Hello Prolific Community,
I am trying to use a study design that is a bit complex and I wanted to get insight from the community and support, as well as simply confirmation about what is and isn’t possible with Prolific.
Step 1, I will run a survey on prolific to get a panel of participants that are willing to be invited for future studies on Prolific. Multiple future studies, so I don’t want to use this panel only once.
Step 2, I want to invite some of these participants to a study. These will usually be multiplayer studies where it is important to get everyone to arrive on time to be put into groups. Otherwise, participants wait for a while before everyone joins, get bored, and leave (or I have the pay them extra because they had to wait for so long). I only want to invite people from the panel, not panel + others. This means I would like to be able to warn participants in the morning about a study in the afternoon.
I understand that I can directly message participants on Prolific. I suppose that is what I would do in the morning. Can I give them a link directly to my next Prolific study via message? Then need to be able to sign up on Prolific right, not just get a link to my multiplayer experiment?
I understand that I can limit my study to only Prolific IDs from my panel (say the 100 participants from my panel that I want to invite). If I create a study this way it will send them an email right? If I schedule the study’s publishing, will it send an email when I create the study or when it is finally published?
Will they see the study straight away on Prolific (or on their browser add-on) as soon as it is published?
One issue with that is that the email to notify you that you got a message has a delay, and it gives you no insights into what the message is about. Nothing about who sent it, no title, no preview of what it contains (these would be nice features to add btw). Also, you only get a notification for those via email - why not in the browser add-on? So I am scared that participants would see this nondescript email from Prolific and not check what it is about. Then they get the email about the study that directly invites them (because I set the study to only their IDs) at the time the study is published (or even with a delay?) so they won’t join on time; hence, defeating the whole purpose. Also, that email about the study, I don’t know if I can edit it to have as much information as a message I would send directly through Prolific?
Any advice on how to use the Prolific system to schedule studies with participants, please?
Thank you for your time.