This guide will help you explore the option of adding URL parameters in Public sharing links for anonymous surveys that do not require the participants to authorize in the Engage platform.
What are the benefits of this feature?
A tool for organizing responses to anonymous surveys
URL parameters enable the administrators to create additional input right in the public sharing link of a survey that will be saved together with the participants' responses. This feature provides the possibility to better navigate and group the submissions to anonymous surveys without compromising the anonymity of the respondents.
Clear and uncomplicated rules of parameter building
The parameters are governed by a couple of easy to follow rules, they are quick to build and add to the survey link.
The Engage platform now supports adding one or several URL parameters that, upon submitting the survey response, are saved together with the participants' survey answers. This is a useful way how to sort the received responses to anonymous surveys.
This functionality is available only for surveys where participants are not required to authorize to fill them.
Set up URL parameters
To set up the URL parameters the link obtained in the section Public sharing has to be modified before sharing it with the participants.
1. Obtain the link of the survey from the section Public sharing: https//:engage.longenesis.com/survey/[survey code]
2. At the end of the obtained link, add a question mark (?) and the parameter right after it. Each parameter consists of key and value elements that can contain letters and the symbols -._―.
If it is planned to apply more than one parameter, they have to be separated by the ampersand symbol "&".
If other symbols are used in the URL parameter setup, they must be coded.
Coding must be done for such non-supported symbols in order for them not to conflict with the functionality of the link. E.g., such symbols as :/?#@!$&'()*+,;= must be coded.
Review the URL parameters in exported report files
After receiving the participant responses initiated by a survey link with URL parameters set up, they will appear in the exported participant response report files. For example, the JSON file format export files will display these parameters in the following way.