Editing a pool
You can edit a pool with the “Open” or “Closed” status. While editing, an open pool switches to the “CLOSED_FOR_UPDATE” status. For example, this way you can change the payout amount in a running pool.
To edit the pool parameters, click Edit at the top of the pool page or in the list of pools on the customizable project page.
- Pool name
- Public description
Will be displayed instead of the project description in the task list for performers and linked training.
- Private comment
If necessary, you can add a private comment that will only be available to you.
- Price per task suite in dollars
- Performers' interest in the price
Calculated automatically. Shows how the price meets performers' expectations.
- Number of tasks per suite
Calculated automatically. Shows the number of tasks per suite recommended for this type of project.
The number of performers who should complete each task in the pool.
Configure this parameter if you need several people to complete your task. Overlap is necessary in tasks for collecting photo datasets, recording audio, or conducting surveys. In other types of tasks, it can improve the quality of results.
To save money, you can set up dynamic overlap (also known as incremental relabeling or IRL).
Dynamic overlap will help you save money. Learn more.
- Task price
Calculated automatically including a 30% commission fee.
- Adult content
Tasks that contain pornographic or shocking content. These tasks are only issued to performers who have agreed to complete these types of tasks.
If you aren't sure whether the tasks have porn content, select the My tasks may contain shocking or pornographic content option.
- Filters and skills
By setting the filters, you choose performers that meet your requirements to complete your task. There are filter sets, filters by various criteria, and filters by skills that you can create yourself.
If you are working with Russian-language texts in the task, you don't need to display the project for non-Russian speakers. You can set a filter for the Russian language. Similarly, you can filter performers by place of residence in a particular country or city, and so on. Learn more
- Speed/quality balance
A setting for choosing performers for your tasks. You can set the percentage or number of top-rated users.
When there are many performers, you can get results quickly, but the quality of the performers' responses may be poor. Find a balance that meets your needs. Learn more.
- Captcha frequency
You can choose how often captchas are shown to performers:
“No” — Don't show captchas.
“Low” — Show a captcha after every 20 assignments.
“Medium”/ “High” — Show a captcha after every 10 assignments.
To show the captcha to performers, set the quality control rule.
- Non-automatic acceptance
Set the time period when you can check the tasks and reject them if the results are poor.
- Review period
The number of days for reviewing and accepting tasks (max: 21). The performer will see the deadline for checking the tasks:
In the task information on the Toloka main page.
In the history of completed tasks.
- Quality control rules
You can add other quality control rules by clicking Add a quality control rule. You can select ready-made sets of rules or set the rules you need manually. Learn more.
- Fast responses
Restricting access for performers who respond too quickly. Specify the minimum time required for completing a task suite (in seconds) and set the condition.
For example: if the number of responses is > 5 and the number of quick responses is > 3, then ban the performer on the project for 5 days. Learn more.
- Majority vote
Evaluate performers' responses by comparing them with the majority vote: reward performers who give correct responses and block those who make mistakes often.
In the Accept as majority field, specify the number of matching responses that is considered the majority vote and set the condition. The rule takes effect when the number of responses for the task is equal to the overlap.
For example: if the number of responses is > 5 and the percentage of correct responses is < 60, then ban the performer on the project for 10 days.
This field is only available if you have training pools in the project.
Training pool that will be linked to the main one.
- Level required
This field is only available if you have filled in the Training field.
Percentage of correct responses in training tasks (from 0 to 100) required to be admitted to the pool tasks. The calculation is based on the first response the performer gave in each task.
The minimum required level that you can set is 5. Performers who complete training with apercentage below this level won't have access to tasks.
Dynamic pricing and overlap
- Dynamic pricing
- Dynamic overlap
You set the range, the service analyzes the responses, their consistency, the level of performers' skills and, if necessary, increases the overlap within the range you specified. Learn more.
- Pool priority within the project
Number from 0 to 100. Allows you to rank a pool within a project. First, a performer is assigned tasks from a pool with higher priority.
