Publish and group multiple PollUnits with a single link
Today we introduce our new PollUnit type »Landing Page«. This type allows to create simple web pages without HTML knowledge. This page can be enriched with text, image and videos. As in our other types, you can apply your themes and logos or add an imprint.
You can add other PollUnits to a landing page and group your PollUnits of any kind.
For example, if you are using the PollUnit Poll Maker to create Photo Contests, you can link them as category to the landing page. You can also enrich every added PollUnit with text, images and videos. The PollUnits can then be accessed from the landing page. So it's enough to just share the link to the landing page.
Published at: 2022-05-10 08:56 AMPublish and group multiple ...
Improved voting in tables
Today we are getting back to you with a major refactoring. The refactoring mainly affects PollUnit types that have a tabular view. Besides simplifying our code, making it faster to maintain and develop new features, it also solves some problems and makes it easier to use. Here is a summary:
Aligning and increasing limits in all plans
With PollUnit you can run photo competitions, questionnaires, public and anonymous votes. These different types differ greatly in appearance and technical requirements. This allowed us to allow only different numbers of participants, submitters and content per type. This caused confusion in our pricing from time to time. This is now a thing of the past. All types can now handle significantly more data and the limits of the packages have been adjusted upwards. In addition, there are now even larger Enterprise packages.
It is now possible to display multi-line text input in tables - your table layout will automatically adapt to your content.
Improved mobile view
In the mobile version, a simplified navigation through the table is now possible. This makes it easier for participants of a public vote to see who voted for what.
Faster loading times
Despite the fact that now significantly more content and participants are allowed, your voting table loads much faster.
Published at: 2022-04-26 06:52 AMImproved voting in tables
Checkboxes and single select fields in tables
When using PollUnit tables for collecting user information you can predefine columns which need to be filled by your participants. The todays update added new input types. The text and number fields are supplemented by checkboxes and select fields.
This enables some new use cases. You can combine simple voting with text input and if desired make this information visible to everyone. With the selection fields you can preconfigure the possible entries and give the table another dimension. For example, canteens could create weekly menus with a selection of dishes per day.
The PollUnit tables could also be an alternative to our Survey Maker if you want to create a survey in tabular form while showing each participant in a row.
Published at: 2022-03-30 10:48 AMCheckboxes and single selec...
Free matrix and likert scale survey creator
Today we introduce a new feature for those who create online surveys. With a likert scale / matrix you can query opinions, attitudes or behavior of people. For this purpose, different answer options with graded, polarizing statements are given on a rating scale. You can ask several questions or make statements. Respondents can then choose their level of agreement or disagreement on the scale.
Likert scales, named after U.S. social researcher Rensis Likert, are particularly popular in empirical social and market research, as well as customer and personnel surveys. They reveal opinion subtleties, sectors and products with potential for improvement.
An example of such a scale is the satisfaction scale where people can rate services or products as very satisfied, satisfied, neutral, dissatisfied and very dissatisfied. PollUnit also offers ready-made scales for measuring importance, probability, agreement and frequency.
The best part is that likert scales are already included in our free plan. You can find an overview of all plans, their features and limits on our pricing page.
Published at: 2022-03-18 12:35 PMFree matrix and likert scal...
Dot Voting with Symbols
We have news for all users who uses our poll maker for Dot Voting. Dot Voting is a simple decision-making and prioritizing technique. Each individual in a group places a predefined number of dots on a list of items. The item with the most dots wins.
For a more emotional vote you can now change the dot symbol to a heart or star. The functions and the process behind the Dot Voting do not change. Basically, you create an online dot vote without dots. Or a vote with a limited number of stars or hearts.
Published at: 2022-03-05 09:29 AMDot Voting with Symbols
Embed YouTube and Vimeo videos in your surveys
Today we have a small update with a big impact for you! We have extended our text editor with the possibility to add videos.
