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Lockout – how to limit responses


Lockout only applies to Embedded Thermometers

“Lockout” is the length of time that a recipient is blocked from responding to the same Thermometer multiple times.

By default, an Embedded Thermometer can be clicked multiple times by the recipient. This ensures that the Thermometer can be used on multiple support tickets, and/or be sent to the recipient multiple times if appropriate.

You may choose to include a Thermometer on every email/ticket reply sent to a recipient, in order to track satisfaction throughout the customer journey.

Preventing multiple clicks

There may be instances where you want to prevent multiple clicks.

For example, if you only send the Thermometer after a ticket is closed, the recipient would only need to submit one rating. You may simply want to temporarily prevent people from submitting lots of ‘emotional’ responses, which could skew results.

To give you flexibility, we offer the option of setting a ‘lockout period’. It prevents unwanted additional responses from the same individual, for a specified length of time.

Anyone attempting to submit another response during the lockout period will see a page informing them that the survey is now closed.

Use with care, as you are limiting your recipients from giving you feedback.

How lockout works

Lockout uses the contents of the Email Address field to determine whether the person has already submitted a response.

In addition to this, the following Thermometer types also use the ‘Custom 1’ field, in combination with the Email Address field:

  • Zendesk
  • Desk.com
  • Kayako
  • Kaseya BMS
  • Vorex
  • Pulseway
  • Freshdesk
  • ServiceNow

The ‘Custom 1’ field in these Thermometers is set to contain the Ticket, or Case ID – which means that the same recipient can click another survey if it’s been generated from a different ticket, even within the lockout period.

It is available for each Thermometer:

If a lockout period is enabled on a Thermometer receiving anonymous results (Outlook / Gmail Thermometer), you will find that all further responses are blocked for the duration of the lockout period. This is because the contents of the email field will all ‘look’ the same, leading the lockout system to believe they are all the same person.

Do not use lockout with Outlook or Gmail signature Thermometers, unless you are certain that the feedback is 100% identifiable – ie using a 3rd party signature manager tool.

Updated on July 24, 2020

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