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Having participants enter a screen name lets the presenter identify responses from participants without requiring them to go through the full registration process. Sometimes, though, you might not want participants to identify themselves. You can decide whether or not you want participants to enter a screen name before they respond to your activities.
Using screen names
Participants can attach a screen name to their responses by typing in their name while responding to your Poll Everywhere activity. All subsequent responses will include that name.
If you decide not to use screen names, the system will auto-generate an ID. Choosing not to ask for a screen name can provide a bit of anonymity for sensitive subjects as participants won’t be able to identify who provided which response. Check out the Anonymous responses article for more information.
Enabling participant's screen names on activity
Step 1: To show participant screen names on the screen with your live activity, open the Visual settings menu for your activity.
Step 2: Scroll all the way down to locate the Message item section.
Step 3: Expand the section and scroll down to find Show participants. Click the checkbox and hit save.
Step 4: Open-ended and Q&A activities will showcase the screen names of your participants with their responses. Note: This does not work with other activity types that are not free text activities such as Multiple choice or Clickable image.
Enabling screen names as a Presenter
On the navigation bar, select the Profile icon in the bottom left of your screen and click Activity Settings. You’ll see the two options to select on the Participant screen names setting.
Helpful tip: This setting affects all activities. Selecting ‘Do not ask participants to enter screen names’ will prevent participants from using screen names on any activity you create.
This feature can also be disabled by your organization's administrators. If this is the case, and you wish to use it, contact the account administrators.
Enabling screen names as an Account Admin
If you are an account owner or admin, you can adjust how screen names can be used for all presenters in the Account admin settings.
Step 1: From the navigation bar, click the Account admin icon on the bottom left corner and then click on Activity settings.
Step 2: Within the settings, scroll down to "Default participant settings" to locate the "How do you want to identify participants?" section. Under the section, you have three options:
- Disable screen names
- Allow screen names on Competitions only
- Allow screen names on all activity types
Step 3: Select the screen name option you want then click the Save button at the bottom.