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Change a survey after publication 2 months 1 week ago #111592

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When trying to publish a survey LS tells me that I won't be able to change a lot of things in this survey (questions, groups, anonymous responses, etc).

Now I completely understand why that shouldn't be possible in a survey. However I am trying to use LS for something different: As an input form for guided writing. People will send me articles via my LS survey. LS allows me to provide a structured input form, asking such questions as: What happened? Who did it? When? etc. The big W-questions.

Now in this use case changing a "survey" (actually an article input form) would be really useful. Of course I understand that this isn't what LS was created for, but I would be surprised if changing a survey was not possible at all, unless there is a technical reason?

Thanks for your help.
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Change a survey after publication 2 months 1 week ago #111597

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Changing the survey is of course possible, but you have to deactivate the survey first. But deactivating also means that the survey tables are somehow "archived", which means that the responses so far are more or less "gone" (there is an option to get them back if the changes to the survey allow, but I wouldn't want to rely on this, so always save the answers received).
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Change a survey after publication 2 months 1 week ago #111599

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Thanks, that's good to know.
I guess copying the survey would be an alternative. But either way, users won't be able to go back and change their previous entries I suppose.
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Change a survey after publication 2 months 1 week ago #111603

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Certain changes can also be done to a survey without deactivating (changing question text, etc.). What you can't do is adding or deleting items, changing question types, etc.
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