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    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 25th Jan 18, 4:58 PM
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    Smodlet
    Prolific Academic Survey Alerts
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    • 25th Jan 18, 4:58 PM
    Prolific Academic Survey Alerts 25th Jan 18 at 4:58 PM
    Here we go again.
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    • Merlin's Beard
    • By Merlin's Beard 24th May 19, 11:59 AM
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    Merlin's Beard
    Its quite telling from that last survey how prolific make surveys available to certain participants earlier than others i.e 8.46pm vs my 8.53pm.....I must be close to the bottom of the participant ladder
    Originally posted by Topiary
    It may be well that there are different demographics in play.

    For example, if a study needs 50:50 male/female participation, then the only way you can guarantee that on prolific is to have the same survey published twice - so there will be one study A that only women can access, and one Study A that only men can access. Completely identical studies. And of course we can't see what makes up eligible or ineligible for surveys.

    And then, replace male/female with different demographics, and mix and match - if you want to have equal numbers of age and gender then you might end up with six or eight different identical studies to get the right numbers of young women, old men etc. Or maybe your divide is leave/remain. Or right wing/left wing. Or different income levels.

    And it's certainly possible that researchers are spacing those out to make life a little easier, and in the case of 8.46pm vs 8.53pm, give the poor pot-noodle-malnourished mites a chance to click send a second time!.

    The idea that they have to republish because they can't get enough results from their ideal demographic is perhaps less likely - after all, most surveys are gone in minutes unless they're really specific.

    (And if you're doing a PhD or a masters on a very specific subject I'm sure they'd prefer to wait a day for good data rather than broaden things out and dilute their sample with data they can't write up anyway. research funding is hard to come by so they can't throw it around like confetti.)
    • sebloak
    • By sebloak 24th May 19, 2:07 PM
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    sebloak
    Anyone noticing more and more studies taking longer and longer to approve?
    • loukas2993
    • By loukas2993 24th May 19, 2:21 PM
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    loukas2993
    Anyone noticing more and more studies taking longer and longer to approve?
    Originally posted by sebloak
    I think it's wholly down to the investigator themselves so can vary quite a lot! Some of mine nowadays are still approved within a few hours, whilst others have taken around 10-14 days!
    • julicorn
    • By julicorn 24th May 19, 4:48 PM
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    julicorn
    Assessing Cognition in the General Population - Study 7c
    Hosted by Cambridge Cognition
    £2.5030 minutes £5.00/hr 119 places remaining

    This one was a little painful, I'm not going to lie. Reminded me of the studies I had to do at uni

    Aside from that, 2 other studies today, one for £2.70 and one for £1.70, both paid already. The guy who is running the two week dream study is also super on it with payments, it's amazing. Already got paid almost £10 just for this week, and it's just 2 3-minute surveys a day. Can't complain at the moment
    Original mortgage: December 2017, £203,495
    MFW start: April 2018, £201,800
    Current: £169,350
    • mikep22
    • By mikep22 25th May 19, 8:37 AM
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    mikep22
    Congratulations!
    The researcher Gael Le Mens has awarded you a bonus.
    Your account has been credited by £0.04.

    Just what was the point?
    Debt: May 15: £17335 Jul 16: £13874 Jan 17: £11,606 Dec 18: £8,308
    • fabsaver
    • By fabsaver 25th May 19, 8:39 AM
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    fabsaver
    Congratulations!
    The researcher Gael Le Mens has awarded you a bonus.
    Your account has been credited by £0.04.

    Just what was the point?
    Originally posted by mikep22
    I'm 4p richer too! Now what shall I spend it on
    • mikep22
    • By mikep22 25th May 19, 9:13 AM
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    mikep22
    I'm 4p richer too! Now what shall I spend it on
    Originally posted by fabsaver
    I am struggling to think of anything that can be bought with 4p, tbf.
    Debt: May 15: £17335 Jul 16: £13874 Jan 17: £11,606 Dec 18: £8,308
    • MissPop
    • By MissPop 25th May 19, 5:16 PM
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    MissPop
    I am struggling to think of anything that can be bought with 4p, tbf.
    Originally posted by mikep22
    I'd say four penny sweets, but you can't even buy 'em like that any more

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    • julicorn
    • By julicorn 26th May 19, 7:07 AM
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    julicorn
    Purchasing study
    Hosted by Lucia Savadori
    26/05/2019, 08:05
    6IX2HQ5P
    £0.84

    Quite enjoyed this one
    Original mortgage: December 2017, £203,495
    MFW start: April 2018, £201,800
    Current: £169,350
    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 26th May 19, 7:30 AM
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    Mirů
    Purchasing study
    Hosted by Lucia Savadori
    26/05/2019, 08:05
    6IX2HQ5P
    £0.84

