Arantor

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Poll enhancements
« on May 30th, 2013, 02:19 AM »
So I got to thinking today about polls, since I made one, don't do that often enough haahaha.

OK, so here's what I have in mind about improving them. Not saying that all of these *are* going in but this is what's on my mind for them.

* Allowing admin to set the maximum number of poll answers (currently no limit)
* Fixing the bug where way too many answers can cause issues
* Option to display the choices randomly to people viewing the poll (because people have a tendency to pick the first one), though the order would remain consistent for viewing results
* Multiple questions per poll
* Voting with points rather than individual votes (e.g. having 5 points to distribute between 3 answers)
* Pie charts as an optional display type (may or may not use the chart code I had before, dunno)

Thoughts?
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xrunner

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Re: Poll enhancements
« Reply #1, on May 30th, 2013, 02:35 AM »
Quote from Arantor on May 30th, 2013, 02:19 AM
Thoughts?
Yes.
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* Allowing admin to set the maximum number of poll answers (currently no limit)
Not sure when I'd use it but it falls into the category of " the more tools the better".
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* Fixing the bug where way too many answers can cause issues
Comment unnecessary :).
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* Option to display the choices randomly to people viewing the poll (because people have a tendency to pick the first one), though the order would remain consistent for viewing results
Very cool idea. +1
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* Multiple questions per poll
This sounds a bit like a survey.

Thinking about Beer, what is your rating of the following brews on a scale from 1 to 10?

1. Guinness
2. Dos Equis
3. Killian's Irish Red
4. Coors

Now thinking about the cost, what is the maximum you would pay for a six pack?

1. $5
2. $6
3. $7
4.  >$8

You know there was (is ?) a survey app that you used to be able to install in Cpanel. I used it for a while years ago for surveys that we put together. But in addition to polls what about surveys from within the forum? :hmm:
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* Voting with points rather than individual votes (e.g. having 5 points to distribute between 3 answers)
Why not?
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* Pie charts as an optional display type (may or may not use the chart code I had before, dunno)
Again, nice to have as it presents an area to the eye rather than bland numbers.


Arantor

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Re: Poll enhancements
« Reply #2, on May 30th, 2013, 02:39 AM »
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But in addition to polls what about surveys from within the forum? :hmm:
Well... if you can have multiple polls per topic, where people can vote for multiple answers or score things, and the admin can see who voted what... don't you already have that ;)

xrunner

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Re: Poll enhancements
« Reply #3, on May 30th, 2013, 02:50 AM »
LimeSurvey - I went back and checked.
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But in addition to polls what about surveys from within the forum? :hmm:
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Quote from Arantor on May 30th, 2013, 02:39 AM
Well... if you can have multiple polls per topic, where people can vote for multiple answers or score things, and the admin can see who voted what... don't you already have that ;)
You're probably right (as usual) but I thought a survey gathered the data together in a final presentation. It is a bit much for two or three questions I'll admit.

As you said it would be useful though, at any rate. :)

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Re: Poll enhancements
« Reply #4, on May 30th, 2013, 02:51 AM »
Pulling a proper set of results from a survey is definitely plugin scope, but if the core has the information already, it's no big deal to do anything else after that.

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Re: Poll enhancements
« Reply #5, on May 30th, 2013, 07:45 PM »
Quote from Arantor on May 30th, 2013, 02:19 AM
* Multiple questions per poll
I'm confused - does this mean more than one poll per post?
Quote from Arantor on May 30th, 2013, 02:19 AM
* Voting with points rather than individual votes (e.g. having 5 points to distribute between 3 answers)
We use these, it's a plugin. Actually, thinking about it I'm the only one who does, so maybe the interface is a bit complex?

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Re: Poll enhancements
« Reply #6, on May 30th, 2013, 07:49 PM »
Yes, multiple polls per post. Other systems offer this.

As far as using points, I think it's a bit of a niche thing, however when you think about it, the only real difference between it and normal voting is essentially just one of interface.

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Re: Poll enhancements
« Reply #7, on May 30th, 2013, 08:32 PM »
Thinking about it more, even I don't understand it! Each month I run a points-poll and I have it written down what numbers go where to set it correctly.