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Happy Halloween!

Let’s give October a proper goodbye by pushing high quality work through and keeping CrowdSurf customers happy!

We are looking to promote transcribers who work the hardest and who constantly produce high quality transcripts! Check your inboxes regularly!

Please review all Bonus requirements and other updates below. Email us at [email protected] with any questions!

We would also like to remind you to subscribe to the CrowdSurfWork Newsletter!

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. NEW Weekly Bonus Rates: Read below to review this week’s Bonus updates!
  2. NEW Bonus Requirements: Read below to review Level 3 > requirements!
  3. Weekly Bonuses now require a 3.85+ QC score!
  4. Weekly Bonuses will go out by Tuesday 11/8/16 11:59pm PT.
  5. Promotions: Transcribers need a 3.85+ QC score AND at least 200 HITs weekly for a promotion!

Log in to CrowdSurfWork to get started!

Sincerely,
Your CrowdSurf Support Team


The Weekly Transcription Bonus

Bonus Details-

First bonus rate achieved at 125 HITs any day of the week.

  • This bonus applies to Transcription and Edit the Transcription NOT “Review, edit, and score” HITs
  • Each HIT has a prorated bonus after HIT 325!
  • Highest rate applies – bonus tiers and prorates are not cumulative.

Weekly Bonus Rates!

Weekly QC score of 3.85+

  1. $1.25 for 125 HITs approved
  2. $2.50 for 175 HITs approved
  3. $5.50 for 250 HITs approved
  4. $9.50 for 325 HITs approved ($0.03 on every approved HIT 325-499)
  5. $20.00 for 500 HITs approved ($0.04 on every approved HIT 501-999)
  6. $50.00 for 1000 HITs approved ($0.05 on every approved HIT 1001+)

Earn a higher bonus and qualify for a CrowdSurf promotion by reviewing your Work History Dashboard.
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Media Minute Bonus

Thank You For Your Hard Work In October!

We had a great month thanks to you! We look forward to an even better month in November!

Earn your chance at a promotion by consistebtly producing high quality transcripts!

Check your inboxes regularly!

Here’s what you need to know this week:

  • NEW: Level 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 must complete at least 50mm (in specified crowdsurf tasks only-see terms and conditions) in order to qualify for the Weekly Transcription Bonus.
  • NEW: Level 5, 6 & 7 Requirements!!: Read below to learn more about updated requirements
  • Weekly Bonuses will go out by Tuesday 11/8/16 11:59pm PT.

Join us on Work Market for the best work experience!

Best,

The CrowdSurf Team


Weekly Media Minute Bonus

Weekly Bonus tiers for 3.75+ QC score

  1. 50 mm approved = $1.00 (That’s $.02+/mm on every minute once you hit 50mm)
  2. 75 mmapproved = $2.25 
  3. 150 mm approved = $5.25 
  4. 225 mm approved = $8.50
  5. 300 mm approved = $11.50
  6. 450 mm approved = $18.00
  7. 500 mm approved = $22.50
  8. 600 mm approved = $33.00 (+$0.055 on every approved mm 601+)

*Note: mm = media minute

Important Payment Reminders

Level 4 – 7 Requirements:

To keep up with new customer volume, we’ve introduced requirements for the Weekly Media Minute Bonus. Make sure you have a QC score for the weekly bonus!

  • If you’re in Level 4, 5, 6, and 7 we need you to submit at least SEVEN Transcription Review (Review, edit, and score) Tasks to qualify for your Weekly Media Minute Bonus.
  • If you’re in Level 5, we need you to submit at least SEVEN Full Text Review Tasks to qualify for your Weekly Media Minute Bonus.
  • If you’re in Level 6, 7, we need you to submit at least ONE QC Reject Task & FIVE Full Text Review Tasks to qualify for your Weekly Media Minute Bonus!

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Weekly Friendly Tips

Tips for Successful CrowdSurfers!

Welcome to the Weekly Friendly Tips post! 

Written by fellow CrowdSurfers, these posts are published every Monday and will list the previous weeks most common errors and help with how to avoid making those errors in future tasks!


Monday, October 24, 2016

Hello CrowdSurfers!

This past week I encountered a disturbing number of errors which could have been completely avoided by simply following the guidelines we’ve been given for doing this work.

CrowdSurf has provided an extensive guideline document, as well as a glossary PDF for many of the technical, computer related terms we encounter, and it is crucial that we familiarize ourselves with these as well as bookmarking them for quick reference access whenever we encounter a situation that we’re not sure of.

