Comments/ Essay Boxes

What are Comments/ Essay Boxes?

Respondents can enter a determinable amount of text, in response to your set question or statement. They are designed to provide your participants with space to express their thoughts and comments, or write a short essay style answer to a question.

Why include a Comment Box/ Essay Box?

Comment/ Essay boxes allow respondents to form longer, open-ended responses. Therefore, they’re more suitable to questions that require a more detailed answer.

How do I create a Comment/ Essay Box?

  1. Create a Project
  2. Click ‘Add Page Items’ in the sidebar OR Scroll to the bottom of your survey and click the ‘Add Items’ button
  3. Drag and Drop Comment/ Essay box into the necessary place OR Click Comment/ Essay Box and then ADD TO PAGE
  4. Enter your question
  5. Navigate the Question Quick Menu for additional settings and customization

Default Settings

The text box will be set to manage four rows of text by default. You can increase, or decrease, the number of rows using the slider in the ‘Settings’ section of the Question Quick Menu. You can allow for between one and ten lines of text.

There will also be no ‘Input Limitation’ set by default, but this can be changed in the same menu as above.

Tips

  • These question types are great for providing agency to respondents, especially if they feel they have more to say. However, a large amount of text boxes can be mentally-taxing.
  • Your question should demand a straight-forward answer, or participants will become confused.
  • Specify what type of information you need to be input into the box, e.g. if you’ve set the box to only accept email addresses, make respondents aware of this.

Question Quick Menu

Inside the Question Quick Menu for Comments/ Essay Boxes you will find several options:

  • Undo: Reverse your previous action or measure.
  • Redo: Once ‘Undo’ is clicked, the option transforms into the ‘Redo’ button. This will restore your previous action or measure.
  • Delete: Permanently removes the question from the project.
  • Shrink/ Expand: This will change the size of your selected item. It will be referred to as ‘Resize’ in the results section of any project.
  • Move to Page: Select another page to move the question to.
  • Copy: Duplicate your question inside of the project.
  • Required: By checking this box, respondents cannot finish the survey without completing the question.
  • Settings: Opens additional, question specific, features and settings.

Question Settings Menu

  • Number this question: This button toggles the numbering for the concerned question.
  • Textarea height (rows): Customize the size of the textbox, and therefore the amount of text a respondent can input.
  • Input Limitation: Control what type of information participants can input. Toggle between ‘None’ (no Input Limitation), ‘Numeric’ (only numbers can be input), ‘Email’ (only email addresses can be input), and ‘Web Address’ (only URLs can be input).

How respondents interact with Comment/ Essay boxes?

An empty text field will be present beneath your set question or statement. Respondents can fill this space with their answer or comment.

Note: Press SHIFT + ENTER to start a new line of text, and just ENTER when done.

How to analyze the Quick Report?

The responses for Comments/ Essay Boxes will be listed under ‘Text Responses’ in your Quick Report. They will be ordered from newest response at the top of the list, to oldest response at the bottom. For more detailed instructions on analyzing your report, you can visit either of these articles: