Qbloc by Qwanz is a free plug in that allows you to easily create polls and petitions which can be embedded on your site or blog.
Qbloc provides you with demographic insights about your readers, (age, gender, location), expands the reach of your content, and brings you new traffic, all while enabling users to get heard by decision makers and making your site a “go to” place where visitors can go daily, knowing their opinions counts.
Qbloc benefits WordPress sites and their users by:
Providing validated poll results through a mandatory but quick registration process (username, password, email) or by using Facebook Connect.
Giving your readers a voice and empowering them to make a difference, by letting them automatically submit your poll results to the decision makers of their choice, including U.S. elected officials, government agencies, corporations and over 20,000 journalists worldwide.
Enabling you to create your own poll or select one from the thousands of polls already in our database, many from leading websites with significant votes already.
Allowing the poll you selected or created to be fully customized with an image, a logo, fonts, colors, borders, sizes, type of poll, number of responses, registration requirements, duration, etc.
Expanding the reach of your content and brand exposure when others embed your polls and drive additional visitors to your site.
Letting you better understand your audience by getting feedback by age, gender and location through an optional extended registration.
Allowing users to compare their opinion with others who have similar demographic characteristics.
Offering Qzip, a Qbloc hidden in a link titled See what people think which fits anywhere in your content and when clicked opens into your fully customized poll, closing when re-clicked.
Giving more content and instant feedback to readers on issues they care about
Increasing engagement and time on site by sparking new conversations related to your content.
Making your site a “go to” place where visitors can actively give their opinions on daily events.
Providing a more flexible alternative to existing petition tools by showing all sides of an issue, and allowing users to send results to the decision makers of their choice or to the journalist that can trumpet their cause further.
Enabling petition polls to be shared and embedded on many sites to gather votes and support.
Saving or reducing expenses as all our tools are completely free
With Qbloc site readers can get instant feedback on people‘s opinions; find out what users with similar demographics to their own think about an issue and share poll results across the web.
Qblocs are not just effective opinion gathering polls, they are also actionable petition tools that use the power of the web to leverage feedback, …because one voice may not be heard but thousands together cannot be ignored ™.
- Designed to fit between a site’s content and comments section, or anywhere else on a site.
- Saves your detailed customization for future usage.
- Allows as many answers as needed, with 250 characters per answer, or the quick use of preset Yes/No/Other or Like it/Don’t like it/Not sure answers.
- You can collect unlimited votes and create unlimited polls.
- Embeddable by anyone… allowing your poll to go viral!
- Available in English, French and Spanish.
- Offers your own My Qwanz activities page showing polls you created, or that are in development
- One-click sharing to Twitter and Facebook.
- Available through Qwanz’ site and its Android and iPhone mobile apps, which give your polls more exposure and makes them available anywhere any time.
Qwanz is a fun, easy to use platform for daily democratic participation. If you’re on Qwanz, you’re a game-changer, a world-shaper, a political gangster; you have opinions, you have a voice, and you want to be heard.
You’ve got your go-to news outlets right? Various sources where you get your information? Of course, we all do. But, here’s a question: Where’s your public opinion outlet?
Qwanz is designed to fill that void in the democratic landscape. We’re a hub for public recourse, a place for you to react to the day’s latest and greatest, to test the claims you’ve heard in popular media, to propose your own solutions for the public to consider, and, above all else, to GET INVOLVED.
We thought about petition sites, and how thousands, even millions of people coming together in protest can be a powerful force of change. But a protest is one-sided it only accounts for the people who feel one way on an issue. A poll, on the other hand, reveals the whole composition. It can be used constructively, to prove public sentiment, and to call for change just the same way as a petition, but without all the limitations.
Here on Qwanz, you make a poll, take a poll, vote, comment, debate, engage, and then you can go a step further. QWANZ IT. Send poll results directly from the site to where you think they should go, public officials, corporations, government agencies, or any one of 20,000 journalists with stakes in the question at hand.
We provide you with the concept, the tools, the platform, and the network.
This is Qwanz. How will you use it?
- From your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins, and then Add New
- Search for Qbloc by Qwanz or search via the WordPress.org plugin directory
- Activate Qbloc by Qwanz plugin
- A new menu Qbloc by Qwanz will appear in your Admin, click on the icon to start using
- Why do users need to register to vote?
The main reason we ask users to register, is to insure that your Qbloc polls are validated and that, for each poll, there is only one vote per registered user. Just like registering to leave a comment on a site, once registered, users will not have to do it again.
Voters can simply register with Facebook or by giving a username, e mail and password.
Later you can ask for an extended registration and users will then have to add their gender, location and their birth year.
For you it means getting a better understanding of who your audience is by age, gender and location; it also enables your users to see how people with similar demographics voted on an issue.
How people voted based on these demographics is available right from the Qbloc results page for anyone who is registered. Unregistered users will not see poll results.
Also users need to be registered to enable the Qwanzit function, enabling them to get heard by sending results to decision makers or any one of 20,000 journalists worldwide (see below).
On your first few polls you can add the following paragraph explaining how your users will benefit by registering. These explanations are also visible when you roll over the Qbloc and at sign in.
Note: You are being asked to register to make sure that poll results are validated and that your vote is counted only once; for that we need to verify that you are in fact a person.
Once enough votes have been received, poll results can automatically be sent by any registered user to US elected officials, government agencies, corporations or to any one of 20,000 journalists worldwide.
- If I ask my readers to register, won’t less of them vote than if they do not need to register?
You are right; on their first use of our Qbloc, sites who used it will usually get 35% to 50% of the number of votes they usually get on their polls, but on the second Qbloc it rises to 50% to 65% and by the fourth or fifth they are at 95% +. After that it seems to go over 120% as users understand the benefit of getting heard and are more inclined to answer validated opinion polls.
