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Free form polls

Post open-ended questions in Slack and let participants to respond freely.

What’s it for

Actioner’s Poll app allows you to post open-ended questions, enabling participants to respond freely; we term this as Free-form.

This feature is especially beneficial for gathering qualitative feedback or when you're uncertain about specific options and wish to allow team members to offer diverse inputs. Examples include:

  • Feedback gathering: "What improvements do you suggest for our current workflow?"
  • Ideas generation: "Any suggestions for the theme of our next marketing campaign?"
  • Concerns/Issues: "Are there any challenges you're currently facing while working remotely that you'd like to share?"

How to create Free form Slack poll

You can create 4 types of polls; Emoji polls, Numbered polls, Select-list polls and Free-form polls

  1. To create a Free-form poll in Slack, all you need to do is call Poll (type /poll), select Create a poll and choose Free-form.
  2. First, you need to choose which channel to post your poll and type your question.
  3. You can select whether and when to make responses anonymous. 
  4. In addition to scheduling, you can set a closing time for your poll as well.
  5. When you’re ready click Create poll. Once the poll is posted, everyone can provide responses through the Submit response button.

View responses action button in the notification allows you to view responses in real-time. You can also send reminders to participants, and edit, close, or save the poll as a template using Settings button. 

After the poll closes, you can easily check the responses again by clicking View responses action button and share them in your preferred Slack channel.

How to get started

  1. Install the Poll app to your Slack workspace
  2. Call Poll (type /poll) and select Create a poll.

Some other handy workflows

Conduct polls in Slack

Choose the ideal poll type and launch instant polls in Slack.


Ready-to-use poll templates

Utilize a library of poll templates for Slack


Save polls as templates

Save polls as templates in Slack to run them whenever you need.


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Frequently asked questions

Unable to create polls using the poll/ keyword

Ensure that Actioner is added to the Slack channel where you're attempting to create the poll. Remember, Actioner can only interact with public channels. Additionally, you don't need to message the intended poll channel directly; create a separate channel, invite Actioner, and during poll confirmation, you can specify the channel where the poll will be posted.

Can I close a poll ahead of the scheduled time?

Absolutely. Once your poll is live, navigate to Settings and select Close the Poll to end it manually.

Is it possible to post a scheduled poll immediately?

Yes, you can. When a poll is scheduled, you'll receive a DM from the Poll app with details and options to Post the poll now or Cancel the poll. Click Post the poll now to share it ahead of the scheduled time.

Why can’t I make responses anonymous for Emoji polls?

Emoji polls record responses through visible emojis, and Slack does not currently support hiding the identities of emoji responders. Hence, anonymity isn't an option for emoji polls.

Why does the emoji poll have a warning about emoji spamming?

The Poll app takes around 2 seconds to log an emoji vote. If you send another emoji during this window, it could invalidate both responses. To prevent this, please wait a few seconds between sending emojis in polls.

Is there a limit on the number of custom poll templates I create?

No, there's no limit. Feel free to create as many custom poll templates as you need.

Is it possible to change the poll settings after it has been created?

Yes; when your poll is successfully posted, you can change poll settings through Settings and then Edit Poll buttons. You can update the closing time of your poll, anonymity settings, and multiple response options.

How do I select people to respond to a poll?

Currently, there is no setting in the Poll app that blocks people from responding to a poll but you can create a new channel for your poll to send and invite only the people whom you want to submit their responses to your poll.

Can I have multiple questions on a single poll?

At this time, you can't, but we will implement that feature in a future update.

Can I use Actioner Poll for free in Slack?

Yes, Actioner Poll is entirely free for users. You can get started right away.