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Improved timezone selection and other news

Our timezone selection has always been a pain for our users — and, as a consequence, for us too. It was very cumbersome to find the correct timezone in an overly long list of countries, cities, and timezone abbreviations. With our latest release, we have introduced a new UI element that should make things much easier:

Timezone selection

Now, if you want to adjust a poll’s timezone, you can first select your country and then one of the major cities that represent your timezone. And you can use the search field to quickly narrow down the candidates.

“Can’t make it”

If none of the options offered in a poll suit you, there is now a short-cut button to decline all options. Simply enter your name and click “Can’t make it”. We also think that this additional button makes life easier for our first-time users who might otherwise not know how to decline all options.

"Can't make it"

Straight to the dashboard

Most of our users appreciate that they don’t have to register to use Doodle. However, if you are a registered Doodle user, you benefit from a number of advantages. One of these is a dashboard with an overview of all your polls. And as of today, registered users will be taken directly to that dashboard rather than the regular homepage when they access www.doodle.com. You can always visit the homepage by clicking on the Doodle logo on the top left.

Mandatory e-mail address

Previously, we did not require you to enter your e-mail address when creating a poll. However, the vast majority of our users always entered their e-mail address. And those who didn’t often ran into problems — e.g., because they lost the admin link (or even the participation link) to their poll. So we decided to make life easier and more consistent for everybody by requiring a valid e-mail address for all new polls.

Revamped admin mails

We love to experiment and try out new things on our quest to make Doodle as user-friendly as possible. Many things work, but some things don’t. Our latest redesign of the admin mail confused a lot of our users so we went back to the drawing board and came up with an alternative that should now please all existing users as well as new ones.

Let us know if they don’t.

2 comments on “Improved timezone selection and other news

  1. A friendly warning about the new “Can’t make it” button:

    A new user may not think “Can’t make it” declines all options, but instead declines the options he or she has selected (checked).

    A new user may press the “Can’t make it” button after checking the boxes for the appointment times for which he or she cannot make it to the event. He or she might think that will mark himself or herself as unavailable (“can’t make it”) for **just those times** (not for all possibilities). (A user might choose to do things that way in the case where marking the bad times takes less time than marking the good ones.)

    It that case the user would, of course, appear to the poller not be able to make it to the event at all, when that is not the case. (Is there any feedback to the user, after clicking the “Can’t make it” button, that this is the message he or she is sending, and an option to confirm that or return to the poll?)

    To make this problem less likely I suggest you rename the button to the clearer “Can’t make it at all”.

    (Even if there is a proper feedback+confirmation step, which should mean the poll will not be filled in incorrectly, it would still save some users time and frustration.)

    — AM

  2. A friendly warning about mandatory e-mail addresses:

    Hopefully the access code for each poll is **still provided on the screen** after setting up the poll (and not just e-mailed to the poller).

    If not, some people may decline to use the site in a few situations.

    So far I have entered my e-mail address when setting up a Doodle poll, but that is because I have always had secure access to my e-mail when I have been setting up a poll. There are use cases where that is not true.

    If a person were travelling and using internet cafe computers, for instance, he or she may want to administer a poll but not sign into his or her e-mail account and potentially compromise that account.

    — AM

    By continuing

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