Creating a pool

If you already have a pool and you want to create an identical one, clone the existing pool. If not, create a new pool.

New pool

A pool contains the settings of a set of task that are sent out for completion. The task interface is described in the project.

Tip. You can first test the pool settings in the sandbox and then move them to the Toloka production version along with the project.

To create a pool, follow the instructions:

  1. Click Add pool on the project page.

  2. Set the parameters and click Save.

Pool parameters

Parameter

Overview

Name

The pool name shown only to you (as a requester) on the project page.

Public description

Will be displayed instead of the project description in the task list for performers and linked training.

Private description

If necessary, you can add a private project description that will only be available to you.

Training

This field is only available if you have training pools in the project.

Training pool that will be linked to the main one.

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.
  • Training — A main pool which consists only of training tasks and can have a zero cost. Use it to train performers before performing real tasks if the training pool doesn't work well for your project.
  • 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 main tasks.
  • Other — If none of the above apply.
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.

Price per task suite

Payment per task suite in US dollars. For cents, use the dot (".") as a separator. The minimum price is $0.01. For more information, see the Setting up pricing section.

See examples of prices for different types of tasks here.

dynamic pricing

This parameter allows you to vary the task price depending on the performer's skill level. Learn more

See examples of prices for different types of tasks here.

Adult content

Whether the tasks have porn content. Tasks with porn content 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 "Yes".

Users filter

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

If you give training tasks to performers, you can add a skill to the pool to choose performers who already completed training. Learn more about skills

Offline accept

Turn on this option to review the completed tasks manually.

Set the time period when you can check the tasks and reject them if the results are poor.

Learn more about task review here and here.

Captcha frequency

The frequency of captcha display:

  • “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.

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.

Overlap

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.

dynamic-overlap

You can use this parameter if you specify fixed values for the input data fields. It lets you save your budget and avoid setting fixed overlap for all pool tasks.

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.

Speed / Quality

Use this setting to select the most active performers by rating or to set the time limit for pool completion.

This way you can choose performers for your tasks. If you want to get responses very quickly, the quality may be doubtful. If you want very high quality, be prepared to wait longer. Find a balance that meets your needs. Learn more.

Time on task

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.

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.

Example

If you specified 2 tasks per page 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 enabled

Tasks will be grouped on pages in the order they are listed in the TSV file.
Example

If you specified 2 tasks per page 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 4
Image 2 Image 2 Image 4 Image 3
Image 3 or or or
Image 4 Image 2 Image 4 Image 5
Image 5 Image 1 Image 3 Image 6
Image 6
Tasks in the file Page 1 Page 2 Page 3
Image 1 Image 1 Image 3 Image 4
Image 2 Image 2 Image 4 Image 3
Image 3 or or or
Image 4 Image 2 Image 4 Image 5
Image 5 Image 1 Image 3 Image 6
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.

Expires

The date the pool closes. The pool closes automatically on this date, even if the tasks aren't marked up.

Time before the pool closes 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.

Priority 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.

Parameter

Overview

Name

The pool name shown only to you (as a requester) on the project page.

Public description

Will be displayed instead of the project description in the task list for performers and linked training.

Private description

If necessary, you can add a private project description that will only be available to you.

Training

This field is only available if you have training pools in the project.

Training pool that will be linked to the main one.

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.
  • Training — A main pool which consists only of training tasks and can have a zero cost. Use it to train performers before performing real tasks if the training pool doesn't work well for your project.
  • 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 main tasks.
  • Other — If none of the above apply.
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.

Price per task suite

Payment per task suite in US dollars. For cents, use the dot (".") as a separator. The minimum price is $0.01. For more information, see the Setting up pricing section.

See examples of prices for different types of tasks here.

dynamic pricing

This parameter allows you to vary the task price depending on the performer's skill level. Learn more

See examples of prices for different types of tasks here.

Adult content

Whether the tasks have porn content. Tasks with porn content 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 "Yes".

