myLot tasks is open for business

@myLot (127)
Kansas City, Missouri
May 13, 2009 11:57am CST
With our latest release everybody on myLot now has the ability to create tasks for others to complete. This enhancement should increase the number of tasks available to our users; which we know you have been asking for. To create a new task you first click on new tasks from the tasks area and then pick a category. From here you can click on the blue ? icons for guidance to each step of the process. You will have to fund a separate task account via PayPal in order to create a task. This is for the protection of the workers who will be completing your task. If you do not have enough funds to pay for the task you create you will be asked to fund your account before you can post your task. Otherwise you can click on funds from the tasks area to view your available funds or add more funds. To check the progress of tasks you have created, click on my tasks from the tasks area. Here you will see tasks you have created and can sort those tasks in 3 different views. You can also edit your tasks from this area and approve, return or reject a task. We will be monitoring all tasks and complaints from myLot users so make sure you have a valid reason when you reject or return a task. There are certain types of content that are not acceptable on myLot. Examples of tasks that are unacceptable include those that are pornographic in nature, that contain inappropriate language or content, that ask users to violate a law or the property of someone else or that could cause harm to the workers or the workers property (e.g. download something that contains a virus, spyware, etc). These are just a few examples. If you question whether it is appropriate to place on myLot tasks it is probably not so do not post it. We are sure you will have questions so we will be monitoring this discussion and answering questions related to tasks (and tasks only). If your question is related to a specific task, however, you will need to go directly to the task creator. You can do this by opening the task in question and clicking on the mail icon by the task title.
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@owlwings (38179)
• Cambridge, England
13 May 09
This is an interesting and, I hope, useful development. Could I enter a plea for a number to show on the Tasks tab (as it does on the Messages and Friends tab) to alert users that there are tasks available?
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@owlwings (38179)
• Cambridge, England
13 May 09
Now I shall have to devise one specifically for you, Alice!
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@owlwings (38179)
• Cambridge, England
13 May 09
How about, "Please translate the following passage into the Auld Reekie dialect so that I can publish a website for Scottish users"?
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@aprces (1083)
• China
14 May 09
paypal the only way to exchange in mylot ? and we are not allowed to exchange something directly from our mylot account ?
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@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
13 May 09
Who sets the amount that we are to pay the people that are completing the tasks? Shalom~Adoniah
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@owlwings (38179)
• Cambridge, England
13 May 09
You do, Adoniah
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@owlwings (38179)
• Cambridge, England
13 May 09
(or, rather, the task setter does )
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@myLot (127)
• Kansas City, Missouri
13 May 09
That is correct, the reward per task is set by the task creator. Just remember that if you are too cheap then no one will do your task or they will not do it well.
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@mjhicks (319)
• United States
13 May 09
I understand the original concept of tasks was to receive $ for completing a task. What is the benefit of creating and paying someone to do a task? How does that increase my earnings here? Do we receive $ for creating tasks? Guess I better go read the FAQ hmmm.
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@myLot (127)
• Kansas City, Missouri
13 May 09
Opening tasks up to everyone provides 2 main benefits. First it allows myLot users who need assistance access to a large pool of people to help. Second, opening tasks to everyone should increase the number of tasks created which, in turn, creates more opportunities for myLot users to earn.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
13 May 09
but we are earning from one another mylot, and while it is beneficial in knowledge it isn't so much in earning. I know that we can't expect you to do everything, this is a great site as is, I just hope that those who intend to pay will be serious and submit a task to be completed.
@MsTickle (25014)
• Australia
13 May 09
Sorry myLot, that still makes absolutely no sense to me. mjhicks asked how does creating and paying someone to do a task increase my earnings here? You did not answer the question? Why would users pay for getting help? What sort of help might a user pay for?
• India
17 May 09
I have not used the task as of now, and also i have a big doubt about the same, and more over i am not able to understand, how to proceed, is it like "Other postings" or something different? Since i am not able to understand the same, i have not start doing the task as of now.. I am looking into this, soon and start make the task.. Have a good day.
