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Top Tech Tidbits Introduces New Click-To-Vote Quick Poll Feature

Released: 5/26/2022

Author: Aaron Di Blasi, Publisher, Top Tech Tidbits

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I'd like to open this up by offering our sincerest thanks to all Top Tech Tidbits Premium Subscribers, for these are Premium Subscriber dollars at work.

If you've been reading Tidbits since at least June of 2020 then you may recall that we have tried and tested several different polling / survey products here at Top Tech Tidbits since that time. From SurveyMonkey to Google Forms to Qualtrics and several others in between. Each possessed some accessibility shortcomings. Each voiced to us directly by readers. Some were mildly inaccessible while others were wholly unusable, neither of which were acceptable to the editors of Top Tech Tidbits. So as you may have noticed, we pulled them. We have not posted an active poll or survey since our last failed software attempt.

So we decided to take a different tack, technologically speaking, and distill the poll / survey down to its core components. And the core component of any poll / survey is the vote. Speaking technically this "vote" is registered with a single "click". So, registering a single click is what we're really after if we want the most efficient and accessible poll / survey experience possible.

Having come to this conclusion together I recommended that we try using simple UTM parameters to register votes with a single click from right inside Tidbits. No form to launch or navigate would mean no possible accessibility concerns. The only remaining obstacle to this method is that some IT departments block short links (AKA redirects) by default, because, well, you know, only bad people use them. A premise that is wholly and unequivocally untrue. But if this is a mechanism that is still wholly untrusted by the IT department where you open your Top Tech Tidbits emails, then I am sorry to report that your votes will not be counted because you will not be permitted to access these links. At least not directly via the email we send you. You can still vote however by accessing the online version of each issue and voting from there. While I would still call this an accessibility concern, it is, most unfortunately, a man-made one.

Outside of this one small caveat it is my sincerest hope that the new Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Poll will be a success. One thing that readers have consistently asked for is more data, more often, and it is my sincerest hope that this new method will provide us with a simple and truly accessible way to provide readers with that data consistently.

Results for all Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Polls will always be posted in the very next issue of Top Tech Tidbits. We take privacy every bit as seriously as we do accessibility, so all poll data is collected anonymously. We do not collect email or IP addresses. We only record clicks.

So get your clicking fingers ready. And feel free to vote as many times as you like if you are passionate about any particular question. Raw click counts will always be provided for each question asked.

Cast your vote today in Top Tech Tidbits Click-To-Vote Quick Poll 860 at: https://bit.ly/ttt-poll860.

Thanks so much for reading, we look forward to keeping you informed.

Aaron Di Blasi, PMP (2006 - Present)
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