SharePoint surveys can be pretty handy… they allow content owners to quickly create surveys for a site… but there are a few pretty big issues I have with surveys that I would love to see changed.
I would like for surveys to allow reader response submittal upon initial creation and not after you go in and adjust the security settings to allow readers (or whatever role) to respond to the survey. I would think the majority of surveys created would be for the mass user base of a site and not for a small select group of users that are assigned to a particular user role.
It is not intuitive at all for a user to complete a survey then scroll back up the top of the survey and select a Save and Close link for submitting a survey. Surveys should look like surveys/online forms and have a Submit button below the survey text.
Improved handling of graphical representation of responses
I think a lot of cool stuff could be done with the graphical summary view. For one, some sort of filtering out of questions that are free form text responses. Currently a “what do you think” type survey question will spit out a giant list of responses each with its own bar graph showing only one response.
Would like to see a switch from bar charts to pie charts and the ability to export out the graphical summary so the charts could be used in documents or presentations.
Default View of Survey should be… the survey!
The mast majority of users who will see this survey are visiting it to submit a response. The default overview view should be left as an available action link or view or accessible via a “View Survey Results” from the survey screen.
Improve the Rating Scale Question Type
Quite frankly it is just difficult to use and apply. Need to increase customization abilities and ease of use.