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Multiple household accounts on Prolific Academic

A while ago I posted about my account being suspended on PA for reasons that I couldn't fathom. Turns out it's because my partner also has an account and we were both completing the same surveys (for over a year). I was suspended for having multiple accounts and she continued to do surveys, which was bad for us because I have more free time in which to do clickworky stuff.

After a couple months of being confused about it, I finally got someone at PA to discuss it with me. She had us send copies of our IDs to prove we were two actual people - and now both accounts are active again. However, we are no longer permitted by the PA system to complete any survey more than one time, so if I have already done one and she selects it, PA will say No Dice. This hurts earnings but since I have more free time, we are earning much more from PA than she was when I was banned.....

Anyway - just wanted to clarify. I could see this being a problem for people that live in beermoney-earning (kratomoney, for us) group houses.

Edit: I had to grovel pretty persistently to get them to reinstate me, they ignored me for months. And yes, I had read the FAQ - but I really did think that if we used different pcs, it wouldn't be an issue.

Beermoney | 👁 715 | Posted 2018-03-07 | Share on Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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4 Comments

theILLduce 10 months ago

I was suspended in mid-to-late summer and was reinstated about six weeks ago. I haven't been coming to this sub very often due to IRL work.

theILLduce 10 months ago

Agreed. I'm not complaining - I just thought I'd warn people who might also run into this problem - I knew the rules but ignored them and it eventually caught up with us. I think PA has a lot of integrity and I've had a bad time doing surveys for anyone else, Survey Savvy and the like.

play_it_safe 10 months ago

Honestly it's good the platform does this. Better survey takers and responses mean more people want to administer surveys on it, which mean more opportunities for everyone.

outsideYourHead 10 months ago

Yes, it's also stated in their FAQs. But hasn't it been like this for months now?


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