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@warrior_777 (1392)
• Philippines
16 May 09
This is interesting. I hope I can find some tasks that can meet my ability and be able to earn. I will definitely keep an eye with these new mylot development. Good luck to all of us..
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@galeileo (17)
• Philippines
16 May 09
This is kinda interesting. Maybe I will try this one. However, I'm not yet prepared to this kind of challenge. Keep me updated,hehe.
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• India
15 May 09
Hey, then will the tasks given by mylot be closed ? I mean, will mylot stop giving us tasks ?
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• Taiwan
14 May 09
That's great!! I think it might more helpful to us to find the right answer.
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@jakeb1 (562)
• United States
13 May 09
Great new enhancement MyLot! This should mean more tasks for everyone.
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@nainesh1 (1657)
• India
13 May 09
Help me i can't place a task it gives message "you must have at least 1 field". I have already transfered funds.
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@owlwings (38179)
• Cambridge, England
13 May 09
Fields and fieldnames are required, apparently, when you select one of the five options above where you type in a description. They are somewhat short on the description of how the interface works - and they DO need to look up the meaning of 'synapse' ... the word needed is 'synopsis'!
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@myLot (127)
• Kansas City, Missouri
13 May 09
In your task creation steps you need at least one things for the worker to do. There are icons between the title and description for this. There is a single line text box for short input, a multi-line text box for longer input and a file upload. You must place one of these items in the task description.
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@owlwings (38179)
• Cambridge, England
13 May 09
Thanks, MyLot. I'm sorry if I seemed to have interposed - I was busy typing. Nainesh, if you have looked at previous tasks, you will have seen two kinds of text box which appear in grey when you first look at the task. The multiline one is where the worker might paste his/her four paragraphs (or whatever); the single line one is where they might paste an email address or a website URL if that is what the task requires. Each one of those boxes requires that you give it a fieldname so that it can be identified when the completed task is returned to you for assessment. For example, if your task were to ask people to submit a number of paragraphs, you would need a Multiline field and this is defined by ##Multiline,[fieldname]##, where [fieldname] is a name of your choice.
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@MsTickle (25014)
• Australia
13 May 09
It all sounds even more complicated and confusing than before. What am I missing here? Why on earth would a myLot member wish to set a task for everyone and then have to pay those that take up the task? This is just asking for trouble. Perhaps it is a way of setting the site up to fail???
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@TLChimes (4845)
• United States
13 May 09
I was thinking of the folks who need things written for other sites. I saw someone ask for writers in a discussion a few weeks back. But maybe MyLot will bring in people or companies that need that? um, maybe?
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@MsTickle (25014)
• Australia
13 May 09
Hi TLC....I still don't get it...someone asked for writers??? What for? *scratches head* Mylot will bring in people or companies for that I have seriously missed something I think cos I have no idea what you are talking about. Can you explain to me please...I'm going crazy here trying to figure this whole "oooh I love tasks, this is just wonderful" stuff out.
@TLChimes (4845)
• United States
14 May 09
Some member wanted writers for her blog or some such thing and posted a discussion about it. I think that type of person may be able to create a task for some one to do. Maybe MYLOT is trying to get more companies to come in and ask for us to do their leg work for them.... like writing reviews or some such thing. I don't get it either so don't quote me on any of it.
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@nainesh1 (1657)
• India
13 May 09
Thanks for the improvement. I want to know can I use my current mylot earnings for placing tasks ?
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@owlwings (38179)
• Cambridge, England
13 May 09
The inference would be that you could transfer your earnings from one PayPal account to the other and so use it to pay for tasks.
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@myLot (127)
• Kansas City, Missouri
13 May 09
You cannot directly use your myLot earnings for tasks, however, once you have been paid by myLot you could use those earnings from your paypal account to fund your tasks account.
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• China
14 May 09
Thank you lot! I learn more about mylot.
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@Leixa003 (870)
• Philippines
15 May 09
This seems promising. At least if I would do a task I am assured that I will be paid. Hope I can find tasks to do to have extra income. Thanks for this improvement and I hope we all benefit from this innovation. By the way are task doers paid automatically after job completion or the setter must send it manually? Happy mylotting!