Users filter

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

If you give training tasks to performers, you can add a skill to the pool to choose performers who already completed training. Learn more about skills

Offline accept

Turn on this option to review the completed tasks manually.

Set the time period when you can check the tasks and reject them if the results are poor.

Learn more about task review here and here.

Captcha frequency

The frequency of captcha display:

  • “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.

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.

Overlap

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.

dynamic-overlap

You can use this parameter if you specify fixed values for the input data fields. It lets you save your budget and avoid setting fixed overlap for all pool tasks.

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.

Speed / Quality

Use this setting to select the most active performers by rating or to set the time limit for pool completion.

This way you can choose performers for your tasks. If you want to get responses very quickly, the quality may be doubtful. If you want very high quality, be prepared to wait longer. Find a balance that meets your needs. Learn more.

Time on task

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.

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.

Example

If you specified 2 tasks per page 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 enabled

Tasks will be grouped on pages in the order they are listed in the TSV file.
Example

If you specified 2 tasks per page 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 4
Image 2 Image 2 Image 4 Image 3
Image 3 or or or
Image 4 Image 2 Image 4 Image 5
Image 5 Image 1 Image 3 Image 6
Image 6
Tasks in the file Page 1 Page 2 Page 3
Image 1 Image 1 Image 3 Image 4
Image 2 Image 2 Image 4 Image 3
Image 3 or or or
Image 4 Image 2 Image 4 Image 5
Image 5 Image 1 Image 3 Image 6
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.

Expires

The date the pool closes. The pool closes automatically on this date, even if the tasks aren't marked up.

Time before the pool closes 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.

Priority 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.

How performers see pools

Performers can't see pools inside the project and select specific tasks (except for field tasks, where they can select points on the map). They also can't see pool settings, the number of tasks, or completion progress.

If at least one pool from the project is available to the performer, then this project is displayed on the main page as a card with the name, description, and price for the task. After selecting a project, the performer is issued a task from the pool. When they complete it, another one is issued, and so on.

A single project card is displayed if the pools in it differ only by name, quality control, or filters. In the latter case, the project card only includes tasks from the pools that the performer has access to.

Performers see one project card
For example, you create “Pool 1” and “Pool 2” with the same settings in the “Are there traffic signs in the photo?” project. If the performer has access to both pools, they are displayed as a single card on the main page.

Several cards are displayed if the pools differ in these settings:

  • Acceptance type
  • Public description
  • Task price

This is useful if you want to combine tasks in pools by subject, duration of audio recordings, or difficulty of evaluation.

Performers see several project cards
In this example, the performer has access to two pools with different prices and descriptions, so there are two project cards on the main page. The performer can choose any of them — for example, the one with the higher price.

Cloning a pool

To clone a pool, click  → Clone at the top of the pool page or in the list of pools on the project page.

If you need to change the pool settings, open edit mode.

Troubleshooting

What overlap should I set?

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”.

Can I change overlap after the pool is started?

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.

What is the right time limit for the task completion?
Try completing the tasks yourself. Ask your colleagues and friends to complete them. Find out average completion time and add 50% to it.
How many tasks should be in a suite?

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).

Should I create a skill for every pool?

It is better to use one skill in a project. You can choose the way to calculate the skill:

  • Calculate the skill for each pool separately. The current skill value is the value of the skill in the pool the user completed last. This option is convenient if:

    • The pools are intended for different groups of performers (for example, there are filters by city or country).

    • Pools are started one by one and you don't want to take into account the responses in the previous pools to calculate the skill in the current pool.

    This calculation method is used by default when adding a quality control rule to a pool. For the control tasks block, leave the Recent values to use field empty.

  • Calculate skill based on all tasks in a project This option is good if the pools are small and you don't need to have skill calculated for each pool.

    This option is available only for skills on control tasks. To use it, fill in the Recent values to use field in quality control rules in pools.