At the very top you will see a row of buttons which are called the menu buttons. Each button may show other buttons, open a window or change an option. The help button describes a bit about the many features of the script and then links back to these help pages.
The volume isn't actually a button but a slider. If you slide it to the right the volume will be at 100%. If you slide it to the left the volume will be at 0 which is basically muting it. This will set the volume for all alarms so make sure you actually want to do that. You can change the alarms or mute the queue alert alarm by the checkbox at the bottom.
The jobs menu shows 5 new buttons which deals with listing, adding, saving, exporting or importing jobs. The main button takes you back to the main menu. The save button is to save all jobs, options, positions and tabs but this isn't really needed because the script saves stuff automatically. Only times it might not save is if it saves after getting a hit. It will save that info if you interact with any button.
- Find out more details about the job buttons go to Jobs Menu Button Topic.
The display menu shows two buttons to show Minimum Info or Extended Info. This is meant to show more jobs on screen so you can turn jobs on or off easier.
The extended info is shown by default and shows everything that is important.
The Minimum info only shows the Requester Name, shortcut Group ID, Status and buttons for each job.
Groupings is a way to group together some jobs so you can have all of them turn on at the same time or turn off at the same time. This is a good way of collecting hits that usually only come in the morning, during the day or at night. You can group together penny hits to start them up when times are slow.
There are two ways of creating a group. The first way might change in the future because it is causing some weird problems. The second way is a bit better but you have to be collecting the jobs you want in the group first. When you press the groupings button you will see 4 new buttons to use for groupings. The main button goes back to the main menu.
- Find out more details about the grouping buttons go to Grouping Menu Button Topic.
The cycler timer is the most important thing about the script. This is the main timer that goes through each of your jobs you are collecting. With this menu you can reset, slow, speed up or edit the main cycler timer. When you push the cycler menu button the status row also changes to show the cycler info in detail. The help button describes a bit about the cycler and then links back to these help pages.
The status row shows the actual elapsed time it is cycling at, the time for 1 cycle, how much time it has slowed down and the cycle timer it will be using when in ham mode.
- Find out more details about the cycler buttons go to Cycler Menu Button Topic.
This script is designed to go as fast as possible to collect hits. The problem with this is if you want to run a script to monitor or scrape hits on mturk then it can interfere with the main timer and cause a lot more PRE's. The script will slow down when it receives PRE's but it can take a long time to find the perfect timer to run with other scripts. Now there are three timers that can be used for these instances.
The first timer is the fastest and by default it's right at the edge of getting PRE's which is around 980ms. The second timer is set by default to 1400ms and it should give more space for other scripts. The third timer is set by default to 2100ms which should be more than enough time to run with other scripts. The three timers can be set in the options/timers menu. If you need to switch to a slower timer than click on the numbers in this menu corresponding to the timer number. Remember if you use a slower timer the chance of grabbing hits before others is lower.
So you need to find the perfect timers for how you work. If you have a great batch and a full queue do you really need to have the scraper on? You can also use monitor scripts offline so it won't mess with PRE's for you. Also hitfinder can run on the new mturk worker site at: worker.mturk.com which has a separate PRE timer and won't interfere with the main mturk site. Remember you need to find the best way to use scripts to work efficiently for you and not just grab all scripts and turn them on.
- To find out more about setting time for the timers go to Timers Options Topic.
There are many options which can be changed for this script so it works with the way you work. After pressing the options button there will be 4 new buttons so you can change timer values, alarm sounds, general options and stop the automatic slowdown feature.
The script will automatically slow down when it receives PRE's but if you don't need that feature you can turn it off by pushing the Stop Auto Slowdown button. Of course you will get a lot of PRE's if you are running at a fast speed or working very fast. This could help in some rare cases with throttled batches.
- Find out more details about the option buttons go to Options Menu Button Topic.