Can anyone register?
Yes, as long as you have not already registered on the site.
You can only register once.
How many times can anyone vote?
Once! That is why we ask users to register. In doing so, it insures that for a particular poll, there is only one vote per registered user. For unregistered voters, we track their vote in several ways to prevent multiple votes.
Why do I see some polls in gray?
Once a registered user has voted on a poll, the poll question is then displayed in gray to show that it has already been voted on.
What is a "view"?
Qwanz tracks how many times visitors open a poll question to read or view it; that constitutes a “view” as opposed to a vote, where someone actually voted on that particular pole.
How does the Spokesperson™ Program work?
As an Activist with an opinion you can gain points for many of your activities on Qwanz.
By interacting with your friends and participating in the Qwanz community you can become a Guru, an Authority, a Trendsetter, an Opinion Leader and even be recognized as a World Voice.
The point levels for an Activist to achieve these awards are as follows:
||Name of the level
||Number of Points required
||Qwanz Opinion Leader
||Qwanz World Voice
Points you have earned in the Spokesperson program™ can be seen in your "My Qwanz" page and are earned as follows:
- Via an email
|500 Votes reached in a poll you created
||You earn an additional 20 points
|1000 Votes reached in a poll you created
||You earn an additional 30 points
|If you are followed on Qwanz
|You get an additional point per follower
|My Qwanz Profile complete
|RMO Profile 100%
|Hot Topics add-ons
Why should I register?
We ask you to register to insure that voters are validated and that, for each poll, there is only one vote per registered user.
There are also many reasons why you should, you can:
• Vote on a poll, and have your vote taken into account in the detailed results calculations.
• Post a comment
• Get detailed statistical analysis, not just basic analysis, of who voted on a poll
• Get your own My Qwanz page allowing you to manage your profile and relationships on Qwanz
• Create a poll or create a survey
More importantly, it enables you to make your vote and opinion count on what matters to you! Remember, your opinion by itself may not be heard but with thousands of others it cannot be ignore, so register now.
Why am I being asked my age, gender and location?
Having users register these three basic characteristics enables users to remain totally anonymous while allowing Qwanz to provide a basic statistical analysis of who voted by gender, age and location, and this for all polls that have reached the required vote threshold.
Why am I being asked for more information on my profile?
When a user registers, he can complete his profile by providing more detailed information on his My Qwanz profile;
This information is confidential on the site and not visible to other users, unless the person providing it wishes it to be, by specifically marking it as such.
This information is used in the detailed statistical analysis of polls; By providing such information, a user can see results analyzed with the same criteria as those he provided.
What is basic vs. detailed statistical results?
A basic poll result shows the votes broken down by age, gender and location of the registered voters who voted. Basic poll results can be seen by all visitors who have voted, whether registered or not.
A detailed poll result can only be seen by registered users and will show poll results to a particular user, breaking down results based on the information that the user supplied on his profile.
Any field not completed in his profile will not be broken down and shown to that user, in the detailed poll analysis. For example if a user wants to see results by education level, he will have to complete that part of his own profile to see results by education level.
Are my information and votes confidential?
Yes. Users’ votes and responses are treated in strict confidentiality. Users express their opinion without giving their identity, and their opinions will always be treated statistically and anonymously.
How do I set up a poll?
Once you are registered, it takes five quick and easy steps;
Step 1: Question : Write your question as simply and directly as possible;
Do not lead voters with questions like "Don’t you agree that...", as you will not get a fair indication from the ensuing votes.
Step 2: Answers: Write your choice of answers; you can have up to 99 answers. By clicking the Yes/No box the answers will be automatically filled in as such.
You can add media, video, or links if you want; if so, just click the appropriate link and upload as required.
Step 3: About Your Poll: Here you can explain the reason why you are doing the poll and paste any article or media that supports it. You can add the image that will appear with the question part of your poll and you can also link to an article, a video or any other web page. We recommend that you disclose the source and the writer of an article or the originator of a video, so that users can link back to it if they wish to.
This area explains what prompted you to create this poll, i.e. an idea you had and wished to express, an article that was published and about which you feel strongly, a statement that was made by a personality, etc.
Step 4: Categorize and Tag Your Poll: In Tags, you can add the key words that define your poll and its subject; These will be the words that will help users find your poll when they search by key word.
You also must select the category under which your poll will be found. You can mark one category only.
