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Kiarokh Moattar

I eventually grew up after painting on many walls, getting too many scars, watching loads of animated movies, taking care of lots of injured animals, and inventing crazy strategies to bypass the "dictatorship" of the adults, and got a B.A. in Psychology. Shortly after, I grew up a bit more and got two M.A. degrees in art & design. Today, after growing up slightly more, I realize that I've been working with many companies and brilliant people, inventing new tech solutions, designing & coding cool stuff, making cute illustrations; while still truly enjoying, loving, and adoring the mother nature and all amazing cuddly creatures out there.
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How to prevent cheating in your surveys, technologies, best practices, ideas, and examples

Well, let’s start it the “scary” way. Never analyze and report on your collected data, until you take a closer look at ‘who’ may be contaminating your data, and ‘why’!

While the vast majority of respondents fill in the surveys in good faith, there are sometimes many rotten apples in the crowd. This is especially an online phenomenon, and these individuals are sometimes referred to as “trolls”. The anonymity of online environments can provide a safe place for the rotten apples to freely express what goes on in their sick minds, ruin other’s lives, spread hate, and destroy what others are trying hard to build or improve. They may have any type of motivation to do such things, and unfortunately sometimes surveys and research projects fall victim to these cheaters too. Affecting the final results of a study, research, or a competition may have a lot of benefits for them.

Some professionals estimate that up to a third of online survey respondents these days are not real respondents. They may not even be real humans. The rotten apples and robots unfortunately propagate themselves and ruin research that could otherwise be insightful.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to minimize, prevent, or even eliminate cheaters, trolls, or robots from affecting your survey results.
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How to make a Pumpkin Carving Contests for Halloween

Example of Pumpkin Carving Contests for Halloween


Do you also want to run an engaging and fun pumpkin carving contests? Are you sharing your competition with many people in the same time, to vote and decide which creative individual wins the prize?

Every autumn, many local communities, NGOs, and even many people who plan fun Halloween parties use SurveyLegend to hold their pumpkin carving contests.

The reason is it is super easy to make a visual contest with our tool. All you need to do is to ask respondents to take pictures of their pumpkin artworks and send them to you. Then you upload all of the pumpkin images in your survey, and share your survey link with your respondents and gather their opinions and votes about the winner.

Results are collected and displayed to you in real-time, and you can even display the results page live in your event, to make the contest more fun.

To make your Pumpkin Carving Contests for Halloween, follow these step-by-step guide.

  1. Login to your account
  2. Add a new survey, and navigate to CREATE step.
  3. Then use our picture-based question type which is called Picture Selection by clicking/tapping on it.
  4. Click on the picture selection question that just added, and then click on the “upload” button.
  5. Select all of your pictures at once from your computer, and then hit upload. Wait until then upload process is completed for all images
  6. Note that you can change the layout and size of the pumpkin pictures as you wish, using the settings of the question on the left-hand side
  7. You can also choose whichever voting type you prefer, but people usually use the “Ranking” voting type and let people vote for their top 3 favorites. This way it becomes easier to choose the first 3 winners.
  8. Now if you want to change the look and feel of your survey, go to DESIGN step and choose a dark theme or upload your own background
  9. Then go to the CONFIGURE step and give your Holloween contest a good name so that you remember it. Also make sure you have this setting ON: “Limit number of participations” which will make sure nobody can cheat and vote several times.
  10. Finally continue to the SHARE step, copy your competition link, and send it to your audience using SMS, Email, Facebook, Slack or whatever you like

When the distribution of your best pumpkin for Halloween is done, go to Live Analytics and watch as the results come in.

A really good idea for you who have a live event is using a video projection and broadcasting the live analytics page to all attendees. This makes your Halloween competition super fun!

Feel your legendary powers with Kiosk Mode, Faster Analytics, Spam-bot protection, more customizability, and design improvements

Our legendary ?s! We have been ?ing hard, to give you new features and improvements. This is a brief list of most important highlights that we have released, since we published the last post regarding our updates. Continue ? & spread the ?!