    Quite enjoyed this one
    Originally posted by julicorn

    Hiya...I did this one and enjoyed it too! Did I understand correctly that some people will actually get the goods that they ordered?? Confused

    (*cough* I ordered a bottle of gin among other things)
    Remember how far you have come not how far you have to go
    • julicorn
    • By julicorn 26th May 19, 8:30 AM
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    julicorn
    Hiya...I did this one and enjoyed it too! Did I understand correctly that some people will actually get the goods that they ordered?? Confused

    (*cough* I ordered a bottle of gin among other things)
    Originally posted by Mir!
    Yes, I think it said 1 in 100!
    I was veeeery tempted by the gin, but I think having run out of grocery money for this month inspired me to make the most boring, sensible choices out of probably any of the respondents A tub of Pringles made it into my basket, though
    Original mortgage: December 2017, £203,495
    MFW start: April 2018, £201,800
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    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 26th May 19, 8:56 AM
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    Mirů
    Yes, I think it said 1 in 100!
    I was veeeery tempted by the gin, but I think having run out of grocery money for this month inspired me to make the most boring, sensible choices out of probably any of the respondents A tub of Pringles made it into my basket, though
    Originally posted by julicorn
    Ha, ditto the Pringles!! Do report back if you are lucky. Fingers x'd for both of us and anyone else that did it.

    Been getting some unusual/interesting surveys lately, I had one to do last week which consisted of going into John Lewis's candle department, answering some questions on a website whilst I was there, taking some photos and doing a video in the store saying why I bought candles at JL. Felt a right idiot doing it but it is supposed to pay £30. Not sure if it was Prolific, One Opinion or Qmee.
    Remember how far you have come not how far you have to go
    • Trina90
    • By Trina90 26th May 19, 2:40 PM
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    Trina90
    I did that one this morning too! Went for my boring, usual grocery items. Was a fun survey though!
    Mortgage started 2015: £150,000
    2016: £130,000
    2017: £116,000
    2018: £105,000
    • mikep22
    • By mikep22 28th May 19, 7:06 AM
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    mikep22
    Ha, ditto the Pringles!! Do report back if you are lucky. Fingers x'd for both of us and anyone else that did it.

    Been getting some unusual/interesting surveys lately, I had one to do last week which consisted of going into John Lewis's candle department, answering some questions on a website whilst I was there, taking some photos and doing a video in the store saying why I bought candles at JL. Felt a right idiot doing it but it is supposed to pay £30. Not sure if it was Prolific, One Opinion or Qmee.
    Originally posted by Mir!
    FILTH. Would be especially filth as I only 2 minutes walk from the JL in MK. And if nothing else you get a special feeling of toff for a few minutes.
    Debt: May 15: £17335 Jul 16: £13874 Jan 17: £11,606 Dec 18: £8,308
    • julicorn
    • By julicorn 28th May 19, 10:38 AM
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    julicorn
    First impression counts
    Hosted by Paul Grassl
    £1.70 12 minutes £8.50/hr 19 places remaining
    Original mortgage: December 2017, £203,495
    MFW start: April 2018, £201,800
    Current: £169,350
    • mrsyardbroom
    • By mrsyardbroom 28th May 19, 11:31 AM
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    mrsyardbroom
    I haven't had a survey for about two weeks from PA. I thought they'd stopped for the summer.
    Don't mess with pensioners.
    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 28th May 19, 12:00 PM
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    Mirů
    Yes, I think it said 1 in 100!
    I was veeeery tempted by the gin, but I think having run out of grocery money for this month inspired me to make the most boring, sensible choices out of probably any of the respondents A tub of Pringles made it into my basket, though
    Originally posted by julicorn
    Just got emailed a list of the winners... oh well, will have to actually buy my gin I guess!
    Remember how far you have come not how far you have to go
    • julicorn
    • By julicorn 28th May 19, 2:34 PM
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    julicorn
    Just got emailed a list of the winners... oh well, will have to actually buy my gin I guess!
    Originally posted by Mir!
    I'm not one of the winners either. Ah well, at least for me it's just beans and frozen veg I'm missing out on - could have used those Pringles though!
    Original mortgage: December 2017, £203,495
    MFW start: April 2018, £201,800
    Current: £169,350
    • mikep22
    • By mikep22 28th May 19, 2:36 PM
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    mikep22
    I'm not one of the winners either. Ah well, at least for me it's just beans and frozen veg I'm missing out on - could have used those Pringles though!
    Originally posted by julicorn
    Noodles for the win.
    Debt: May 15: £17335 Jul 16: £13874 Jan 17: £11,606 Dec 18: £8,308
    • Ivana B Rich
    • By Ivana B Rich 28th May 19, 3:54 PM
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    Ivana B Rich
    Sport Experiences Study
    Hosted by umanitoba.ca
    £2.8910 minutes £17.34/hr 168 places remaining
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