For about the first year I was doing CrowdSurf work, I sat down every Saturday morning and completely re-read the guidelines and glossary, and I still make a point of doing this again about once a month. I’m often surprised at noticing things I may have forgotten.

Among the most frequent errors I encountered this past week were instances of clean verbatim guidelines not being followed.

1st:

Disfluencies and fillers (especially “you know” and “like”) were often incorrectly kept in the transcript.
The guidelines say: Clean Verbatim Transcripts: Transcribe the audio content exactly as heard, but leave out disfluencies (um, uh, ah, eh); filler words (hm, you know, like); stutters, stammers, unnecessary repetitions, and false starts.

2nd:
Minor filler words which interrupted the primary speaker were often incorrectly included in the transcript.
Guidelines Section One- Most Common Requirements, Clean Verbatim Transcription: When transcribing dialogue, leave out any filler words that interrupt the primary speaker.

3rd:
Speaker change indicators were often left out where needed or, it seemed even more often, included where they should not have been.
Each time there is a change in speaker in the media, indicate the change with a double chevron like this: Hello Amy. >> Hello Charlie.

4th:
And I also encountered a whole lot of confusion surrounding the use of [BLANK_AUDIO] tags. I saw them inserted for very brief instances of blank audio, and in other cases, completely left out where they were needed. Keep these following guidelines in mind while doing this work:

  1. Guidelines Section One- Most Common Requirements, Silence, Sounds and Non-Verbal noises: 2. Use bbb (for BLANK_AUDIO) when there is no audio, silence, or non-relevant sounds (like static) for greater than 2 seconds in a clip.
  2. Guidelines Section One- Most Common Requirements, Silence, Sounds and Non-Verbal noises: Noisy Lecture Halls: Ignore it. Don’t type sss or nnn to denote the noise. (It is not relevant to the content of the lecture) If the clip contains unintelligible crowd noise, please use bbb.
  3. And then there is the matter of how to handle the lines before and after the [BLANK_AUDIO] tag.
    1. Since every bbb tag creates its own separate line in FTR, that means that the word immediately following the tag starts a new line and needs to be capitalized.
    2. Punctuation immediately before the tag will depend on whether that line is a complete sentence (so you would punctuate it with a period/exclamation mark/question mark) or if the tag is generated by the speaker pausing mid-sentence (so you would punctuate with a comma).
      1. The example given in the guidelines for a mid-sentence bbb tag is: Section Seven- Math & Science, Example for using bbb mid-sentence: If we want to minimize J(theta), [BLANK_AUDIO] Then we’ll need to take the derivative

5th:

And finally, timing, timing, horrid, wretched timing.

A contributor to the CrowdSurf Subreddit (which is also an extremely valuable tool which I highly recommend bookmarking and checking often) stated the timing issue very well a few days ago:

“…if the first word of the line is not the first word you hear, you need to flag the line for timing. There is a button in the upper right above your text box that has a flag and a clock on it. If you don’t do this and an unmarked line is highlighted in QC, you’ll end up with a Poor (2) for that line. The only exception will be when there is a big paragraph in the sidebar that explicitly says not to worry about (timing). Those will almost exclusively be audio only jobs and aren’t common. When in doubt…flag.” 

 

So remember, a superior grasp of the guidelines will allow us to do better work, keep up our QC scores, and ultimately increase customers’ satisfaction with the finished product they receive from CrowdSurf.
Peace, Love, Transcription!

 


For more help with Full Text Review tasks, check out the links below:

Media Minute Bonus

Earn Your Biggest Bonus This Week!

Review this week’s Bonus Requirements below!

Keep pushing high quality work through and qualify for a promotion!

Check your inboxes regularly!

Here’s what you need to know this week:

  • NEW: Level 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 must complete at least 50mm (in specified crowdsurf tasks only-see terms and conditions) in order to qualify for the Weekly Transcription Bonus.
  • NEW: Level 5, 6 & 7 Requirements!!: Read below to learn more about updated requirements
  • Weekly Bonuses will go out by Tuesday 11/1/16 11:59pm PT.

Join us on Work Market for the best work experience!

Best,

The CrowdSurf Team


Weekly Media Minute Bonus

Weekly Bonus tiers for 3.75+ QC score

  1. 50 mm approved = $1.00 (That’s $.02+/mm on every minute once you hit 50mm)
  2. 75 mmapproved = $2.25 
  3. 150 mm approved = $5.25 
  4. 225 mm approved = $8.50
  5. 300 mm approved = $11.50
  6. 450 mm approved = $18.00
  7. 500 mm approved = $22.50
  8. 600 mm approved = $33.00 (+$0.055 on every approved mm 601+)

*Note: mm = media minute

Important Payment Reminders

Level 4 – 7 Requirements:

To keep up with new customer volume, we’ve introduced requirements for the Weekly Media Minute Bonus. Make sure you have a QC score for the weekly bonus!