New survey featuresNew Features:

Thanks ? for constantly chatting with us and giving us feedback and asking for new features. Together with you, we are making SurveyLegend the best survey tool that the internet has ever seen ?.

Kiosk modeKiosk mode surveys

Now with our Kisok mode feature, you can do so called “in-store surveys“, which automatically restart when submitted. And of course if a respondent partially fills-in the questionnaire and leaves it, the form can smartly restart itself.

This way you can collect fresh feedback from people who visit your shop, office, store, or business. All you need is a tablet, and a SurveyLegend account.

Learn more about our Kiosk mode.

spam bot iconSpam bots protection

We got litterally 2 reports from our users whose surveys have been victims of spam-bots, which means somebody had written a custom script which could participate in their survey and vote to tweak their results.

Well, “2” was already too much for us. Therefore, we made an anti-spam-bot system which measures many variables to see whether a robot taking the survey or a human. When our system detects a spam-bot, it will silently ignore their votes, so nothing will be collected or registered in our database.

Also, if our anti-spam system gets suspecious about a respondent but cannot judge by 100% certainity, it will instead mark their responses in the exported data as “suspected spam bot”. This way users can decide and filter them out.

Additionally, our new system automatically goes through old collected data and removes any eventual spam-bot responses.

We will keep improving our spam-bot protection code, and constantly make it smarter to mitigate more types of spam bots.

notification iconIFrame Notifications

From now on, you ask your embedded surveys to send a notification to your website. Enabling this setting allows you to send a notification message to the HTML page which contains your IFrame, as soon as responses are submitted. This opens up many possibilities for you. For instance you can hide the IFrame containing the survey, load another questionnaire, send the user to another page, or perform any desired actions after your respondent submits their answers.

Learn more about embedded surveys using IFrames.

link iconOpen image links in the same window

Recently we added the possibility of adding redirect links to images within a questionnaire. With this update you can make the links open in the same browser tab as the survey, or choose to open them in a new browser tab.

Learn more about Adding redirect links to images within a survey.

opinion scale iconHide text lables under Opinion scale choices

The Opinion Scale question is variation of the Likert-type question, but it is visually different. Choices are visually presented on a “scaled” or “ranged” clickable set of choices, and can have lables under the choices to clarify the scale.

However, sometimes you may want to hide these lables completely, and from now on, you can do so.

Learn more about Opinion scale question.

speardsheet iconTime spent in a survey is reflected in exported data

Now when you export collected data, the time spent by each respondent to answer your questions is reflected there as well.

Learn more about Exporting survey data.

choice text iconHide choice text for respondents

With our latest app, you can easily hide the choice text which was displayed under each picture in the Picture selection question type. However any title you type will appeear in the exported data and in your live analytics.

Learn more about customizing picture selection question.

chart iconHide “Participation” and “Geographical reach” charts from shared analytics page.

You can share the collected results of a survey publicly, either after the survey is submitted, or via a link. However, some users do not want to show the number of participants, and some users don’t want to show the map. So we have made it possible to hide these two charts now.

UI / UX updatesUX / UI updates

Constantly improving the user experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) of our solution has always been the core of our company. During the past few version releases, we have improved lots of details in the app. Here is a list of some of them.

configure step iconNew configure step

Previously, all survey settings where placed in the first step of creation, which was called “Start step”. Now that step is totally gone, instead we have a new step called “Configure”, which hosts all settings of the survey you are editing.

Additionally, we have divided up the settings to several sections, which will help you navigate between them more easily. Under each section, relevant settings are grouped into cards, and can easily be understood.

