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How to create a poll?

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Let’s assume you would like to organize a Tapas dinner with some of your friends.
Open Doodles homepage give your get-together a title and create Doodle poll - it’s as simple as that


 

What’s the occasion?

Here my title already shows up: “Yummy Tapas dinner”. Let’s add a location if you already know where this happens and write some notes you like to share with the poll invitees. No location or notes yet? Just skip this fields and add it later if you like.

What are the options?

Add the dates and times which are working for you.


Would you like to add many options with different times for each day? Add them here or even easier – switch to the Week view and add your date and time options directly in a detailed calendar.


Is the poll not only about dates and times? You can also add text to your date options.

This would look in the finished poll like that.

Poll settings

To fit each and every special need, we added nice options you can choose from. Use the poll settings to define, if you want to adjust your poll.
 

Yes, no, if need be

Participants can indicate when an option is not ideal for them. It’s still possible to answer with “Yes” or “No”,  additionally “If need be” is available. Participants will hence have the option to say that the given date works not well, but he/she can maybe make it, if it’s important.
 

Limit the number of votes per option

First come, first serve. Once the limited number of spots per option are taken, the option is no longer available. Imagine you organize a workshop which is limited to 5 people. When you add “Limit per options” to 5, an option is no longer available, once five participants have chosen that particular option. It’s possible to combine this feature with all settings except for “Yes, no, if need be”.
 

Limit participants to a single vote

Participants can only select one option, multiple selection is not possible. Everyone has to decide for exactly one option or leave everything empty. The poll has radio buttons instead of checkboxes.
 

Hidden poll

Participants’ names and votes are confidential. Only the poll organizer can see your results of the poll. Instead of commenting on a poll, participants can send a message to you, the poll organizer.

Examples for combinations of settings

You can for example combine the settings Limit the number of votes per option and Limit participants to a single vote and Hidden poll.

Let’s say you’re organizing job interviews and every applicant should decide to pick one option. In this case we would recommend that you use this combination. Every applicant can only say yes to one interview date, at the same time that particular date will no longer be available for the remaining applicants. The participating applicants won’t see votes, names or other information of each other.

Tell your participants who you are

Once you invited participants to your poll, they will see your name as the organizer. Your email is needed to send you the confirmation mail with a link to manage your poll and to get all the updates and results.

Tap Finish and your poll is ready to vote on. High five!

That’s what you get

A fresh and nice poll, which is happy to take all the votes and availabilities of the participants and present them in a clear, straightforward view in purpose to let you easily decide, which option is the best.

And you’ve got a mail

Did you forgot something? No problem. Manage your poll opens your poll in the organizer mode – in which you can edit, close or even delete the poll. So please be careful with this email and don’t send it to others.

Share only the link below with everyone you like to invite to your poll.

Doodle everywhere

It’s a good idea to track your Doodle polls on the go and receive activity notifications. Download the free Doodle app and stay tuned when someone participated or commented and when the time comes to choose the final option.
 

Next step: Invite participants

It’s time to spread the word. Invite everyone you want to take part in your poll.

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