  • If you’re in Level 4, 5, 6, and 7 we need you to submit at least SEVEN Transcription Review (Review, edit, and score) Tasks to qualify for your Weekly Media Minute Bonus.
  • If you’re in Level 5, we need you to submit at least SEVEN Full Text Review Tasks to qualify for your Weekly Media Minute Bonus.
  • If you’re in Level 6, 7, we need you to submit at least ONE QC Reject Task & FIVE Full Text Review Tasks to qualify for your Weekly Media Minute Bonus!

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Transcription Bonus

Gear up for Another Week with CrowdSurf!

Queues are loaded! Help push high quality work through and qualify for a promotion!

Check your inboxes regularly!

Please review new Bonus requirements and other updates below. Email us at [email protected] with any questions!

We would also like to remind you to subscribe to the CrowdSurfWork Newsletter!

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. NEW Weekly Bonus Rates: Read below to review this week’s Bonus updates!
  2. NEW Bonus Requirements: Read below to review Level 3 > requirements!
  3. Weekly Bonuses now require a 3.85+ QC score!
  4. Weekly Bonuses will go out by Tuesday 11/1/16 11:59pm PT.
  5. Promotions: Transcribers need a 3.85+ QC score AND at least 200 HITs weekly for a promotion!

Log in to CrowdSurfWork to get started!

Sincerely,
Your CrowdSurf Support Team


The Weekly Transcription Bonus

Bonus Details-

First bonus rate achieved at 125 HITs any day of the week.

  • This bonus applies to Transcription and Edit the Transcription NOT “Review, edit, and score” HITs
  • Each HIT has a prorated bonus after HIT 320!
  • Highest rate applies – bonus tiers and prorates are not cumulative.

Weekly Bonus Rates!

Weekly QC score of 3.85+

  1. $1.25 for 125 HITs approved
  2. $2.50 for 175 HITs approved
  3. $5.50 for 250 HITs approved
  4. $9.50 for 325 HITs approved ($0.03 on every approved HIT 325-499)
  5. $20.00 for 500 HITs approved ($0.04 on every approved HIT 501-999)
  6. $50.00 for 1000 HITs approved ($0.05 on every approved HIT 1001+)

Earn a higher bonus and qualify for a CrowdSurf promotion by reviewing your Work History Dashboard.
Read more

Weekly Friendly Tips

Helpful Hints for Successful Transcripts!

Welcome to the Weekly Friendly Tips post! 

Written by fellow CrowdSurfers, these posts are published every Monday and will list the previous weeks most common errors and help with how to avoid making those errors in future tasks!


Weekly Update: There are very special bonus offers going on this week! Click here to learn more!

Monday, October 17, 2016
Hi CrowdSurfers,

This week, the majority of errors I ran across in QC were related to consistency. When working an FTR task, consistency throughout the transcript is vital.

1st:
I ran into multiple instances where different transcribers had done their best with the spelling of a single name. As a result, the name was inconsistently spelled out  throughout the transcript. FTR workers should make sure it’s spelled correctly, or at the very least consistently, throughout.

For example:

  • one job had author Claudia Goldin’s name spelled as Goldman and Golden in different lines of the transcript.

Do your best to figure out what the name should be from context if it’s not on screen, and make sure that it’s spelled consistently throughout the FTR.

2nd:
Another big consistency related issue seems to be words with multiple accepted spellings.

For example:

  • third-party/third party, value-based/value based, and health care/healthcare.

An FTR consists of multiple transcription tasks stitched together. Different transcribers will prefer different accepted spellings. It’s our job as the FTR worker to use what is on screen for guidance, but if it isn’t on screen, choose a spelling and make sure that it’s spelled that way throughout the entire task.

3rd:

Numbers were also a big problem this week.

For Example:

  • Sentence with two common number errors “But hopefully that critical list is only 10% to 20% of the applications, not all three or four or 5,000 of the applications that you have available.”

If the speaker says, “ten to twenty percent” that should be transcribed as “10 to 20%.”

If the speaker says, “three or four or five thousand” that should be transcribed as “3 or 4 or 5,000.”

