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  1. Option to show real-time poll results on audience devices after a web poll vote is placed

    After a web poll link is used, show the voter the real time results and keep refreshing the page like a gamecast app/page does, so the voter can see the real-time results of the poll they just participated in.

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      under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Better handling of numeric answers

      when numerical answers are required, display a histogram of the distribution of responses, so lecturer can see roughly how many get close to the right answer, and how many are far off.

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        26 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hi William,

        Thanks for using Poll Everywhere and providing feedback!

        This is an interesting idea, but it’d take quite a bit of development time away from other features we’re currently working on. I’m not an educator, but as I think through this, I wonder in how many situations this would be helpful. My concern is that when numeric answers are concerned, they aren’t often always close. For example, if students are solving a problem using a formula, they could get the formula aspect slightly wrong and get an absurd answer, even if they were just one step off. I guess my expectation is that we’d often find that answers that should receive more credit could be further from the right answer and vice-versa.

      • Display Answers to Multiple Questions

        Allow the ability to poll for question 1, then poll for question 2, and then display the answers to questions 1 & 2 next to each other.

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          15 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Are you asking the same question twice as sort of a before/after comparison or are these two completely different questions you want to display?

          I ask because we are beginning work on a before/after comparison display to show how your audience has change (or not) since the first time you asked them something.

          If you are thinking of two separate questions, could you go into some more detail of what you are trying to display next to each other any why? It’ll really help us get a good idea of what we can do to help

        • Create a "MATRIX" poll

          Please create a matrix poll: You ask a question, have several items for which the quesiton should be answered individually in separate rows, and then have a predefined set of possible answers, where the user is asked to respond in each row. It would be perfect if you can define, how many answers are allowed in each row. This matrix could be used for ratings (e.g. "rate these 5 presentations on scale 1 to 10" with 10 different answer options; "rate these 5 movies on a scale from "poor" - "okay" - "nice" - "great") or other questions like "how…

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            under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Auto toggle of "show/hide" with timer

            I love the timer feature, how you can set a poll to automatically lock when the timer runs out. It would be GREAT to have the poll show/hide toggle also when the timer runs out, at the same time as the lock toggle. I use poll everywhere in my lectures and I want students to be able to answer a question without seeing the other students' answers. Then once the timer runs out the poll should lock and automatically show the results.

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              1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • When I advance past an embedded poll in PowerPoint, deactivate the poll

              Basically what the title says - it's really slick that a poll activates as soon as I move to its slide in PowerPoint, but when I advance to the next slide after the poll, the poll remains active and people may still be responding. I'd like to see it where it's only active while the poll's slide is being presented.

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                1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                This is a tough one. We’ve had a couple other folks ask for this as well. There’s a couple reasons we’ve been reluctant to make this change
                - first, we really want to make sure that the audience is able to reply. Getting that feedback is the core part of our service so we try to be more lenient in that direction vs. harder time restrictions
                - second, it’s fairly common (and easy) for presenters to accidentally skip forward a slide and then go back. And, we don’t want to

                Those are the two big ones. We could add a toggle to switch whether we default to de-activate when you leave a poll slide. However, it’s a lot more complexity and a bit risky for us to maintain two different versions for how Activation works since it is such a core part of our entire workflow.

                So, it’s certainly not…

              • Timed/scheduled activation of a poll

                I'd like the ability to push a scheduled poll to my dedicated page
                without the question being visible until the poll actually starts.
                Currently the question is visible, the users just cannot submit a response
                yet until the start time has been reached.

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                  under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Sub-users can be a member of multiple groups

                  Hi there,
                  We would like it if sub-users can be a part of more than one group. We have some faculty who teach graduate and undergraduate classes, and need to copy polls from other undergrad and graduate faculty. Currently users can only be a part of one group. Can you please change this so that users can be a part of multiple groups simultaneously?

                  Thanks,
                  Kevin

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                    4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    This is something we are seriously considering. We are looking into a lot of different options to handle roles, permissions, and team structures within the application for our larger customers. It is a pretty significant project and we’ve only just begun some initial user research into what this might take.

                    If you are interested in providing feedback for sharing/copying/collaborating on polls with other people at your organization → we plan on performing user interviews in early 2018. Send us an email to support@polleverywhere.com and we will add you to our interview candidate pool.

                    Otherwise, please feel free to share any specific cases or problems you’re seeing here. I’ll route them to our user research team

                    Thanks for the feedback!

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                      under review  ·  6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • "Presenter View" support in PowerPoint

                      Is there any way to support presenter view in PowerPoint? I'd love to be able to see one slide ahead instead of just mirroring my presentation when I have my laptop plugged into the projector. Currently the polls display but not in the correct location on the slide...they will be off center or even overlayed on the presenter view screen instead of on the slideshow.
                      Thanks!

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                        8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Well, this is tough. Presenter View is not specifically supported, however we do usually work with it. We do have a workaround setting that we can apply if you are using PowerPoint for Mac. If that’s the case, please contact us at support@polleverywhere.com and we can walk you through our “Force Monitor” feature.

                        Unfortunately, we do not currently have a similar workaround for Windows. I opened a request with our Windows Slideware team to investigate if there’s something we could do as a workaround in the short-term. Otherwise, Microsoft does not have Presenter View available in the API (integration format) that we use. So, for us to fully with Presenter View we’ll need to do some reverse engineering to figure out what kind of math the Microsoft engineers are using here. Which is just tough for us.

                        I’ll see what the team thinks and try to get another update on…

                      • Multiple Correct Answers in a Poll (Only allow 1 response per poll choice)

                        Allow multiple correct answers in a poll, without allowing multiple votes for the same answer.

