Feat request: multiple 'collectors'

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Lisa Fast

10 May, 2012 07:28 PM


This feature request is to someday have multiple 'collectors' (that's what they are called in SurveyMonkey) for a study. Here's what I'm trying to solve
- in many of our studies, we put the invitation to participate in the study on several landing pages on the site or on the home page of several subsites - I'd love to be able to filter the results by where they came from - did they come from the subsite page or the home page, this landing page or that one. This is because I'm hypothesizing different responses based on where they usually land. Just need a different link to provide to them, and then use the links as if they are answers to questions on the Participants filtering page.

I know I could create duplicate studies, but it's REALLY hard to merge all the data.Yes, it would be pretty easy to merge across studies to just get success rates, but incorrect selections are really useful, and I can't merge across those.
I know I could also ASK the user and filter on their answer, but we all know that every question you ask raises the risk of abandonment, especially when it's something they think you should know...


  1. 2 Posted by William on 10 May, 2012 09:24 PM

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    Hi Lisa,

    This is a bit of a workaround, as we don't have collection point analysis built into our system properly, but it might help anyway.

    We have a system for handling tokens passed in by participant panels, which we've detailed here. The section of interest to you is the first part, "Passing an identifying string to your survey".

    If you set up each of your collection points to use a different "token", you'll be able to tell where your results come from when you look at your results.

    In testing this feature to see if it would work for you, though, I've discovered that the filtering system in the results interface doesn't currently handle this token field; you can, however, still sort the table by it. All this means is you'll have to select your participants manually to filter them and view each set of results.

    If you're planning to have a lot of participants this might be a bit troublesome for you. If this is the case, let me know and I'll see how quickly we can get a fix out for you.

  2. 3 Posted by Lisa Fast on 10 May, 2012 09:52 PM

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    Hi William,

    That could work Š except for the filtering by hand. We are anticipating
    hundreds of participants. Although I could turn them on and off on
    different days or something to accommodate it. This is definitely a
    feature we would use in the future as well, and you are right, the token
    is a great way to work this.

    We expect it to go live late next week or early the following week
    (between 18th and 22nd) - so if there is time for a fix, it would be

    Thanks, Lisa

  3. William closed this discussion on 29 May, 2012 11:38 PM.

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