What is MyVote?

MyVote is a web-based application that enables you to discuss, vote and view the results of contests in real time.

Create a Rating, Ranking, or a Poll Contest and your audience can participate on their smartphone, tablet or desktop. There is nothing to download or install. Check out our demos page to see it in action.

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How does MyVote work?

MyVote is a service that enables you to quickly create contests and polls that are accessible for voting on desktop and mobile devices. MyVote collects and aggregates the votes in real time providing live results.

There are three types of contests you can create:

1. Rating Contest where your voters rate items by assigning stars to one or more categories. The number of stars assigned is converted into points and aggregated across all voters to determine total points and average star ratings for items in each category.

2. Ranking Contest where voters rank items in order of their preference under one or more categories. The methodology used to calculate points for each participant is called the modified Borda count (MBC). The MBC is a consensus electoral voting model where voters rank candidates in order of their preference. It is used to determine the Most Valuable Player in Major League Baseball, by the Associated Press and United Press International to rank teams in NCAA sports and to determine the winner of the Heisman Trophy. For details on how the calculation works please see the FAQ - How do you calculate results? or the MBC Wikipedia entry.

3. Classic Poll where you define one or more questions which voters select one or more answers to. All voter selections are aggregated and displayed within the app.

Does it cost money to use MyVote?

MyVote offers free tokens on signup to create and publish limited contests. To enable higher capabilities for a contest you may purchase premium tokens that matches your contest needs. See pricing for details. In all cases, voting is always free for your participants and no signup needed on their part.

What are the technology requirements to use MyVote?

A modern smartphone with a touchscreen (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone), a modern tablet (iPad, Android, Blackberry, Surface) or a desktop/laptop with a modern browser that supports the latest web standards—like the most recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer 10+. Old and outdated browsers do not support MyVote and can not be used to experience the modern web.

Do you keep my votes?

Yes, but only if you login or use the same device and browser. We keep track of your votes and remember who you are so that your votes are available the next time you login.

What is live Talk?

Live Talk allows voters to participate in a real-time conversation about the contest as it happens. In order to participate in live talk you must login using your Facebook account. Signing up for Facebook is easy and free.

Conduct – play nice. Foul language, personal attacks on contest participants or individuals or pretending to be someone you’re not will not be tolerated. Please keep the spirit of the application in mind - this is for fun. Those that abuse the application will have their privileges taken away.

How do you calculate results?

For rating contests, the number of stars assigned to each item and category are converted into points and aggregated across all voters. One star is converted to 1 point, 2 stars to 2 points and up to 5 points for 5 stars.

The points are then used to calculate the following metrics:

  • Total points for each item in each category (Item 1, Category 1 = 1,000 points)
  • Total points for each item across all categories (Item 1 = 12,000 points across all categories)
  • The relative ranking between items based on the total points across all categories (Item 1 ranked # 5 of 20) This only applies if more than one item is rated.
  • The average number of stars assigned to each item in each category (Item 1 received 3.5 Stars in Category 1)
  • The number of stars assigned to each item across all categories (Item 1 Receive the following: 5 Stars = 500 voters, 4 stars = 250 voters, 3 stars = 150 voters, 2 stars = 75 voters, 1 star = 10 voters)

For ranking contests, the votes assigned to each contest candidate are converted to points using a methodology called the Modified Borda Count (MBC). It is an electoral voting model where voters rank contest candidates in order of their preference. Each rank corresponds to a different point value - the higher the rank, the higher the points assigned to that contest candidate. We chose to use the modified version of the Borda count to allow voters to rank as many or as few contest contenders as they like. The modified Borda count adjusts the points assigned to each contender based on the total number of ranked contenders. This is necessary to avoid artificially skewing the points awarded to higher-placed contenders when a voter only ranks a small number of contenders. In the modified version, your favourite contender receives maximum points if you rank all contenders in the contest vs. just ranking a few. This incentive to rank all contest candidates has the added benefit of providing feedback for contenders that place lower in the rankings. For more details on the algorithm, uses and history please see Wikipedia.

For standard polls, the number of votes are summed across all voters to calculate the total number per question.

Does a new vote get counted every time I update my vote?

No, only the latest submission is counted as a vote.

How often are the results updated?

It depends on the configuration for the contest, but it is usually every 15 seconds to every 5 minutes.

Do I have to rank all contenders in all categories?

It depends on the contest configuration. The rankings can be fixed (select the top 6) or flexible where you can rank as many or as few contenders as you like.

When is a token considered to have been used?

A token is considered used once a contest is published and is accepting votes. You can unpublish a contest and reclaim that token if the contest is not yet open to voting.

What is the difference between rating and ranking?

You can use either a rating or ranking contest to compare items across multiple categories to produce an overall list of winners by category and in total. There are however some key differences in how your participants vote and how the results are displayed.

Voting

In a ranking contest your participants evaluate items relative to each other. In other words they sort each item relative to each other. MyVote then converts the relative rankings into points. In this scenario, your participants cannot assign the same item the same number of points (no ties). If you have a large number of items to rank, this can be time consuming for your participants to sort all items across multiple categories.

In a rating contest your participants evaluate items independent from each other by assigning a number of stars to each item under one or more categories. In this scenario, your participants can assign the same number of stars to each item in the same category. If there are a large number of items, a rating contest is less time consuming for your participants vs a ranking contest.

Results

In a ranking contest, the result screens show a ranked list of items in one or more categories and across all categories.

