Wed 21 Nov 2018 10:52PM

New feature: Score poll

GK Greg Kan Public Seen by 127


We've been asked for it many times, and now we've happy to announce that Score Poll is available in Loomio.

Score Polling is a simple but expressive voting process which captures the level of preference voters have for each option in the poll.

In practice this means voters choose a "score" from 0 to 9 for each option in the poll.

The wikipedia page on Score voting details the properties of this voting system quite well, if you're interested.

As organisations move away from the traditional consensus vote, the score poll will complement the advice process when it comes to decision making. It can be used to survey the range of preferences without implying or determining an outcome.

Try out our live demo here



Matthew Bartlett Wed 21 Nov 2018 11:03PM

Just running my first score poll right now! I might be in love.


Matt Noyes Thu 22 Nov 2018 12:37AM



Poll Created Thu 22 Nov 2018 12:56AM

Who would be best to bank with? Closed Sun 25 Nov 2018 12:02AM

Best could mean: most ethical, no card reader required for online banking, late closing time for branch, modern, nice app and online banking


Results Option Points Mean Voters
Cooperative 16 5.3 3
Metro Bank 14 4.7 3
Nationwide 14 4.7 3
Triodos 9 3.0 3
Barclays 8 2.7 3
Undecided 0 0 332

3 of 335 people have participated (0%)


Luke Flegg Thu 22 Nov 2018 12:57AM

8 - Metro Bank
5 - Nationwide
3 - Triodos
2 - Cooperative
0 - Barclays

I think we need to check if Nationwide still do business accounts


Luke Flegg Thu 22 Nov 2018 1:05AM

Very similar to dot vote but dots are per option, not per group of options. I like it. Somewhere between dot vote and proposal. I still think multiple proposals running together in competition is still best for multiple choice where you want to rule out options people have objected to.
All in all, great. Can imagine using this


Matthew Bartlett Thu 22 Nov 2018 10:52PM

I feel like score poll is actually kinda fun, in a way that most of Loomio is not that fun. (Good, serious, worthwhile, but not that fun.)


anna Sat 24 Nov 2018 11:40AM

This is excellent news, thank you! Can see using this all the time


Connor Sun 25 Nov 2018 9:56PM

Yesss! Range Voting is here!
My only concern is that people will still use the ranked choice option, thinking it's just another valid option, despite the fact that it's actually pathological and should be completely replaced by the Range Voting feature. Or as you've called it, Score voting.


Robert Guthrie Mon 26 Nov 2018 2:25AM

I'm really pleased that you're pleased!

I think the usefulness or correctness of ranked choice depends on the application. That said, I'm not sure how often people use it for an appropriate application, and I'm considering removing it, or making the set of poll types configurable by the group admin.


Greg Cassel Tue 27 Nov 2018 11:47PM

@adroit I'd disagree that ranked choice is inherently pathological, although it has a limited domain of effective usability. Actually I think it's the best way to make some difficult collective decisions, in which the collective must choose one or more options from a larger set of recognized options. For example, this is precisely why ranked voting exists, and I think that ranked voting is deeply preferable to plurality voting.

I'd certainly use ranked choice instead of score polling to make any official collective decisions. Score polling is deeply vulnerable to insincere tactical voting if it's used in official decision process. However, it holds immense potentials for general co-sensing and co-design process, so I'm really glad that Loomio has added it. :)

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