Change a survey after publication

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2 years 8 months ago #111592 by KolyaKorruptis
KolyaKorruptis created the topic: Change a survey after publication
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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2 years 8 months ago #111597 by holch
holch replied the topic: Change a survey after publication
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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Some helpful links: Manual (EN) | Question Types | Workarounds

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2 years 8 months ago #111599 by KolyaKorruptis
KolyaKorruptis replied the topic: Change a survey after publication
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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2 years 8 months ago #111603 by holch
holch replied the topic: Change a survey after publication
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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Some helpful links: Manual (EN) | Question Types | Workarounds

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