Crowdsourcing creates a submission when a user correctly fills out a survey and submits the form. A submission is comprised of 0 or more answers.
Each submission is associated with exactly one survey.
If the person filling out the survey is logged in, crowdsourcing will set this field regardless of whether or not log in is required for the survey.
If the survey does not require logged in users and does not allow multiple submissions, crowdsourcing uses the ip address to stop multiple submissions. In all cases, it is also recorded for any forensic value it might have. Crowdsourcing pulls the ip address from the http request, and attempts to honor the X-Forwarded-For header added by many proxies; however, it is still possible multiple users behind a router could have the same ip address, or that the ip address is spoofed or otherwise inaccurate, so don’t consider the values stored here as definitive.
This time reflects the time zone of the server that received the request, not the time zone of the user.
This flag is useful for featuring specific submissions. How featured submissions are displayed exactly is particular to your site.
You set this flag manually in the admin. Only public submissions appear on the site. This includes charts and graphs like maps and pie charts. Surveys have a “moderate submissions” field which determines the default “is public” value. Moderated surveys have not public submissions which may be switched to public. Not moderated surveys have public submissions which may be switched to not public.
An answer is a single answer to a specific question. A submission is made up of answers. Answers appear in the admin as a list under their submission. You may notice that an answer has several fields, most of which remain empty. This is because Crowdsourcing uses different fields depending on the type of question.
Why is that?
Databases are much faster at perfoming mathematical operations like average and sum on numeric columns. If you have a question like, “How much did your car cost?” and you want to display the average cost, it makes the most sense to place those answers in a numeric database column. On the other hand, you may have questions like, “What was your first car like?” which clearly require a text answer.
This field is used for any question that is best recorded as text, e.g. “What’s your address?”
This column is used for whole numbers.
This column is used for decimals. Any integer answer will also be recorded as a float answer and visa versa. This is in case someone changes the type of question between integer and float.
i.e. true / false questions.
This will be the path to the file that the user uploaded.
In degrees between -90 and 90.
In degrees between -90 and 90.
If you set up crowdsourcing to work with Flickr, you associate a survey with a Flickr group, and a user uploads a photo, this field will contain the id that Flickr uses to identify the photo. This is an advanced field that you should never need to fix manually.
A survey is a set of options and a list of questions.
The title appears at the top whenever crowdsourcing displays surveys or their results.
The slug is used to build urls. Every survey must have a new unique slug.
The tease may be used to briefly describe the survey.
The description appears after the title on detail pages.
When a user submits an entry they will either be redirected to the results, or will be shown this thanks message, whichever is appropriate.
When set, only logged in users can enter this survey.
Allow multiple submissions
If you don’t allow multiple submissions and don’t require login, then Crowdsourcing will use the ip address of users who are not logged in to block multiple submissions.
If you choose to moderate submissions then every submission will start out as not public for this survey.
Can users comment on other users’ submissions?
Similarly, can users vote on other users’ submissions?
At what point will Crowdsourcing make the results public?
When will users be allowed to enter this survey?
When will users stop being allowed to enter this survey?
Crowdsourcing only displays the entry form and results for published surveys.
Send a notification to these e-mail addresses whenever someone submits an entry to this survey. Comma delimited.
What site is this survey associated with?
Flickr group name
Use the exact group name from flickr.com. If you use this field, then all images uploaded to this survey will also be uploaded to the specified group on Flickr.
Survey reports describe how you should display the results of a survey. If you specify a default report then Crowdsourcing will use that report to display the results of a survey unless they request a specific different report. You request specific reports by using the urls pattern http://yoursite.com/crowdsourcing/survey-slug/survey-report-slug/. If you don’t specify a default report then Crowdsourcing will use its default behavior.
The default report behavior is to display the filters and individual results. It creates one pie chart for every choice type question, and one map for every location text box question.
A survey contains a list of questions. Drop Down List, Radio Button List, Numeric Drop Down List, Numeric Radio Button List, and Checkbox questions are choice type questions. These are useful as categories.
The fieldname is a single-word identifier used to track a question. It must begin with a letter and may contain alphanumerics and underscores (no spaces). Fieldnames must be unique within a survey, but you can reuse the same fieldname in different surveys.
The question appears on the survey entry form. You might use, “How much did your first car cost?”
The label, on the other hand, appears on report pages. You might use, “My first car cost this much”
The help text appears below the question on the survey entry form. Use it to clarify what your question means or to give further instructions.
Is an answer to this question required?