- Time per task suite in seconds
The time allowed for completing a task suite, in seconds. Uncompleted tasks are redistributed to other performers.
We recommend spending no more than 60 seconds per task (including the time for page loading and sending responses).
If you set the interval too long, the tasks will stay open for a long time. If it is too short, the tasks won't be completed and paid for.
- Waiting time for the pool to close in seconds
The interval during which the pool will remain open from the moment all tasks are completed. Minimum — 0, maximum — 259200 seconds (three days).
For example, you can use this parameter if you need an open pool where you regularly upload new tasks.
- Pool closing date
The date the pool closes. The pool closes automatically on this date, even if the tasks aren't marked up.
- Pool type
This field should be filled in when you set tasks for 0 cents. Choose an option from the list:
- Examination — Control tasks to assess how well performers completed their training.
- Retry — Control tasks to give a second chance to performers who passed the training and exam but made a lot of mistakes while completing the general tasks.
- Other — If none of the above apply.
- Keep task order
Option disabled (default value)
The uploaded tasks are grouped in pages and given to performers in random order. Within the page, the task order is always random.
If you specified 2 tasks per suite when uploading the TSV file with image links to the pool, the system can generate them as follows:
Tasks in the file Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Image 1 Image 2 Image 6 Image 4 Image 2 Image 5 Image 1 Image 3 Image 3 Image 4 Image 5 Image 6 Tasks in the file Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Image 1 Image 2 Image 6 Image 4 Image 2 Image 5 Image 1 Image 3 Image 3 Image 4 Image 5 Image 6
Option enabledTasks will be grouped on pages in the order they are listed in the TSV file.
If you specified 2 tasks per suite when uploading the TSV file with image links to the pool, you are equally likely to get pages where the first link goes first and the second goes second, and the other way round:
Tasks in the file Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Image 1 Image 1 Image 3 Image 5 Image 2 Image 2 Image 4 Image 6 Image 3 or or or Image 4 Image 2 Image 4 Image 6 Image 5 Image 1 Image 3 Image 5 Image 6 Tasks in the file Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Image 1 Image 1 Image 3 Image 5 Image 2 Image 2 Image 4 Image 6 Image 3 or or or Image 4 Image 2 Image 4 Image 6 Image 5 Image 1 Image 3 Image 5 Image 6
If the pool has an overlap, the next task is distributed only when the previous task is completed by the necessary number of performers.
Use this parameter to:
Speed up collection of responses for majority vote check.
Issue tasks by priority.
Put important tasks in the beginning of the file. They will be completed faster and with the necessary overlap.
You've stopped the main pool. This could limit the number of performers with access to the pool. Start the training pool again. There will be more performers who can access the tasks.
- The filters you set are too strict. For example, a strong restriction on a certain skill that most users don't have.
- Too many users are banned. Ease the quality control rules.
Overlap defines how many performers complete the same pool task.
The best overlap is an overlap that provides satisfying quality of results. For most tasks that are not reviewed, overlap from “3” to “5” is enough. If the tasks are simple, overlap of “3” is likely to be enough. For tasks that are reviewed, set overlap to “1”.
Yes. Open edit mode for the pool and set a new overlap value. You don't need to restart the pool. Updating the settings is usually fast, but if there are many tasks, it may take several minutes.
The number of tasks depends on how difficult and time-consuming the tasks are. Keep the size reasonably small. Large task suites are unpopular, partly because they are inconvenient for performers (for example, if the internet connection is unstable).
If you change the time allocated for a task, the time value will apply to the tasks that have not yet been taken by the performers. The same applies to the case when you close the pool. A performer who has an assignment in the active status can complete the assignment.
If you uploaded tasks to the pool using “smart mixing”, you can stop the pool and mark up your tasks: edit answers, hints, or delete tasks.
If you uploaded them using a different method, clone your pool and upload the new file with the corrected list of data to be labeled.