Best way to count online ballots with numerous writeup answers?
April 1, 2008 7:25 AM Subscribe
You know those "Best of" surveys that run in most alt weeklies? We've done online versions of them and its always been problematic, so we're looknig for better suggestions on how to do it.
posted by Brandon Blatcher to technology (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The main problem seems to be is that ballots are "write in" meaning people type in their answer. So for "Best Sushi" the user has to write in "Takashi's Sushi Bar" or some such.
The problem starts here because not everyone can spell Takashi, or not everyone uses the aprostrophe S or some people write in the full name, while others write in just "Takashi". So for that one quesion, we can have numerous answers which the computer, yet in human terms are one and the same.
How can this be avoided, using off the self software? There's probaly not a perfect solution, but there's got to be something better than just having a person go through and manually count the digital ballots. We've used phpQ before and looking at SurveyMonkey, but they both have this fault. Can you suggest other survey software? Perhaps something that displays a pop menu of answers that have already been submitted, so can the user can pick from that list without having to type? and lets an admin go into the back and collate votes on a per question basis?