Question Sets


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Question Sets Defined
Question Types Defined
Setting Character Limits; Global and Question Specific Limits
Create a Question Set
Add Questions to a New Question Set
Edit an Existing Question Set
Special Referendum Question Set

Scale Questions


Add Question Set

Edit or Add Questions within a Question Set

Reorder Questions within Question Set


Question Sets are a series of questions grouped together for a particular race or type of race. Most affiliates create Question Sets that are race specific; questions prepared for a Senate candidate are likely to be different than those for a Presidential candidate. These features can only be accessed by selecting Question Sets from the NavBar first.

Question Types: Question types are set after the question set is created (see below for selecting question types). There are five types of questions, which typically refer to the type of answer a candidate is expected to give:

Text: A character-limited, text-based answer will be provided by the candidate.

Agree/Disagree A text-based statement is presented to the candidate. The candidate can choose to agree, disagree, or take no position on this question. Answers are presented as Agree, Disagree, and the affiliate previously determined No Response (Multiple Choice) setting. See Appearance for a description of this setting.

Section: This question type is for the exclusive use of administrators. Should you wish to group questions by category, Section provides a subject heading under which you can group those questions.

YouTube: Candidates can provide a URL link to a YouTube video that answers the question posed. No other video formats are accepted. The system renders this data as a resized video in the guide. The URL should be copied from the address box at the top of the candidate’s browser and not the ‘Share’ links generated below the video screen on the YouTube site.

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Character Limits

We strongly suggest you set a character limit for text based questions. This can be a global setting, or revised on a question-specific basis. Global character limits are set via the Question Sets page; question-specific limits are set via the Edit Questions page. To determine a character limit, multiply the number of words you wish to use by a factor of 5. Example: a limit of 100 words would have a character limit of 500. Youcannot set a character limit with Rich Text type questions.

To set a global character limit via the Question Sets Page, under Character Limits, enter this number into theLimit field, then click Save or press Return.

To set a question-specific limit via the Edit Questions Page, click the Settings drop-down box next to the question. Enter the desired character limit in the Character Limit field. Scroll down and click Save.

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Create a Question Set

To create a question set you must first name it: under Create Question Set, enter the name (i.e., Congress, City Council, President) of your question set into the Name field. Click Add or press Return.

Add Questions to a New Question Set

To add questions to a new Question Set, on the Question Sets page, under Existing Question Sets, select the new set; click Edit. The Edit Questions page will appear. Under Add Additional Questions, enter each question separated by a Return. Click Save. You will automatically be directed to an Edit Questions page where you can set question types, change character settings and add questions if necessary. Select a type for each question by clicking Settings and using the drop-down box in the Question Type field. Scroll down and click Save.

Add Questions to an Existing Question Set

To add questions to an existing Question Set via the Question Sets page, Select Question Sets from the Nav Bar. Select the Question Set you wish to edit by clicking Edit. Scroll to the bottom of the screen, then in the Add Additional Questions field, enter any additional questions with each question separated by a Return. Click Save.
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Edit an Existing Question Set

You can make a wide variety of changes to an existing question set on the Edit Questions page. To edit a Question Set, on the Question Sets page, under Existing Question Sets, select the Question Set you wish to change, then click Edit. Once you have made the appropriate change, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save before proceeding to the next change.

You can rename the Question set by overwriting the text in the Name field.

You can change the current questions by overwriting the text in the question fields.

You can change the question type or individual character settings by clicking Settings and using the drop-down box.

You can delete a question by clicking the Delete button. Alternately, you can go to Existing Question Sets, on the Question Sets page, then click Delete next to the set you wish to Delete.

You can add questions using the Add Additional Questions field.enter any additional Click Save.
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For Referenda, create a question set with a single question that reads: Pro and Con Arguments For and Against the Measure. This will create a question for which you can supply the arguments in the appropriate candidate area, i.e., pro arguments would appear in the candidate labeled Yes for the Measure).

Scale Questions

Scale questions ask a candidate to designate a particular position on a predefined scale. Scale questions offer the benefit of providing a definitive, succinct answer.  The recommended formatting of a scale question is to present the scale question and then provide a brief follow up question such as Explain your answer.  The followup question should be a text question with less than 200 characters.

There are several types of scale questions.  The following demonstrates the scale from the lower end to the upper end*:

  • Agreement, typically a scale of Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree
  • Quality, typically a scale of Poor to Excellent
  • Relative Quantity, typically a scale from Much Less to Much More
  • Importance, typically a scale from Not Important to Extremely Important
  • Support, typically a scale from Strongly Oppose to Strongly Support.

*There are options to change the language of the scale question.  Please contact the superadmin to discuss these options.


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