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Question Battle

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Question Battle: Open End vs. Multiple Textboxes

Today our Question Battle segment continues as we place the Open End question against the Multiple Textboxes question type. Which do you use and when? Find out below. When should I use an Open End question? The purpose of this question type is to provide the respondent with a single text box to type their unaided answer in to. A common use for the Open End question is asking a single Who, What, Why or How question at a time. A few more things to note about Open End questions:

  • Each question displays one at a time
  • You can add an image or video to be associated with your question
  • There is an adjustable limit of 1,000 characters

When should I use a Multiple Textboxes question? The purpose of the Multiple Textboxes question type is to provide the respondent with more than one text box to type their unaided answers in to. Like the Open End question, a common use for this question type is to ask Who, What, Why or How, but allowing multiple responses from the respondent.
A few things to note about the Multiple Textboxes question type:

  • All text boxes will appear on the same page, requiring each box to be filled in before any skip filters can be utilized. Therefore, if you’re including three text boxes for the respondent and are setting a skip pattern based on what is inputted in the first box, the respondent must input answers into all three boxes and click “Next” before the filter will take effect.
  • Not all text boxes have to relate to the same question, each can actually be assigned its own question to serve your purposes.
  • You can add an image or video to be associated with your question and/or each text box.
  • You may randomize the order in which your text boxes appear so they don’t display in the same order to every respondent.
  • There is an adjustable limit of 1,000 characters per text box.

Now you can decide for yourself: should you be using the Open End or the Multiple Textboxes question when you want to ask an unaided question? Go ahead and create a survey and use these question types today!

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