Oregon, MTurk still has me listed as a worker in Massachusetts.

As someone who has done a few studies using state of residence as a requirement, this is a HUGE problem. A lot of Requesters are doing political research now, and this makes it a HUGER problem.

The post provides some good ideas for work arounds–the best one is doing a one question HIT asking for the state where someone currently lives as a qualifier and then doing an invitation only HIT or using that a qualification.

Yes, Amazon knows about it. No, they don’t seem to care.

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