Only the poll creator needs to run the Quick Poll application. The people taking the poll do not
need to run Quick Poll, and they do not need Internet access or a data plan. Communication
is completely SMS based, so the poll takers only need a regular cell phone with texting capabilities.
In order to capture votes, Quick Poll must be running. If you see the Quick Poll icon in the notification
area, you know that Quick Poll is running. You can force Quick Poll to completely shut down by
pressing the Menu button and clicking the Close App button.
Note that when you receive a new vote, the Quick Poll notification icon will change to a more
When Quick Poll is running in the background, it isn't using CPU and won't drain
the battery. Quick Poll is designed to wake up when it receives a new text
message - it doesn't continually check for new messages.
The general flow of using Quick Poll is:
- Create a poll question on the Poll tab
- Send the poll to people in the Send To tab
- When people reply back, see the results in the Results tab
The Poll Tab
When you use Quick Poll for the first time, an example poll will be created for you. Since you haven't sent
poll out to anyone and received votes, you may want to edit this poll by pressing the menu button,
selecting Edit Poll, and changing the question and choice options. Make sure you click the Save button at the
bottom of this screen!
In general, it's better to create a new poll after you receive your first vote, rather than editing an existing
poll. For example, if you sent out a poll with 5 choices and received votes, then edited the poll to only have 3
choices, the original votes wouldn't make sense because they wouldn't match the
new choices. However, if you really want to change an existing poll and throw
away the old votes, you can do that by going to the Results tab, pressing the menu button and clicking the
Clear Results option.
Note that poll results always stay with the poll. For example, lets say you received 20 votes for your first
poll question, then created a new poll. The results will show up as empty for your new question, but if you loaded
the old poll, the results from that poll would be loaded back and be visible in the Results tab.
The Send To Tab
The Send To tab is used to maintain a list of people to send the poll to. To add a person to the list, pressing the
menu button, then click Add Person. This will let you add a person from your phone's address book. To
remove a person, long press on the person's name and select Remove Individual.
You can send the poll to an individual by long clicking their name and selecting Send Poll To, or you can send
the poll to everyone on the list by pressing the menu button and clicking "Send Poll To All"
Note: Quick Poll will accept votes from anyone - not just the ones you send the poll to. For example,
a teacher could write their cell phone on a white board and ask students to text their vote to that number,
without having to send the poll to each student.
When you send a poll to either a person or to everyone in your Send To list, you will be able to review and
change the poll instructions before they are sent.
The Results Tab
As you receive votes, the Results tab will be updated to show a chart summarizing all of the votes. From
this tab, you can also send the results back to everyone who voted. To do this, press the menu button and click
"Send Results To Participants".
The Quick Poll Voting Syntax
Quick Poll requires votes to be in a particular format. The vote message should start with the word "VOTE" followed by
number between 1 and 9.
Future versions of Quick Poll will support additional formats, allowing for unrestricted polls (vote for anything) and
accepting votes for multiple simultaneous polls.
Quick Poll Options
The "Alert Messages" option lets you control whether a brief message is displayed when a text message
is received. You can select "All SMS Text Messages" to show every text
message received - even if it isn't a vote. The "Only on Vote Messages" option will only show a message
when a valid vote is received. Or to turn off notifications, set the option to "None".