Step 5: Poll Preference: Finally, you can select how long you want your poll to be active and decide if this should be a public or private poll, one seen by everyone or a restricted one only available to users to whom you give a pass code. (See Private vs. public poll for more information) .
You can also select to make this poll a Registered Only poll, where voters will have to be registered to be able to vote and see results.
At any time, you can save the creation of this poll and go back to it later, or just save it for later publication; Just go to your My Qwanz page and you can reopen and continue or publish the saved poll.
Once ready, just click the Preview Your Poll button. You will be able to review it and edit it if needed or just publish it.
Once published a poll cannot be changed.
What is the difference between a poll and a survey?
A poll may be made up of several answers but always only answers one question.
Qwanz also gives users the tools to link several independent questions that may pertain to a same subject, thereby allowing them to be grouped into a survey.
There is a limit of 100 polls as to the number of polls that make up a survey; any poll that is part of a survey is marked accordingly.
What is the difference between a public and a private poll?
Public Polls are seen by all and available to all, but private polls are polls that are not seen by the general public and are intended to be viewed by the poller’s selected list of recipients. A pass code key is created by the person setting the poll up and must be used by all those invited to view or answer the poll.
What is a minimum voting threshold?
While expert statisticians argue that a relatively small number of votes are required to make a poll representative, Qwanz reserves the right to make the number of votes required much higher before Qwanz will show any statistical analysis.
If the minimum voting threshold has not been reach, a notice stating so will appear ” Minimum voting Threshold not reached” . During the beta launch of the site, detailed results will be available without limitations.
Are these polls statistically meaningful?
Qwanz is very different from traditional polls or surveys; it in fact uses an opposite approach to those used by traditional polling organizations.
A traditional poll seeks a representative sample randomly selected among a set population; these participants are then asked their opinion on an issue. But if you are not selected within this sample, and you are not statistically likely to be, you have no way of giving your opinion.
Further, a users’ participation in a traditional polls is passive; He is selected to respond to a subject that may or may not be of any interest to him
Qwanz uses the reverse approach; it lets you select what you want to hear people’s opinion on; it also lets you select what you want to answer or where you want to give your opinion.
Qwanz’s goal is not necessarily to offer traditional polling but rather to use polling tools as a means to allow individual users to question certain assertions, ideas or opinions.
As a result, Qwanz makes no claim that its public polls constitute a representative sampling in a particular marketplace. This is a major difference from traditional polling organizations.
What Qwanz does, is to let users give their opinion on a proactive and voluntary basis; Contrary to traditional polls, their participation is based on their interest in the subject being polled.
Qwanz offers a set of tools that follow the web’s true philosophy where anyone can be heard. It also goes a step further and allows for the forwarding of those opinions to the people that matter.
Traditional survey organizations are interested in polling the subject of interest to them or their client. For that, they seek a randomly selected sample of respondents that they hope will represent a fair sampling of the marketplace.
But since you, the user, set up you own poll, and the public chooses to answer it, the results are much closer to a targeted public expression, by those interested in a subject matter, rather than a public opinion.
How do I find a poll?
There are two ways to find subjects of interest to you;
Just enter the key words that best reflect what you are looking for. As an example, “Obama”, and any poll with such key word, will come up.
You can also go into the particular area of interest; Say Lifestyle or Sports and look at the most recent polls posted. You can also select to search the most recent ones, those with the most comments, or just the most popular.
Can I filter my searches?
Yes, you can not only search by key word, but you can also see the polls with the most votes, comments or the most popular.
How do I Qwanzit! or forward polls and results to someone?
Qwanzit! allows users to send the results of their opinions poll to those involved. Actually, Qwanz does not send them, the public does. Qwanz just gives them the tools to do so.
Remember decisions makers are concerned with the issues on which people voted; whether they are political or government leaders, corporate executives, academics, specialists on a particular subject or entertainment and sport personalities.
For example, in the case of corporations: Say you did a survey about services in the Airline Industry; you picked four or five industry leaders and you compared their products and services; the results may favor or speak poorly of a particular company;
You will be able to twitter those results to a particular company by placing @ and the company name.
These companies will see the results and decide to respond or not; it is their choice;
If asked, Qwanz will give them a secured or verified access so that they may post their response.
Their response may in itself be news and a direct result of the poll you may have initiated or to which you responded. In other words, you can make the news.
Remember, companies are concerned about their public image, your reactions and your expectations; this will most likely bring them to respond and act.
