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I've been using it just under 2 years... but they have done me well so far. Close to 3k now. Only things I get returns or ignores for are either voice chat, shares or Skype ones... Don't touch them since I do it from work. Best thing about Prolific though is most of the time it is genuinely interesting, unless you get the press E for left, P for right sort of things that you have to do for half an hour for a measly £4.50...

Certainly beats the rest of them out there for cash paid...

Used to be on the old or now moved Prolific forum, but that was more about updating...
Wow, that's a lot of surveys! How often do you log in? I try to check them once a day, but sometimes the surveys fill in before I get a reliable internet connection!
 

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Wow, that's a lot of surveys! How often do you log in? I try to check them once a day, but sometimes the surveys fill in before I get a reliable internet connection!
Prolific studies can go in seconds! The best way of not missing out is to either download prolific assistant for Chrome, which announces when a study is available, or to keep Prolific open in a tab when working on your computer. When a study is available, a little '1' appears on the tab.
I find Prolific assistant only tends to work when I have the tab open at the same time, otherwise it shows a permanent error.
I get numerous studies each day, so they are out there, you just have to be quick!
 

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Prolific studies can go in seconds!
Seconds, OK... I've had the case where there were several hundreds of slots left, but when I get somewhere with internet access half an hour later, it's gone! Ah well...
 

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Seconds, OK... I've had the case where there were several hundreds of slots left, but when I get somewhere with internet access half an hour later, it's gone! Ah well...
How do you know there's a study to do with no internet access? Homing pigeon?
 

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Precisely. I can get wifi on the bus from work (approximately 1 time out of 3) but it is not very stable. I've tried doing surveys in the past, only to lose connection part way throughout! When I get into town, I can use the wifi at Waitrose while waiting for my second bus home.
It's not worth getting a data plan on my mobile phone as I work in a rural location and the signal is too poor! Even making a phone call is a nightmare, people can't hear me, I can't hear them, and we are often disconnected... I've tried GiffGaff, Three and Tesco Mobile, some of my colleagues have tried EE, O2, Sky Mobile, BT Mobile... Too many hills and trees!
 

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I contacted Prolific asking why I hadn't seen any studies on hold, and they avoided answering my question as to whether they had put my account on hold. I pushed them further then got this just now. Gubbed at Prolific! I am fuming at their suggestion that I am in any way untrustworthy. I answered 8 studies, and answered all questions honestly. I have never had another account with them, so have no idea what they're on about.

Hi William,

We carry out various types of automated checks on accounts to improve data quality. These include assessing responses to surveys and questions, checking the trustworthiness of ISPs, reports from researchers, as well as other factors.

I'm afraid you cannot participate in further studies on Prolific because your account has failed one or more of these checks. We are unable to disclose further information about these checks.

However, you will still be able to withdraw any remaining rewards earned from your account.

Best wishes,
Prolific Support Team
 

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I understand why you'd be fuming. I have had a survey which was 'returned', I didn't get an explanation. Also I can't log into One Poll at the moment, which is vexing as I've got nearly £30!

I contacted Prolific asking why I hadn't seen any studies on hold, and they avoided answering my question as to whether they had put my account on hold. I pushed them further then got this just now. Gubbed at Prolific! I am fuming at their suggestion that I am in any way untrustworthy. I answered 8 studies, and answered all questions honestly. I have never had another account with them, so have no idea what they're on about.

Hi William,

We carry out various types of automated checks on accounts to improve data quality. These include assessing responses to surveys and questions, checking the trustworthiness of ISPs, reports from researchers, as well as other factors.

I'm afraid you cannot participate in further studies on Prolific because your account has failed one or more of these checks. We are unable to disclose further information about these checks.

However, you will still be able to withdraw any remaining rewards earned from your account.

Best wishes,
Prolific Support Team
 

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