As stated in the Guidelines in Section Four- Numbers:

  • Use consistent formatting within sentences, use numerals (when at least one of the numbers is over 10) for quantities with related units, lists, or numbers with a statistical relationship.

4th:

And finally, software names. We’ve had a lot of software related tasks this week, guys. Always use Google to check on the spelling of software names if they aren’t on screen.

For example, I saw these misspellings left in FTR tasks this week:

  • GreenSock as green sock
  • TweenMax as tween Max
  • CodePen as code pen
  • ScrollMagic as scroll magic.

Remember, it’s up to us as FTR workers, who have access to much more of the media than transcribers, to treat the transcript as a whole and maintain consistent formatting and spelling throughout the task.

We want to make sure the clients’ receive accurate, high quality transcripts so they keep the work coming and keep our queues full!!


For more help with Full Text Review tasks, check out the links below:

Transcription Bonus

Keep up the Great Work!

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Media Minute Bonus

Thank You For All Your Hard Work!

Thank you all for a great week last week! Let’s make sure to keep up the quality and keep pushing work through!

Don’t forget to check your inboxes regularly! We’re promoting.

Make sure you read below to review this week’s new updates!

Here’s what you need to know this week:

  • NEW: Level 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 must complete at least 50mm (in specified crowdsurf tasks only-see terms and conditions) in order to qualify for the Weekly Transcription Bonus.
  • NEW: Level 5, 6 & 7 Requirements!!: Read below to learn more about updated requirements
  • Weekly Bonuses will go out by Tuesday 10/25/16 11:59pm PT.

Read more

Weekly Friendly Tips

Excel in CrowdSurf with These Tips!

Welcome to the Weekly Friendly Tips post! 

Written by fellow CrowdSurfers, these posts are published every Monday and will list the previous weeks most common errors and help with how to avoid making those errors in future tasks!


Weekly Update:

GREAT NEWS: You asked, we listened! Full Text Review- GM Base Rate has been increased from $.19 to $.21!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hello, CrowdSurfers!

1st:

Once again this week, the overwhelming majority of the errors I saw in QC were problems of the wrong words being transcribed. I just can’t stress strongly enough that in order to do this work well, we must devote our entire attention to the task at hand. A few rules I’ve made for myself to ensure that I can give the work my full attention are:

  • Never work hungry – have a meal or at least a substantial snack before setting up for a work period.
  • Take frequent breaks – at least once an hour, take off the headphones and step away from the keyboard. Take a little stroll around the house to stretch my legs, answer the call of nature, and rest my eyes and ears.
  • Minimize distractions – cats are fed and happy, spouse is at work or sufficiently occupied, no radio or TV on in the background, I’m free to devote my full attention to doing the best job I possibly can.

2nd:

I also encountered several instances of missing minor words this week, both at the start of sentences and within. Please remember, CrowdSurf has provided a guideline for what is to be omitted for clean transcription.

Clean Verbatim Transcripts: Transcribe the audio content exactly as heard, but leave out disfluencies (um, uh, ah, eh); filler words (hm, you know, like); stutters, stammers, unnecessary repetitions, and false starts.

Minor words such as all right, and, kind of/kinda, now, okay, so, sort of/sorta, then, and well, are all to be kept in the transcription and it is perfectly acceptable to start sentences with any of these if they are said.

3rd:

And finally, our old friend Timing makes another appearance this week. If the audio doesn’t start at the same time the line appears in the yellow box, the timing is off and needs to be flagged. If you’re not sure of where the audio started for the current line, clicking on the blue button with the white “|<<” will bring you back just to the beginning of that line so you can check.

If you haven’t yet watched the YouTube video that addresses timing, I urge you to do so, I found it to be extremely helpful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaVo_QDUF8A&feature=youtu.be

Wishing us all Full Queues and Busy Fingers,

Peace, Love, Transcription!


For more help with Full Text Review tasks, check out the links below:

Media Minute Bonus

Get Ready for a New Week and a Bigger Bonus!

We look forward to having another great week! Help us keep pushing work through and earn yourself a BIG Bonus!

Check your inboxes regularly! We’re promoting.

Make sure you read below to review this week’s new rates and other updates!

Here’s what you need to know this week:

  • NEW: Level 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 must complete at least 50mm (in specified crowdsurf tasks only-see terms and conditions) in order to qualify for the Weekly Transcription Bonus.
  • NEW: Level 5, 6 & 7 Requirements!!: Read below to learn more about updated requirements
  • Weekly Bonuses will go out by Tuesday 10/18/16 11:59pm PT.

Read more