An individual action or comment may not spur action but the notification that hundreds or maybe thousand of potential clients feel a certain way, will certainly do so.
From a company’s point of view this is also a great benefit; Management wants to know what people think on a number of issues in which they are themselves involved: product or service acceptance, health, safety, environment, relationship with the consumer, etc. They also need an outlet to explain their strategy and to have their reasoning or approach better understood.
In the case of a public figure it works in a similar fashion; if you select someone in politics for example, you just post your poll, collect the results and send them on directly from the site.
As a courtesy to the personalities involved and to avoid spamming, Qwanz automatically restricts the sending of a particular poll result, to a particular recipient, to a maximum of once every 24 hours. We do however notify the recipient how many people have sent a particular poll finding in a day.
Here again,an elected official may want to answer on Qwanz. We provide them with the tools to do so.
In this case, Qwanz goes one step further by providing users with a list of Elected Officials as well of some of the main Federal, State and Local government agencies and their contact information.
Qwanz has secured links to participating elected officials in the US Senate and Congress to allow the sending of poll results to individual Senators or Congressman.
Again, to avoid spamming, Qwanz only allows the sending of a particular poll result to participating elected officials, a maximum of once every 24 hours.
That way, you can choose to send the results of your poll or of a poll of interest to you, to the party involved in a particular committee or legislation. You get your voice and the voice of those who voted on the poll heard by the decision makers.
In the case of the Press, there are two ways information is likely to be returned to the Press community at large.
One is the case where an article was referred to as the premise of the poll and the poll results invalidate or confirm the articles’ findings; you can then send back the results of that poll to the journalist who posted the article online or to his editor if their contact information is provided.
Another way is for users to select the name of an editor or journalist by using Qwanz’s listing of Press contacts, as Qwanz also provides a list of contact for some of the major newspapers and magazines available in the United States.
Members of the Press may also want to answer on Qwanz. We provide them with the tools to do so.
If a user finds poll results that he wants to send to friends and family or if he does a poll that is really for the benefit of friends and members of his family, maybe even as a result of a private poll, he can simply do so by forwarding them on.
What is "share" your Poll?
You can send your friends the link to the poll page via email or using most popular social-networking websites such as Facebook or Twitter using the dedicated buttons within the poll page. Please click "ShareThis" link, select the option you want and spread the word to everyone you know!
How do I embed a poll or a survey?
You can embed a poll by simply selecting the poll, clicking the Embed button,
selecting and copying the code and pasting it in your own blog or site; it’s
You can even customize the way the poll will look on your site by selecting
the font color, the background color and customizing the size of the poll box.
Finally you can elect to show results on a percentage basis only, or as
percentages with the number of votes for each answer included.
Embedding surveys works in exactly the same way; just select the survey from
the surveys available on the bottom navigation under All Survey Widgets or
select a Survey from the Featured Surveys page available in you’re my Qwanz
Page, the home page and the bottom navigation section.
You can Preview a survey and embed it by clicking Embed Survey; You can the
also customize it as you would when you embed a single poll.
Surveys can vary in their duration, the number of polls in each and the
topics they cover.
Any survey selected from the Featured Surveys page are auto updated by Qwanz when
they have reached the end of their duration period.
How does RSS feed works?
Please click on RSS Icon to subscribe to our RSS feed. You can subscribe either to all polls, or to polls from certain category (say Arts & Entertainment) or subcategory (Music).
If you add the feed to your news feed aggregator software (FeedBurner or Google Reader), you will be being provided with recent information about new polls regularly.
How do I unsubscribe?
It is easy to do; You can either unsubscribe from a particular poll thread of comments, or from all notifications at the bottom of any notification you may have received. Or, to manage your Subscriptions and E-Mail notifications notifications on the site, just go to your My Qwanz page, at the top right of your Qwanz Screen and click on
My Subscriptions & E-Mail Mgmt. on the left hand side. There, you can select the frequency of notifications for both comments and Notifications. You can receive notifications for Comments: on every comment, or a daily or weekly summary or you can unsubscribe. You can also select the frequency of the newsletters and receive them as a Weekly Forecast- sent at the beginning of the Week or a Weekly Recap - sent at the end of the week, or both, or you can unsubscribe from all Newsletters.
If you want to be removed from the site altogether, just set the Comment Notifications to Unsubscribe and the Newsletters to Unsubscribe. That will remove you from the site and you will no longer receive notifications or mails from us; please note that any polls or comments that you may have created will remain on the site.