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@myLot (127)
• Kansas City, Missouri
15 May 09
Funds from tasks are transferred to your myLot earnings once the task is accepted by the task creator. You are then paid according to normal myLot payment rules.
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@Leixa003 (870)
• Philippines
16 May 09
Oh so it would be included in the monthly earnings, that is great. I just can not find a task worth the price now because I just saw a .20 task but a lot of things to do. Hope I can find a task that pays well. Thanks again.
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@May2k8 (3634)
• Indonesia
13 May 09
Nice enhancement, but how the tasks working in any browser or it's just for IE? I hope there is no problem in my browser, because a few month ago too much error in the tasks.
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@myLot (127)
• Kansas City, Missouri
13 May 09
Tasks should work in any browser, with the possible exception being certain mobile browsers. If you are seeing errors please let us know here and we can look into them.
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@May2k8 (3634)
• Indonesia
15 May 09
Hi myLot, I inform you the error is like post #12. I check all of task with available 1 of ... cause problem. When i accept the tasks, my pages just refresh and the tasks is still right there...sometimes show me a message "not available slot". I even don't know what's wrong with the tasks.
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@ebook_freak (1515)
• India
13 May 09
I really thank you for this. I always wanted a new task but couldn't find any. I hope I can do some now. Thanks again.
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• Canada
13 May 09
That one seems to be a problem/error... it happens from time to time and it will eventually be removed. If you see this: Topic: #Sub-Pages# Related Keywords: #KWA# don't try to accept that particular task. There has to be a defined topic and keywords for you to be able to work on it. Without that information, you don't know the requirements and wouldn't be able to write about what is needed. Hope this helps you :)
• China
13 May 09
It‘s sound great,try it now!
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• China
14 May 09
I agree with you! I want to have a try.hehe~``
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• Nigeria
21 May 09
i also agree with you..
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@shmeedia (1042)
• Canada
27 May 09
@ owlwings and others... what about rules within paypal saying you cannot own more than one account? or has this changed? if it hasn't, we would be in violation of paypal TOS, no?
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@myLot (127)
• Kansas City, Missouri
27 May 09
You do not need 2 separate paypal accounts, you can fund your task account with the same paypal account you use to receive payments from myLot
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• United States
14 May 09
I think it's a good idea in theory, as it gives members a chance to help each other out. Basically, those who have the money but lack time can have those who would like the money do some of the things they need. I do have a few concerns with it, like how the approval system would work...I can see it as being all too easy for someone to accept a task, complete it poorly, then insist on being paid anyway, and the entire thing turning into a nightmare trying to sort it out. Also, I have the same concern as some of the others in that I'm not sure how many people really would be willing to pay others to do tasks, since a very good portion of the members here are actually here because they earn money, not because they're spending money on things here.
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@myLot (127)
• Kansas City, Missouri
14 May 09
On your payment concern, it is up to the task creator to determine if the worker performed as expected. Task creators have 3 choices when reviewing tasks. First, they can accept the submission. Second, they can return the submission. This usually takes place when the worker put forth a good effort and the submission needs minor work or changes in order to meet the requirements set forth in the task. Last, they can reject the submission. This is a last resort usually used where the worker did not put forth a good faith effort. For both returns and rejections the task creator must give a reason for the return or rejection to the worker. If the worker feels the task creator is being unfair in a rejection they should first contact the task creator. If after this communication takes place the worker still feels as if they are being treated unfairly they can contact myLot to review the situation. We will review the situation and make a determination as to what should be done and inform all parties.
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• Australia
14 May 09
What if the creator of the task decides to decline all the tasks that are submitted even if they are good just so they don't need to pay?
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@myLot (127)
• Kansas City, Missouri
14 May 09
See my comment to number 30 below, hopefully this answers your question.
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@dianmelydia (2272)
• Indonesia
13 May 09
It's an interesting enhancement. I think most people will like to use this feature especially when they must finish an assignment. Perhaps high school students, college students, university students and even office employees. Good luck for all. Have a nice day and happy mylotting.
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• Indonesia
25 May 09
Uh oh we could be helping a student to cheat on their assignment that doesn't sound good.
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