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                          5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          We have begun working on the feature. You can actually try it out right now to see a bit of how it works!

                          Go to Settings > Labs > and click the box for “Disable duplicate responses”
                          You can also just go to this linK: https://www.polleverywhere.com/labs

                          You will then have a setting on your Multiple Choice Polls that will prevent your participants from submitting the same response multiple times when you allow multiple votes.

                          Note: currently, this beta feature only works for web responses from pollev.com. We are working on the SMS and Twitter aspects next.

                          Let us know what you think!

                        • Ability to submit an image as a response to an open ended poll question.

                          Users would like the ability to respond to a poll with an image. I think this could be best accomplished on an open ended poll question. This could function similar to the response option fields when creating a multiple choice poll, giving the participant the ability to paste the URL of an image or upload an image from their device.

                          One big catch: This should not work with word cloud poll type.

                          18 votes
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                          • Scale & 100 point questions

                            I had to go with www.mentimeter.com for a conference due to not having the question types of scales and 100 points. You guys should check those 2 types out and add them to poll everywhere.

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                            • Ability to log me out on all devices

                              If I log in on someone elses device - whether in the browser, PowerPoint, etc. - and forget to log out, I'd like the ability to log myself out of anywhere I'm logged in. This would improve data privacy/security as I could remove access to see my polls, and ensure that others aren't using my login for their own purposes.

                              This would be similar to Spotify's "Log out of everywhere" option, or Google's "Log out of all sessions" ability.

                              example: https://support.spotify.com/us/account_payment_help/account_basics/can-i-sign-out-of-my-account-if-im-signed-in-on-another-device/

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                              • I would like to leave the poll up for longer than 30 days without inactivity.

                                We use Poll Everywhere as our district wide text a tip line. As you know, if the poll is inactive for 30 days, the poll shuts off. Is there a way for you to set it so it stays on ALWAYS. we need the poll to never shut off. If I forget to check it at 30 days to make sure it's on, it will shut off, and we have instituted this to help with the health and safety of our student body.

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                                • Nested groups of polls

                                  I hear this is in the works, but being able to have groups of polls INSIDE other group would make managing hundreds of polls much easier to navigate and deal with. THANKS!!

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                                    7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow group members to clear response data

                                    In academic uses of Poll Everywhere, a lot of instructors have teaching assistants who help them to collaborate and share polls. We use the "groups" feature for this but one thing that TAs do not have access to do with grouped polls that they did not create is clear response data. This would be a great setting, for example, "Allow group members to clear response data for this poll" to enable for groups.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      I understand completely. Yes. These sorts of Permissions and Collaboration features are really important and can also get complicated for us. The largest issue is just that it varies from presenter to presenter as to whether they want to allow others to do things like Clear Results.

                                      For now, we are defaulting to prevent other users on the account from clearing or performing any other permanent/destructive actions on another person’s polls.

                                      We have a few different initiatives in progress that should hopefully begin to address these sorts of issues, however introducing a more complex permissions system is a long project for us.

                                      So, please stay tuned and thank you very much for the suggestion! We appreciate it and will do our best to post here and keep you all updated as we build more toward a multi-user and collaborative world.

                                    • Unlink title font size from logo size

                                      It's great that I can upload a logo to a slide, but if I want to change the size of the logo to be small and unobtrusive, I have to also change the size of the font. So either I have a logo the size I want, but small title text, or the font size I want with a big ol' logo image. It would be nice if the logo size and font size weren't linked.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        I’m sorry about the trouble you’ve had with the text sizing. I can empathize with you entirely. Text sizing is just one of those subtly tricky things.

                                        We’ve had this request before and it is something we’ll definitely look into how we can accomplish. There are some workarounds that you can do with the image itself that you are uploading as a logo. Where we can add some “whitespace” around it to appropriately size. However, that is a somewhat tedious process.

                                        Another thing that I’ve seen done as a workaround is to upload a Background Image with your logo in the corner and the rest just a white background. That can sometimes cause text to cover the logo but with proper placement and spacing/alignment you can maneuver around that.

                                        Thank you for the suggestion and bringing this up. We’ll post here as we make progress on these sorts of customization…

                                      • Account Delegation for Poll Execution

                                        We often have classes that utilize multiple professors. They would like to be able to share polls, powerpoint slide decks, and class data more easily for a single class. Account delegation for at least poll execution rights would probably be able to solve this use-case completely.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          We are still very early in the project, however we have begun working on ways to allow one person to create a poll → share it with one or more other presenters on their account → and allow those other presents to present and receive responses (but not edit) those poll questions.

                                          We’ll post more here as we get further in the project and more details.

                                        • Sign in to polleverywhere with Google

                                          Have you considered allowing sign-in with Google? Next year our school will not allow us to use sites the necessitate login if they don't have sign-in with Google. We are concerned about students being asked to have too many logins between 8 teachers.

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                                            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Well, it’s still planned for us to do but it’s been pushed back to make way for more team competition related features and an improved asynchronous polling method for quizzes and feedback outside of the class/presentation.

                                            We have included a quick Recent Presentations list that will help students and participants switch between presentations faster. You can read a little about that here: http://www.polleverywhere.com/blog/new-for-2016-updates-on-your-poll-everywhere-account/

                                            We have also added a way to import all of your students with Blackboard and Canvas LMS. So, they can log in with their Blackboard or Canvas emails.

                                            Google SSO is still planned but is not going to be tackled until at least this fall 2016

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