Q:What does LetsVoteNow.com do?
A: LetsVoteNow.com lets small groups quickly vote on topics of interest to them without having to sign up for anything, and without having to create yet another username and password and without ending up on another mailing list. It can be used to choose officers for a club, to decide which movie the group will attend, to figure out what restaurant to go to for lunch. Whatever you like.
Q:How does LetsVoteNow.com work?
A:1. You create a ballot on a topic you want your group to vote on, specifying how long voters have to vote and whether the votes will be anonymous within the group.
2. LetsVoteNow.com sends the email ballot to the group.
3. People vote by clicking on their choice on the ballot.
4. LetsVoteNow.com keeps track of the votes and sends out an email announcing the result when: a. an option receives a majority of the votes, b. all voters have voted, or c. the time alotted for voting has expired.
Q:Can you show me an example email ballot?
A:Sure. Here's one:
Vote on: Chess Club Election (email subject line)
Please vote on the following question:
Who should be the Chess Club president?
To vote, please click on one of the following choices within 30 minutes*:
Your vote WILL be seen by your fellow voters.
* In other words, by Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 2:49 am (GMT) according to LetsVoteNow's clock. (Click here for your local-time deadline.)
Q:Are you collecting email addresses to sell or to spam us?
A:No. Unless it is some kind of emergency or unless you write with a comment or question or something like that, Avenue M LLC does not plan to contact you. Also, we do not give anyone else permission to use the names and email addresses we collect and we don't intend to release them to anybody unless required to do so by law.
Q:Is my data secure on LetsVoteNow.com?
A:It is fairly secure. We delete information pertaining to a vote, including names and email addresses, usually within seconds after the vote has concluded, so at that point there is nothing to secure on our server. However, email addresses and subject lines are recorded by our third-party mailing service, JangoSMTP, which we use not for recording purposes but to give our email the best chance of being delivered and not put into spam folders. We have made it difficult for hackers to break into LetsVoteNow.com system, but we have a lot of respect for their ingenuity and so we do not guarantee anything. We recommend that you use LetsVoteNow.com for matters where security is a low priority.
Q:So what could go wrong?
A:Possibly lots, so don't rely on LetsVoteNow.com for critical tasks! Among other things, email ballots could be shunted into spam boxes, or hiccups in the Internet could cause ballots not to be delivered or to be delayed so that a voter cannot vote, or our website could crash at an inconvenient moment. Lord knows. You use LetsVoteNow.com entirely at your own risk.
Q:Doing anything else interesting on the Net?
A:A few things, like this old encyclopedia thing and a tool that lets you open your favorite web pages instantly, and this memory tool.
Q:Who owns LetsVoteNow.com and how do I contact you?
A:LetsVoteNow.com is a service of Avenue M LLC of California. If you didn't find your question answered here or want to report a bug or suggest an enhancement, you can contact brad AT bradhaugaard DOT com, but LetsVoteNow.com is a very part-time project, so I'm not sure I'll be able to fix bugs very quickly. Thanks for your patience.
Disclaimer: You use LetsVoteNow.com entirely at your own risk.