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Adding polls

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Video: Adding polls

Drupal's poll module gives you a way to present simple multiple questionnaires to visitors and then tabulate their responses in useful ways. You can limit how long a poll will run which is useful for making group decision and who can vote on it. As elsewhere in Drupal, we turn on polls by going into Administer, Modules, and then click to turn on the Poll Module. There we go, and then we will go down to the bottom and say Save Configuration. Now we have turned on polls, but there is one other thing we should do as we do with many other modules when we turn them on, we have to make sure permissions allow people to vote on them.

Adding polls

Drupal's poll module gives you a way to present simple multiple questionnaires to visitors and then tabulate their responses in useful ways. You can limit how long a poll will run which is useful for making group decision and who can vote on it. As elsewhere in Drupal, we turn on polls by going into Administer, Modules, and then click to turn on the Poll Module. There we go, and then we will go down to the bottom and say Save Configuration. Now we have turned on polls, but there is one other thing we should do as we do with many other modules when we turn them on, we have to make sure permissions allow people to vote on them.

So we go down to Permissions in the Administration interface and then scroll down to Poll Module. The most important one in here is whether or not people can vote on polls. I am going to let all authenticated users do that, and remember contributing users are also authenticated users. You can also allow people to inspect votes to see how everybody has voted or to cancel one's own vote. The other poll permission options are for creating polls and of course you can turn those on and off as you think is right. We will scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Save Permissions. So now we have turned on and allowed all of our regular users to vote on them. But how do we create a poll? Well, a poll is really just content. So we go up to Create Content and Poll. We are going to create a poll that's relevant to our site.

So how about, which condo developments do you prefer? First choice is going to be let's say Soggy Acres. The second one will be Mildew Point and then we will add another choice right here. You can keep on adding choices as much as you want. The third one is Hudson Mews, and the forth one is Mark Twain's Riverboat Graveyard. Now, you will notice something unusual on this right-hand side, which is that you can actually cheat on the poll. That is you can have it start with Soggy Acres having 13 votes, Mildew Point having 25 and so forth. We are going to do that just so that we have some votes in the record and you can see how it tabulates responses.

As we go down, here are the time settings. We decide has the poll actually started or not? This is very useful if you want to design the poll first but not actually launch it until a certain event is passed. Like let's say a primary or midnight on a certain day. But for us we will say it's active and we are going to have it go just for one week. Scroll down further and you will some settings that you have seen in other content types. For example you can make this menu selection that shows up in the upper right hand corner in the screen or in navigation menu on the left hand side. You can set it so that each time you revise the poll, it keeps a copy of the old one.

Let's actually give this one a path setting. We will call it poll_condos. Comments, do you want people to be able to comment on this? For polls, that's usually turned on to for read and write because people not only want to say yes or no to an issue, they want to talk about it. Finally, authoring information can be changed as usual and publishing options, by default it is promoted to the front page. Let's save that and see what it looks like. There we are. If we go to the front page as the administrator and scroll down, it becomes like a story at the top of our nodes. Of course this one up here is sticky, so it's stays at the top of everything.

Now I should mention, that Drupal polls give a lot of power to the administrators. The administrator can for example change the poll questions after the poll has started which can be of course quite dangerous in making people say things they don't mean to. The Drupal administrator can see how people voted. However, the Drupal administrator cannot directly change the vote of the individual members. If you want to make your polls more open, what should do is check that permission that allows members to see everything about who has voted. In that way they can say, "Hey, did you really vote that way? Hey wait. I didn't vote that way." And they can complaint if they want to leave the site or anything like that.

So we have created our poll. Now let's try voting on it. As the administrator, I am going to vote for Mark Twain's Riverboat Graveyard. There we go and it tells me that my vote was recorded. Let's scroll down again and you will see something interesting. We can't vote again. See, it shows us the results, but doesn't give us the choices. Even if we click here to show the node, we can't change the vote. Furthermore, let's go back to our ordinary user, fishyjoe, who I have running in another browser. We will reload this page so that fishyjoe also sees the poll and we scroll down. Now you will notice fishyjoe can vote this even though the administrator voted and saw the results, fishyjoe can still vote. Well, I see Mildew Point is the best. So there we go.

Now of course fishyjoe sees the results. In short once you have voted once, you can't vote again. The only other way that you are forbidden from voting is if you have not being given permissions. Typically that's done for anonymous users, because otherwise anonymous users would just come and vote from different computers would clear their cookies, might really stack the desk. As with other content types such as forums and blogs, you can see and of the polls that have been posted by going up here and using the URL Poll. Once you have learnt how to use menus, you can create a menu selection that will go directly to that page, but let's take a look.

