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Has anyone encountered the requester with “free unpaid work” on Mturk?

Hi guys! I hope you guys can lead me to the direction on this subject. Yesterday I encountered a very strange survey. It looked normal at first, but it was a trap for “free unpaid work”. The survey was 5 minutes long for .75 cents. That seems very normal. I clicked the link to go to the survey, but I was transferred to a different task. The requester required me to do “free work/tasks” before transferring me to the survey for 75 cents.

Has anyone ever encountered anything like this? I’ve seen comprehension tests and attention checks before the survey begins. I have never been required to do “unpaid labor” before doing the advertised task for pay. It’s like this person put two HITs into a single HIT and is only paying for one HIT.

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