New Instance, newly-edited #introductions post:
Hi, I'm Pamela! I live by a great lake (well, it's alright). I really love animals and have a pet turtle and cats. I like to learn new things and work with my hands. I like ecology, #STEM, #gameing, #openbsd, books and nature, and I enjoy painting but don't spend enough time doing it.
I have #agoraphobia and write about that pretty regularly, now, as well as my experiences with microwork.
@pmosetc You got me interested in this microwork thing.
Primarily: Is there tech/STEM work being done in this way or is it completely limited to small unqualified tasks?
@phryk The best money is in skilled, non-tech work. But I've written code, done morphological analyses, worked in datasets, pretested technical training manuals, done technical writing and a lot of spreadsheet work and statistics.
There are definitely people who work primarily in tech on a daily basis, though it's mostly code-for-hire and I'm mostly unfamiliar with those work sites.
@phryk Some of the bigger names have folded, and I work almost exclusively on mechanical turk now. Building relationships with employers there has led to more interesting/better work over time.
Prolific academic has some interesting research projects sometimes (you're the subject, though). Onespace, Clickworker and Upwork are popular, although I think people have had some issues with Upwork. I've not tried any of those.