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Alternatives to poll feature

Hi everyone,

Today, I was setting up the poll feature within our community and I'm pretty disappointed in the lack of functionality. 😥 Users can only vote for one option, the HTML options are broken, the poll can really only go in the sidebar, you can't limit the poll to certain roles, etc. There's a lot that could be done with this feature, but I imagine not a lot of people are using it as I don't see too many convos here about it. 

What do you use for polls within the community?



Lili McDonald
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Agree that the polls feature is awful. I took a quick look once, realized it was completely un-loved, and never looked again.

We don't really do polls, but when we need to do surveys we embed Google forms in blog posts. I imagine other people have better solutions :-).

Yes, unloved is a good description @CarolineS.

We used it early in our community's life, then dumped it when we did our mobile-focused responsive redesign. I would like to revive it as they can be a great easy way for people to participate on the site. But I would much rather they could be embedded in discussions. 





Same. In the middle of JX to Khoros migration right now. I have a weekly poll in our current community - it's kind of a tent pole poll between other regular content pieces I use in the community. For my community, the poll is a good conversation starter. When we were deciding on which platform to move to, I always asked the question, "Is there a poll feature?" I should have been asking, "How good is your poll feature?"

I'm looking for options to keep the tradition going past migration. There does not seem to be a staright forward answer. 

Hi @CarolineS! I'm interested in embedding Google forms into a community post. When you do this, is it simply a hyperlink where users need to leave the Community to complete and submit the form? or is the form embedded, so you don't need to leave the community to complete the form and submit? 

Hope this makes sense - thank you!!

Hi! You can do it as an embedded form if you want! The person who is doing the embedding will need "Allow user to use advanced HTML" permissions.

I made a handy dandy document about embedding google forms for my community, happy to share it here: see attached.

Amazing! Thanks @CarolineS this is a huge help. 

Subscribing. We also feel polls are a great conversation starter in threads, and are disappointed by the lack of functionality for polls in Khoros. 

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