Tasks with Unrealistic Time Limits

@nonersays (2759)
United States
April 28, 2012 2:27pm CST
I just accepted a task here on my lot. I didn't really pay attention to the time limit. The task was to visit a blog (a simple blogspot blog) and leave a comment of 30 words or more on a post with 0 comments. Well, I visited the site, and couldn't find a post with 0 comments, so I commented on a post with 1 comment. Then I went back to submit my task, and it told me I had passed my time limit to complete it. Then I noticed it said the time limit was 5 minutes. Now, I think that should be considered a scam. How is something going to dig through your archives to find a post with 0 points AND write a well thought out comment in under 5 minutes? They are not. I think its just a way to trick people into giving comments without having to pay up. I went back to the blog and deleted my comment, for what little good THAT was worth.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
28 Apr 12
I have never looked through the tasks here but one or two times. Never accepted one. Are they worthwhile usually or do you run into problems like you stated above? I don't blame you one bit for going back and deleting your comment. I would have done the same thing. Five minutes was not enough time for the task. Those people should be reported.
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@nonersays (2759)
• United States
28 Apr 12
Tasks have never been a huge moneymaker for me, but I've also never really run into too many problems with them. After a couple of bad experiences I no longer do tasks that take A LOT of work, because they always seem to tell me I didn't do it right evne though I follow the instructions EXACTLY Those are usually the write an article tasks, which is sad, because they are also the only ones that pay much. For the most part they are simple ways to earn 1 to 2 cent. I did one just today called something like 6 steps for 6 cent, and was paid almost IMMEDIATELY by the creator.
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@mysdianait (64244)
• Italy
28 Apr 12
If the task creator is online when the completed tasks appear, then I see no reason why they should wait to reward the user who completed it. I accept immediately if I am online to avoid having several all at the same time to deal with if many accept and submit within a short space of time. When a task is completed the creator receives a notifier in their mail and a PM amd all have to be sorted and deleted (the PMs one by one) so it can be time consuming if they are left to pile up.
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@nonersays (2759)
• United States
28 Apr 12
That was the first time I've ever been paid that quickly. It might have been the first time I was on at the same time as the creator. I've done other tasks today, however, and one of them was put up while I was complteting another so it was BRAND NEW, and the creator didn't pay me for any yet. Not a big deal though. I've waited DAYS for payments before, and its always a pleasant surprise when my earning jump up suddenly. I've been THINKING about creating some tasks of my own, just a little sad at the $10 minimum funding cause I'm broke. lol
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@mysdianait (64244)
• Italy
28 Apr 12
I would have done exactly the same thing! In 5 minutes you could not have done that tasks. Supposing you had a slow connection or whatever else. Some task creators indeed do not think out their tasks or put themselves in the shoes of the person who is completing the task
@nonersays (2759)
• United States
28 Apr 12
Good to know I'm not the only person who would have deleted the comment I left. You're right...I have a fairly fast connection and it was impossible for ME to do in 5 minutes. Someone on a slow connection would NEVER stand a chance. Their blog page alone woudln't have loaded in the 5 minutes allotted. There's no reason for any task to not have at least a 24 hour time limit.
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@mysdianait (64244)
• Italy
28 Apr 12
I feel that 24 hours should be the minimum too. Some users accept them just before closing down for the night and then complete them the next day and I see nothing at all wrong with doing them that way.
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@GardenGerty (105303)
• United States
29 Apr 12
Sounds like some of the microworkers tasks. Sorry that happened to you.
@nonersays (2759)
• United States
29 Apr 12
Lets just say I'm keeping a CLOSE eye on the time limt vs the ammount of work the task takes from now own.
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@GardenGerty (105303)
• United States
29 Apr 12
I haven"t tried any tasks here in ages. I do what I like, which is post. I do need more money, but so many of the tasks seem hardly worth it.
@nonersays (2759)
• United States
30 Apr 12
I made more money just doing tasks yesterday (at about .02 each) than I have for any of the posting I've done. I can write a couple of posts and DOZENS of comments and only earn a penny or two for my time. Better than nothing. But without tasks, which I've started doing more of, I would NEVER make payout. I am trying to be more active though. I just dont have the spare time to be AS active as it looks like I need to be to earn anything.
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@varier (5699)
• Indonesia
29 Apr 12
I agree, it's so unrealistic. But before we are accepting the task, we should be able to check the times allotted first. I usually checked it first, so if I see some unrealistic time allotted, I will start do the task before accepting it. Of course there's a risk that another people will take it before me so I can't take any more. But I will check the number of task availability as well to minimize the risk. And in most time, that number is decreasing slowly, so I don't get worry even if I am doing the task before accepting it..