There we are, we have a list of polls and of course if we had more polls they would all show up here. It tells us how many votes and whether it's still open. If we were to come back to this page in eight days, it would say closed, because we only set the time limit to be a week. Click on it and again, we see the node itself. One other thing happens when you enable polls which is that a block is automatically created that you can move to different parts of the site. Let's switch back to our administrator's interface and see how that works. We will go to Administer, Blocks and scroll down until we see most recent poll.

Here it is, let's put that in the right-hand sidebar and say Save. There we have it. If we hadn't answered this poll, of course we would be asked the question and it would look just the same as it did on our main page. This is a very good way to keep content on our site fresh. That is put the most recent poll or the most recent blog post, the most recent comment in that right hand column or somewhere else on the page where it's obvious. It gives your site a sense that it's always fresh. Let's see what that look like on an ordinary user's page. So we will switch back to fishyjoe, click on the logo, which brings us back to our homepage. And there you have it, polls are especially good for encouraging interaction, because voting is much easier for visitors to do then writing a blog post or a forum comment. In addition, polls frame issues by giving limited choices and their collective nature creates a sense of a common goal.

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  1. 4m 38s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the example files
      3m 48s
  2. 28m 55s
    1. Drupal is a CMS
      7m 43s
    2. Choosing Drupal
      5m 32s
    3. Checking Drupal's requirements
      4m 26s
    4. Understanding the inner workings of Drupal
      4m 35s
    5. Meeting the Drupal community
      6m 39s
  3. 11m 28s
    1. Learning key terms in Drupal
      5m 20s
    2. Touring Drupal's interface
      6m 8s
  4. 34m 35s
    1. Installing WAMP and Drupal on Windows
      9m 41s
    2. Installing MAMP
      4m 34s
    3. Setting up the database on a Mac
      2m 2s
    4. Downloading and installing Drupal on a Mac
      6m 37s
    5. Troubleshooting installation problems
      3m 49s
    6. Automating updates with cron
      7m 52s
  5. 25m 37s
    1. Setting up clean URLs
      5m 52s
    2. Backing up your Drupal site
      3m 31s
    3. Restoring your Drupal site from backup
      4m 19s
    4. Wiping your Drupal installation clean
      2m 7s
    5. Updating Drupal
      9m 48s
  6. 15m 37s
    1. Using the Administration menu
      6m 21s
    2. Setting site information
      4m 50s
    3. Setting the theme
      4m 26s
  7. 35m 8s
    1. Understanding security and permissions
      7m 2s
    2. Controlling site access with user management
      3m 39s
    3. Creating users
      7m 58s
    4. Setting user profiles
      9m 40s
    5. Creating contact forms
      6m 49s
  8. 19m 19s
    1. Creating your site's basic info pages
      7m 13s
    2. Understanding page layout
      5m 40s
    3. Creating a flexible layout with blocks
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 35s
    1. Monitoring performance
      4m 52s
    2. Recovering from disasters
      7m 37s
    3. Improving administration skills
      3m 6s
  10. 41m 3s
    1. Understanding nodes
      6m 50s
    2. Creating basic content: Stories and pages
      7m 9s
    3. Enabling other content types
      9m 22s
    4. Adding blogs
      3m 49s
    5. Adding forums
      6m 56s
    6. Adding polls
      6m 57s
  11. 34m 50s
    1. Exploring content categories
      7m 45s
    2. Exchanging content via RSS
      9m 47s
    3. Using input filters
      7m 41s
    4. Managing comments
      9m 37s
  12. 38m 5s
    1. Configuring your theme
      11m 27s
    2. Changing your theme's graphics
      4m 59s
    3. Finding and installing a new theme
      8m 56s
    4. Understanding Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
      5m 56s
    5. Deciphering CSS files
      6m 47s
  13. 22m 41s
    1. Finding modules
      6m 53s
    2. Unpacking and installing modules
      6m 30s
    3. Configuring modules
      3m 50s
    4. Implementing complex modules
      5m 28s
  14. 32m 12s
    1. Ensuring automated updates with poormanscron
      3m 11s
    2. Defining custom content types with CCK
      12m 54s
    3. Stopping spam using a CAPTCHA
      10m 43s
    4. Using a WYSIWYG text editor
      5m 24s
  15. 22m 18s
    1. Getting around with multilevel menus
      7m 26s
    2. Building custom menus
      5m 42s
    3. Creating easy-to-navigate books
      9m 10s
  16. 20m 19s
    1. Changing page templates with PHP
      8m 15s
    2. Using PHP in content
      5m 20s
    3. Implementing PHP snippets
      6m 44s
  17. 10m 15s
    1. Launching your site
      5m 52s
    2. Joining the Drupal community
      4m 23s
  18. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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