Further, the new cards provide more visual aid for abstract settings which do not otherwise have an instant visual representation, for example a “Notification email”.

share step iconNew share step

We have also re-designed the “Share” step and divided its settings into several sections. Under each section, relevant settings are grouped into cards, and can easily be found and manipulated.

analytics iconNew Live Analytics UI

Redesigned the Live analytics interface to provide more information in less space.

badge-pro iconExport receipts of your subscriptions

Now you can export a receipt of your new subscriptions (which are made after September 2018), by navigating to My account. This helps companies and their bookkeeping needs.

info iconMore informative messages

Now specially in the new Configure step, you will see explanation about why a setting is locked and cannot be changed by you. It is usually due to conflicting settings, or some features which require a setting to be ON or OFF.

whitelable iconWhitelabled loading screen

Now users with “Legendary” subscription level will have a completely whitelabled loading screen. We used to show our animated diamond logo before, when survey was being loaded.

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How to Write GDPR-proof Privacy Policy for your Surveys (with examples)

Privacy Policy of Surveys which comply with GDPR


As we explained in this article about GDPR-compliant surveys, an important part of having a GDPR-compliant survey is having a GDPR-compliant privacy policy. This guide helps you in writing a GDPR-compliant privacy policy for your surveys and forms.

The basics

The most important aspect of GDPR-compliant privacy policy texts is that they must be written in an easy-to-understand and simple way. Therefore, you should avoid using the commonly used jargon seen in legal texts.

So, a good privacy policy text for your surveys should be:

  • Short
  • Easy to read
  • Easy to understand
  • With no legal jargon

What should the privacy policy explain

For establishing trust and getting consent for your respondents you need to write a transparent and straightforward text.

In a privacy policy page intended for survey or research project, you normally explain who you are (if your respondents don’t already know about you or your organization). Additionally your policy must clarify the type of personal data which is processed, purpose of processing, intended retention, subject rights, source of data, conditions of processing.

So, these are the points that need to be explained in your text:

  1. What you collect and how

    In your text, explain what type of personal data you are collecting and how. Is it respondents email, name, or IP address? Is it simply by asking them questions, or are you collecting data automatically (for example their geo-location or IP address)?

  2. Why you collect

    Your privacy policy text must clarify your reasons for collecting personal data. Explain for instance why you need their email. Do you have good reasons for collecting their name or address?

  3. How will you use their data

    This is super important to let your respondents know how you are going to use their personal data. Are you going to share it with third parties? In that case, say who these 3rd parties are and why you need to share their data with them. If you ask for their contact info for instance, are you going to use it to contact them, or send them something?

  4. How long will you keep their data

    The GDPR requires you to define a so called “data retention” period, when you collect personal data. Thus your privacy policy text should explain how long you will retain the data. After your data retantion period is over, you must delete all collected data, even those which are shared with 3rd parties!

  5. How secure is the data in your possession

    Your privacy policy must also explain what security measurements are applied when you collect, export, share, and store personal data of your respondents. What tools are you using, and if your data processors are also taking the security of the data seriously.

  6. Clarify your respondents rights

    The GDPR clearly defines individuals rights for their own data. You must also make sure to reflect these rights in your privacy policy text, and inform your respondents about their rights, which are as follows:

    • Right to access, view, and edit their own information in a timely manner
    • Right to be forgotten, which means being deleted from your survey results
    • Also right to be able to opt-out form your future messages (e.g. if you use their data to send them ads or marketing messages)

    Keep in mind that data is owned by the respondents, not you or your company or organization.

  7. Who to contact

    Every organization that is collecting data from EU citizens must have a Data Protection officer. The DPO is a person in the organization who can represent the organization with respect to data and privacy issues. Including the DPO’s contact information in your privacy policy would be great for your respondents, in case then need to ask questions or practice their rights.

Examples of a privacy notice inside a survey

We have gone through the requirements of the GDPR for writing privacy policies, but what then does a privacy notice actually look like?

You can present your privacy policy in different ways. It could be a part of your survey’s welcome page, like the example below, which illustrates a fair way of getting consent for collecting none-sensitive data.

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