In a rating contest, there are multiple results screens available:

  • Total points for each item in each category (i.e. Item 1, Category 1 = 1,000 points)
  • Total points for each item across all categories (i.e. Item 1 = 25,000 points across all categories)
  • The relative ranking between items is based on the total points across all categories (i.e. Item 1 ranking #5 of 20). This only applies if more than one item is rated.
  • The average number of stars assigned to each item in each category (i.e. 3.5 Stars in Category 1)
  • The number of stars assigned to each item across all categories (i.e. Item 1 Receive the following: 5 Stars = 500 voters, 4 stars = 250 voters, 3 stars = 150 voters, 2 stars = 75 voters, 1 star = 10 voters)

Can I test my contest?

You can apply one of your free tokens to test your contest before you go live. Using the free token will allow you to accept up to 10 voters prior to going live. Once you are satisfied with your contest configuration you can create a copy of your test contest and apply a bronze, silver or gold token.

Why can't I apply a specific token?

If you receive a message that you cannot apply your token, it means you have selected features that are not supported by your available tokens. You will need to change your contest configuration or purchase an upgraded token. Please see our pricing page for details.

Can I collect free-form text information from my voters?

MyVote does not currently support the collection of free form text fields from participants. This is a feature that will be available in a future release. Please follow our Facebook or Twitter feeds for information.

Do I have to download anything?

No. MyVote is a web-based application built using HTML5 technologies. To vote, simply provide the contest link to your participants.

To set up a contest, login to MyVote Manager web application on a modern browser.

Do I have to register to vote?

It depends. A contest creator has the option to allow anonymous voting or require user authentication.

However, voters always have the option of logging into the app using their Facebook account. Then you will be able to chat with other contest participants using the Talk feature and send your current votes to your email address.

Are there prizes for the winner?

MyVote does not provide prizes for winners of contests hosted on their app. However, individual contest creators may provide prizes for their contests. Please contact them directly for details.

How do you ensure people don’t vote more than once?

We have methods of limiting people from voting multiple times. Disclosing our methods would only give potential multi-voters ideas on how to circumvent our process. To ensure people can only vote once, you can set up a contest to require authentication in order to vote.

How do you keep people from voting for themselves in their own contest?

We don’t. Again, it is all part of the fun! Why not vote for yourself?

Will you disclose how many people voted in a contest?

You can configure a contest to show current results. If enabled, select the bar chart icon on the top right-hand side of the Results screen to view the real time status on the contest.

What is your refund policy?

Refunds will be given in the unlikely event that a contest was not available due to an outage in the MyVote service. Refunds will not be given due to a misconfiguration of a MyVote contest.

Can I export my contest results?

Yes. There are two exports available in the Results & Stats area of MyVote Manager. You can export the contest results and votes in text or CSV format.

Do you offer a free trial?

By signing up and creating a free account you will be provided with 5 free tokens with which you can create contests and use the app.

Do I have to sign in with my Facebook account to participate in the Talk feature?

Yes. The talk feature is integrated with Facebook's comment engine. The only way to participate is using your Facebook account.

Can I white label MyVote?

We do not currently offer a full white labeled version of MyVote. You can however upload your own logo and request custom colours if you purchase a platinum token. Please see the FAQ item Can I add my own custom logo and colours?

Can I add my own custom logo and colours?

The gold and platinum tokens allow you to upload your own logo to replace the MyVote logo on the voting app. We also have the ability to customize the colours upon request and for an additional fee. Please contact us for details.

Can I create a secure contest where only certain people can vote?

Yes, you can require a voting code to limit voting to only participants that know your code. You can create as many voting codes as you need and share them accordingly.

Which contest type should I choose?

MyVote offers 3 different types of contests to choose from, each has a different purpose;

Classic Poll

This is used for standard surveys when you have several questions with multiple choice answers that you want your participants to vote on.

Use when:

  • You have several questions with multiple choice questions to ask your participants.

Rating Contest

Allows your participants to rate a list of items using a 5 star system under one or more categories.

Use when:

  • You want to evaluate items independently from each other
  • You have the same list of items that you want to evaluate across multiple categories
  • You want participants to be able to rate multiple items with the same score (allow ties)
  • You need to calculate a ranking of items based on their ratings in one or more categories
  • You need to calculate average star ratings for each item
  • You need to calculate the number of stars assigned to each item across all categories
  • You have a lot of items or categories for your participants to rate.

Ranking Contest

Allows your participants to rank a list of items in order of their preference under one or more categories.

Use when:

  • You want to evaluate items relative to each other
  • You have the same list of items that you want to evaluate across multiple categories
  • You need to calculate a ranked list of items across multiple categories based on the average rankings for each category
  • You need to calculate a ranked list of items across multiple categories based on the weighted average rankings for each category

Don’t use when:

  • You want your participants to be able to assign items the same score. In a ranking contest, all items must be ranked relative to all other items (no ties)
  • You have a large number of items or categories that you want your participants to rank. Consider using a rating contest instead. It is less time consuming for your participants to rate a large number of items vs. ranking them.

Do you support large numbers of voters - over 5,000?

Yes, we can easily support many thousands of voters. If you have a contest that requires more than 5,000 voters please contact us with your requirements.

Can I have different contenders in each category in a ranking contest?

Ranking contests are set up to allow you to compare the same list of contenders across multiple categories and calculate an overall rankings across all categories. As such, the contenders in each category must be the same. If you need to rank a different list of contenders in each category you will need to create two separate contests. You can group these separate contests in an Event. This will allow your participants to navigate between the two contests by visiting one web address.

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