Voting with private comments
Today we want to share a discussion we had with Michael O'Byrne who uses PollUnit for judging images. Particularly important in his case is a voting that is as uninfluenced / unbiased as possible. We believe that his requirements for PollUnit should also be of interest to many of you. Therefore we want to share them with you:
»In many cases, comments are a useful means of interaction and exchange of ideas. However, in any poll or survey where you are trying to rate an image or an idea, it is counterproductive to let your audience see the comments from others before they make their choice. [...]
Any one who expresses an opinion or gives information (that may be false, intentionally or not) will affect the outcome of the poll. In judging images, if a previous comment states »This is the best image by far«, that will result in other members rating it higher. Most people want to be agreeable. More so if the person who made the first comment is identified and is considered skilled or popular.«
This is why we integrated the »Private comment« feature. Once private comments are activated only the content owner, the comment creator and the admin can see comments. If a content owner answers a comment, it will also be visible to the creator of the answered comment.
In the advanced step when using the poll maker you can check »Private comments« in the »Allow comments« section. As an admin you can change this setting at any time. For example you can make comments visible after the voting is complete.
When we asked Michael if we could quote him for this blogpost, he gave us something else along the way. We are very happy about that!
»You can also share with them my opinion that your customer support has been outstanding.«
Published at: 2022-10-25 09:41 AM