How our tool makes this process better:
- By analysing user votes we surface the most important topics/opinions, not just the topic with the most submissions.
- You get qualitative input alongside quantitative analysis, making product prioritisation way easier.
- By letting users submit new opinions you can discover new insights you never considered before.
We're in the process of setting up a freemium subscription model. Right now it's free to create your first survey  and we've got a sample survey going too if you want to just play around with it from a participant perspective  (it asks for your email but feel free to put anything in, it doesn't verify it).
Do you like meeting new people? Well, it depends on circumstances, situation and what kind of people these are.
Do I always learn something new? Nope. No way any human being can be always learning. So why even ask such a question?
What is your favorite color?
[ ] 1. Seafoam
[ ] 2. Taupe
[ ] 3. Periwinkle
[X] 4. African Swallow
If you want to know if people feel that way, would it not be better to ask about that issue directly, such as by asking how much they agree with the above sentiment? It might not be a very reliable way to find out, but I am skeptical that asking "do you always learn something new?" is a better way.
There's also something circular about the idea that "there's a type of person who...", if those types are coming from the surveyor's interpretation of the replies to the questions they asked, especially if the questions themselves were framed on the assumption that there's a type of person who...
Ask me if I like meeting new people and I'll say yes.
Ask me if I like meeting new people in a gym, when all I want is to break some sweat, have a shower and go home and I'll say no.
Taiwan use it for their multi-stakeholder decision making to find points of agreement. Their application of it to the Uber vs Taxis situation was quite interesting.
I'd encourage you to write some case study blog posts about the analysis tools on offer, their blog posts about on topic was the most interesting thing about pol.is for me; their principle components analysis stuff with all the graphs and stuff.
If I say that I love meeting new people, will my gym invest into expanding the lounge area instead of buying a new barbell?
We've just linked a normal OpinionX survey as our demo for now as we haven't built something specific that's better suited for a landing page demo yet - this is on our to-do list though, we know it's not the most user friendly for trying it out.
1) have you thought about voting schemas besides multiple choice? ex. rank choice, weighted preference, exclusion, multiple round voting.. there's a field of economics called "social choice theory" that you might have come across or would be a good area of research.
2) it would be interesting if people could predict survey outcomes, compare predictions with colleagues, and compare predictions against outcomes.
3) how are you thinking about anonymity?..which impacts what people are willing to reveal. we use google forms for surveys at work and you have to be logged in with your company email address. when the survey collects email addresses, it says so, but when that is turned off, it doesn't label the survey as anonymous. it would be nice if anonymity/privacy was more clear, or to have anonymity as an option to the responder.
We've got loads of plans for how we can improve this over time though, using NLP & word-embedding to provide a broad participation across all the core themes and powering the order of opinoins by decision-trees, k-means clustering and matrix factoristation so that we're showing the right opinions to the right people to get a predictable view of the entire population of users.
It would be cool to see a content site with this mechanism.
We've already seen people use it for large-scale needs assessments, school curriculum co-creation, office Christmas party planning, startup problem statement creation, pizza company market research and more :)