Open-ended question

The audience responds to the question with a written answer. Just like multiple choice polls, open-ended questions can receive responses via SMS text message, web and mobile app. Responses can be displayed in four different ways, listed below. You can freely switch between the different response visualizations in the Visual Settings of your poll.

On certain paid plans you can use Moderation to manage which responses are displayed.

Word cloud: This is a fun way to visualize one-word responses. The word cloud will build and shift in real time as audience responses are repeated. The most frequent responses will appear large in the middle of the word cloud.

Word Cloud

Keep in mind that multi-word reposes will be separated in the word cloud. The word cloud will leave out extremely common words like pronouns, articles, and some adverbs to make for a clean, informative visualization.

Text wall: The text wall is great for accepting all types of open-ended responses. New audience submissions will appear one at a time at the top of the poll. As more responses come in, older responses will be pushed down. Once the poll has reached the end of the new responses, the older responses will loop back around to the top and the visualization will start again. Text wall responses can have a maximum length of 500 characters.

Text Wall

Cluster: The cluster display is similar to the text wall, but instead of arriving one line at a time, responses cluster together and fill the display. The responses will shift to display as many as possible. Older responses will slowly be pushed down to make way for new responses. Like text walls, clusters can accept response lengths up to 500 characters.


Ticker: A ticker will display responses as a horizontal ticker scroll across the screen. Once the ticker has reached the end it will start over again from the first response. Tickers can accept responses up to 500 characters in length.



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