This must be an whole number. Crowdsourcing will sort questions by this field when deciding what order to display questions in.
What type of question is this?
All choice type questions requre a list of options. Put each option on its own line. For Numeric Drop Down List and Numeric Radio Button List questions every option must be a number. You can use a mix of decimals and whole numbers.
Lets say you want to display your users’ submissions on a map and use different map icons depending on the user. You will need to include a choice type question. For each option include a corresponding map icon url. For example, you could have a Drop Down List question with the options Pigs, Cows, and Hens. Then you could create pig, cow, and hen icons and place them on your server at /images/pig.png, /images/cow.png, and /images/hen.png. You would place those urls separated by lines in the map icons field. You may be tempted to put your Map icons in your Location Text Box question, but this is incorrect.
Answer is public
Questions whose answers are not public will not display anywhere in Crowdsourcing. Staff members can still access these answers in the admin. You would likely not make an e-mail question public for example.
Use as filter
On a survey report you have the option to display filters. Different questions display as different kinds of filters. On survey reports that use filters, this flag determines whether or not to display a filter for this question. Not all questions make sense as filters. For example, Crowdsourcing ignores this flag for Photo Upload questions. We cover filters in more depth later.
Survey reports describe how you would like to display the results for your survey. Survey reports are a collection of options and optionally a list of Survey Report Displays.
You associate a survey report with a single survey.
The title displays on the survey report page. If you leave this field blank, crowdsourcing will use the survey title.
You may reuse slugs so long as the same survey has only one survey report per slug. Slugs are used to build urls that display specific surveys using specific reports, e.g., http://yoursite.com/crowdsourcing/survey-slug/survey-report-slug/.
The summary displays on the survey report page below the title. You can use html. If you leave this field blank, crowdsourcing will use the survey description. If that is blank, crowdsourcing will use the survey tease as a last result.
Sort by rating
You can sort submissions either descending by the when they were submitted, or descending by their rating.
Display the filters
When you view this survey report, should Crowdsourcing display the filters at the top of the page?
Limit results to
This option limits the number of results that Crowdsourcing displays. You could use it to make a top 10 list.
Include only featured submissions.
Display individual results
If you only want to display aggregate results like pie charts you can use this flag to turn off individual results.
Think of Survey Report Displays as line items in Survey Reports. The describe a specific thing you would like to show up in the survey report.
Fieldnames is a space delimited list of questions referenced by their fieldname. Usually you have to include at least one fieldname or your survey report display won’t do anything. Exceptions include text which simply inserts raw html, and bar or line charts that use the count aggregate type. For bar and line charts the fieldnames will become the y axes. For pie charts each fieldname will become a single pie chart. Maps will display one map per location fieldname.
The annotation is raw html that you can insert for any survey report display.
Crowdsourcing displays survey report displays in ascending order. You can specify the order as -1 if you would like crowdsourcing to automatically pick where to place your Survey Report Display, usually at the end.
The aggregate type is only useful for Line and Bar charts. It describes how you would like to combine the values in the y axes. Let’s say you had a drop down list question for the x axis that let you pick the model of your first car. Now let’s say you had a decimal text box question as a y axis where the user could say how much their first car cost. User A says their first car was a Toyota and cost 5000.00. User B says their first car was a Toyota and cost 1000.00. If you choose the default or sum aggregate type then the chart will use set the Toyota value at 6000.00. Average will set the Toyota value to 3000.00. Count will use 2, meaning that 2 people entered a cost for Toyota.
Pie charts and aggregate type
For pie charts the default, and only valid mathematical function, is count. You can switch pie charts from default to count but there’s no point.
X axis fieldname
The x axis is only valid for line and bar charts. Like fieldnames, use the fieldname of a question from the survey. You may only specify a single x-axis. Choice type questions, numeric questions, and checkbox questions all work well for the x axis. If you choose a numeric x axis then the x axis will be ordered and continuous as you would expect. Otherwise for non-numeric choice type questions the x axis values will appear in the same order as the options in the question.
The answers to these questions will appear as captions below their corresponding slides. Separate by spaces.
Limit map answers
Google maps gets pretty slow if you add too many points. Use this field to limit the number of points that display on the map.
Map center latitude
If you don’t specify latitude, longitude, or zoom, the map will just center and zoom so that the map shows all the points.
Map center longitude
Latitude and longitude are in degrees between -90.0 and 90.0. Maps only use either value if you specify both.
13 is about the right level for Manhattan. 0 shows the entire world.