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Products.PloneSurvey (1.4.4)

by olena last modified 2011-05-10
Released on 2011-05-09 by Michael Davis for Plone 4.0 under GPL - GNU General Public License available for All platforms.
Software development stage: stable
Plone Survey is a simple product written to collect data from people - feedback on a course, simple data collection etc.

This package allows users to create a survey or simple form for collecting user's feedback. Surveys can be a simple single page, or a multi page survey with complex branching


Once a survey has been added, you can add questions within the survey. For a multi page survey, add a sub survey and add your questions within the sub survey. To make a survey available to users, publish the survey and the questions within it. If you want the survey to be available to anonymous users, you must select Allow Anonymous on the survey edit form.

There are several question types: Text Question, Select Question, Date Question and Matrix Question. Matrix Questions are for tabular question banks, where the matrix questions share the same answer options.

The sub surveys allow fairly simple branching based on either an option in a previous question being selected or not selected. The option to branch on more than one answer option or more than one question is not supported yet. The branching functionality should support most use cases if your survey is well designed, but it is possible to create portions of your survey that can not be completed by branching on a question that has not been presented to the user before the branch takes place.

Answers are stored with the question, so deleting a question will also remove all responses to that question. Questions can also be added after the survey is launched without compromising the survey, however users who have already completed the survey will appear to have not completed the new question.

You can reset the survey completely, which will remove all answers to all questions, or reset for particular users. There is also a permission PloneSurvey: Reset Own Responses that will allow users to reset their own responses and allow them to fill in the survey again.

Anonymous users are tracked with a cookie, so they will be unable to complete the survey more than once. However, if the anonymous user closes their browser and reopens the survey, they will be able to complete the survey as a new anonymous user. This is to support multiple user computers such as drop in computers within Libraries. The IP address is tracked, so users trying to spam the survey can be spotted within the results and these could be reset by the survey administrator.

There is also a permission, PloneSurvey: View Survey Results, to grant users access to the results of the survey. This has not been fully tested and may not work as expected.

Respondents can be categorised as one of three kinds.

  1. portal members, who must have view permission on the survey in order to be able to complete it.
  2. Anonymous users, who must have view permission, and you must have enabled the allow anonymous option on the survey.
  3. Survey respondents, who can be added using the respondents tab on the survey. This allows you to add users with a one time token to allow a closed survey to be completed by users who are not portal members.

Respondents can be added individually, or can be bulk uploaded by adding a file with an id of user_import in the import directory of your site. The format must be one user per line, and an example user_import file is in the tests/utils folder within the product. This functionality has not been fully tested and may not work with your configuration.

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