Users understand the value of, together, making their vote and opinions count on what matters to them, …because one voice may not be heard but thousands together cannot be ignored ™.
On your first few polls you can add the same paragraph as above explaining why users will benefit by registering.
- What sets Qbloc by Qwanz apart from other polling solutions?
- It lets you better understand your audience by getting feedback by age, gender and location
- It gives your readers a voice, empowering them to make a difference, by letting them automatically submit your poll results to decision makers including US elected officials, government agencies, corporations and over 20,000 journalists worldwide
- It expands your content and brand exposure both, by having your poll available for blogs and sites to embed across the web, and by having users send your results to decision makers or share them with friends through Facebook or twitter. (some of the Qwanz polls have been shared over 10,000 times on Facebook)
- It gives more content and instant feedback to readers on issues they care about; they do not have to read 20, 50 or 200 comments to know how people feel about an issue or your content.
- It allows users to compare their opinion with others who have similar demographic characteristics to their own
- It increases engagement and time on site by sparking new conversations related to your content
- It allows for validated poll results through a quick respondent registration
- It makes your site a “go to” place where visitors can actively give their opinions on daily events
- It is fully customizable to support each story graphically on your site, allowing you to use your logo, a picture or none, and to customize virtually every aspect of the Qbloc.
- It even allows you to just have the link..see what others think which opens into a Qbloc poll.
- Save or reduce expenses as our polling tools are completely free. No maximum voting levels; No contracts.
- What’s the difference between a Qbloc and a Qzip?
While Qbloc polls are designed to fit between your content and your comments sections, a Qzip, is designed to fit hidden in a link titled =See what people think= which fits anywhere in your content, often after the introduction paragraph or in the body of your copy; when clicked Qzip opens into your fully customized Qbloc poll, and can be closed by simply clicking on it again.
It was developed at the request of users who wanted to include polls in a less visible way.
- What sets Qbloc by Qwanz apart from petition tools?
- Unlike regular petitions that only show one side of the issue, it allows the parties petitioned to see what percentage of individuals are supporting an idea or a cause. Petitions are often dismissed because they are thought to only represent a small percentage of individuals.
- Virtually all petition sites and tools are geared to petitioning a set and defined organization or individual; With Qbloc you are the one who select to whom you want to send it among US elected officials, government agencies, corporations and over 20,000 journalists worldwide; and you can send it to as many as five people a day.
- Unlike leading petition sites that will disclose the name and physical address of users who are petitioning, at Qwanz we will never disclose and personally identifiable information.
- With a traditional petition, you cannot petition a coach because he left a particular player on the bench but with Qbloc, you can and you can send the results to your favorite sports journalist to publish.
- How do users select who to send poll results to?
Anyone who has voted can send results to decision makers; choosing who to send it to is fast and easy.
Once the Notify the Press button is green on a Qbloc, you can send a Qwanzit with the results of the poll.
When you click Notify the Press you will see which groups you can send to in Green and by clicking on a group you can refine your delivery to a particular journalist covering a sports or politics in particular country. Each group has different vote requirements and you can only do five Qwanz it a day.
How does Qbloc act as a petition?
Petitions are written notifications made by many people demanding a specific action from an authority or government. Qbloc provides such a tool by verifying that users are registered with a real email; the Qbloc question and answers acts as the message to pass on in the appeal or request to the person to whom the results are being sent. Aside from showing more than one side of an issue the main advantage of Qbloc is allowing for registered users to send on the results to the person of their choice. If an elected government official decides to do nothing, users can send the poll to the press to get their voices heard.
- Are users’ votes anonymous?
Yes; absolutely; users votes by using their user names but even if a user uses his own name as a user name, individual votes are never made available on an individual basis in poll results; results are always provided in a group, as a whole. How a user votes individually is not available unless he/she decides to make it so in his/her Qwanz profile.
In addition, Qwanz values and protects your privacy. We will never sell your personally identifiable information to any third part entity. Ever!
- How do users share the poll and their vote in social networks and with others?
Users can share the poll from the social (e.g. Facebook & Twitter) sharing buttons that are displayed on Qbloc results section of the poll, or by using the QwanzIt “Notify the Press” button, that once green, enable users to send poll results to US elected officials, government agencies, corporations or to any one of 20,000 journalists worldwide.
- What are the benefits of using Qbloc & Qzips tools?
Using social polls offer the following main benefits: (1) improves user engagement on the site (2) drives traffic from other blogs or sites using your poll or from social network shares, or from the press through Notify The Press (3) Increases time on site (4) provides verified poll results using a simple registration (5) allow you to know how readers think about an issue or your content by age gender and location, (6) Gives your readers a voice, empowering them to make a difference, (70 Makes your site a “go to” place where readers can give their opinion daily.
- How do I add a Qbloc or Qzip poll to my post/page?
Follow these four easy steps:
1. Register on Qwanz.com
2. Select a poll from the thousands available on Qwanz or create a new poll, preview it and when ready, click Publish and Create Qbloc
3. Now you can add a logo or a picture and customize it with whatever colors, sizes, fonts, and designs best fit the content and your site.
4. Select if you want a Qbloc or Qzip then select WordPress and follow the simple instruction to copy the WordPress poll code into your blog post/page/section.
It’s fast and easy.
- What types of Qbloc polls do you support?
We support both pre-formatted polls with Yes, No, Other or Like it, Don’t like it, Not Sure and more detailed polls with as many as 99 answers. Questions are limited to 200 characters and answers to 250 characters. Polls can be of any duration as set by the poll creator.
Contributors & Developers
“Qbloc by Qwanz” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
- Inital release