You can use this feature in all descriptions of your PollUnits. Just click the video icon and enter the path to your YouTube or Vimeo video; done!
This feature is especially interesting if you want to create online surveys. The welcome screen as well as each step or question can contain one or more videos. This way you can get video feedback, show your participants videos before they answering questions or ask video questions. Since videos attract attention, a video survey can also increase the response rate.
Published at: 2022-01-19 12:00 PMEmbed YouTube and Vimeo vid...
Introducing »Fraud Bot« – our new artificial colleague
»Fraud Bot« is an artificial intelligence (AI) that can help you detect fraudulent participation and thus protect you from election fraud.
When PollUnit is used to conduct online elections such as club elections or board elections, the invitation function with a one-time code is usually used. This ensures that each invited person can only vote once. For votes of this type, it is usually no problem to send out invitations, since the members are known.
The situation is different if the voting members are unknown. For example, when holding a photo contest. Organizers usually want to encourage new users to participate. Often the hurdle for participants has to be weighed against fraud protection.
This is where »Fraud Bot« comes into play. It can analyze the behavior of voters, recognize multiple participations and mark them. The security settings of the PollUnit are not relevant here. Even with anonymization enabled, our AI is able to detect fraud attempts.
Even though »Fraud Bot« has already proven to be a very good sniffer in numerous polls, you should be aware of one thing: a hundred percent security cannot be achieved this way. It is technically impossible without authentication, like our previously mentioned one-time codes. But »Fraud Bot« gives you a relatively accurate impression of the fraudulent behavior of the voters. This allows you to delete suspicious votes or disqualify submissions.
Published at: 2022-01-05 12:19 AMIntroducing »Fraud Bot« – o...
Customizations for individual polls and photo contests
Today we are back with two new customization features. These give you the necessary tools to adjust the visual design of PollUnit to your company or your taste. This makes your PollUnit as individual as you and your brand.
With our new layout settings for photo contests, organizers can customize the display of the gallery and the individual images.
You can access the layout settings in the admin link by clicking on the pencil right above the images. You can define the width of the gallery and the format of the images. This includes automatic, square, portrait and landscape format.
If these settings don't go far enough, you can now create your own Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) in your themes.
CSS is a language that describes and determines the appearance of an HTML website. A Theme defines the look of your PollUnit. With the necessary technical know how you can also customize details. This includes colors, shapes, sizes of elements and fonts, hover effects and much more.
Published at: 2021-12-27 10:22 PMCustomizations for individu...
Descriptions for photos
If you use PollUnit as a Photo submission platform, we have an update for you. Our subtitle and link addon is complemented by a description addon.
Addons are additional information about images. If you activate them in the first step, all submitters will be able to fill in this information when submitting a picture. These fields are visible for all visitors of your photo contest. If you want to request information that should only be accessible to administrators, you can configure this in the »Advanced« step.
In contrast to the subtitle, which only displays short texts, the description is also suitable for very long texts with formatting such as font styles, links, lists, etc.. This allows photographers to tell their own story about their images and add more information.
Visitors can find the description in the context menu, but also in the information block of each image. In the lightbox you can toggle the description. The Lightbox is a player for images with full screen function and much more.
Published at: 2021-11-10 03:34 PMDescriptions for photos
We're improving our comment features
In PollUnit you can start a conversations, ask questions, or engage with others through comments. You can leave general comments to the PollUnit or specific comments on options and images.
Especially due to our photo contests this function became more important for many of our users. Here the comment function is used to exchange useful tips in photo reviews. But also in the idea collections thoughts, pros and cons are exchanged. So we decided to improve our commenting features.
We already released the first update. It is now possible to reply to other users comments. It's easier to have a discussion that way. But also to separate different discussions from each other.
We plan to release more comment features in the near future. These include reactions through emojis and images in comments. Are you still missing a comment or feedback function? Then don't hesitate and write us in our support forum or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published at: 2021-11-10 08:11 AMWe're improving our comment...