Welcome to Tug of Vote! This is a tool for simple-to-use team-based decisionmaking. It enables you to easily perform both pro/contra and ranked-choice votes between mutually trusting individuals.
This is most likely why you're here. To vote in a poll you've been sent, go to the bottom of the page to a section labeled "Vote".
If it's missing, this means that either the time on the poll has run out or that the person you got screwed up and sent you the wrong link.
If it's there, you'll see fields for a username and PIN. The PIN isn't limited to digits and can have up to 70 characters. Fill these in
with whatever you like, they're only valid for this one vote and protect later edits to it.
Depending on whether you've been invited to a Poll or a Ballot, you'll see other options:
You can create a pro/contra poll on this page. You'll need to fill the proposal to be voted on and optionally a duration,
after which voting will close automatically. After that, you'll be automagically redirected to your new admin view. Here you can add your own
vote and end voting whenever you want to. Ending a poll is irreversible.
Further down, in the "Meta" field, you'll see four links. The first one gives access to the admin page. Keep it secret! The second one allows voting on the poll, you can share it to everyone that should be able to vote. The final two ones both only allow viewing the poll results, but the last one hides all names and reasons, showing only the total outcome. Everyone can see the all links that are lower-tier than their own, the order being Admin → Vote → View → View (Anonymized).
Ballots are similar to votes, but allow your users greater choice — between up to twenty options, or "candidates". They'll have to give usernames and PINs, like with polls, and then list their order of preference for these candidates (some more details above in the "Voting" section). ToV will calculate the winning order of candidates according to the Schulze/beatpath method. To start, go to this page and fill in your ballot's title, and the list of candidates in the big text area, one candidate per line. You can also set it to auto-close voting much like with polls. By default, Ballots hide the names of voters to protect them from the public judging their preferences, but when creating a ballot it is possible to change this. The vote form will inform you which is the case.
Lists allow you to group polls together. You can create a new list here. Once you fill in a title and a description
for it, you get redirected to a page where you can add links to polls or other lists to your list. In the "Meta" panel, you'll find two links.
The first one is for you and should be kept secret, as it allows access to this admin panel. The other one only allows viewing the list,
which also means access to all links in it. Share this link only with extreme caution.
You can add polls to your list either by copying any Tug of Vote link into the list manually using the "Append To List" form under "Admin" or by just creating a new poll directly linked to the list using the "Add a new poll to this list" link in the list area. This will redirect you to the new poll form and afterwards automatically add the vote link for your new poll into your list.
You can also set a Webhook URL in the admin panel. Pasting a Slack-compatible incoming webhook into here will notify you via that webhook every time a new poll is added to the list. If you use Discord, append
/slack to the link you got from Discord.
Finally, you can use "Regenerate Links" to revoke your old links and replace them, in case the links to the list have been compromised.
There are three ways to participate in a Doc: Commenting, Revising, and Reacting. For all three of them, you'll need a name and a PIN, which you can enter in the bottom left. Your credentials are only valid for the current Doc.
You can get a permalink to a specific revision by sharing the "View" link (on Desktop, right click and select "Copy Link") from the revision list. This will initially only display the revision itself, but also features a link to return to the full view.
What data we collect: To provide our services, we collect all data you submit, including poll, ballot and list descriptions/titles, vote names, reasons and PINs, ballot preference orders, doc revisions, comments, and reactions, as well as associated timestamps. These are retained indefinitely or until the owner requests their deletion. We also log high-level actions taken, including type of action (creation/deletion/update), type of resource, and in case of votes or revisions the associated name. All logs are expunged every 30 days, though aggregated and anonymized statistics may be retained indefinitely.
What we do with this data: All data is used exclusively for operation of our services. We do not share this data with any third parties with necessary exception of our hosting provider. You can always request deletion or correction of data by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. We will ask you to prove ownership of the resource you are attempting to alter. Do not send capability URLs via email. If we are asked to access user data by its owner or forced to do to investigate disruption of our service or for legal reasons, we will take utmost care to avoid sensitive information by redacting all data fields not immediately relevant to our inquiry.