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how do you do a poll in confluence?

We use confluence for technical documentation

Now the company wants to use it as an intranet, after our recomendation.

But to our shock, confluence seems to have no intranet features at all.

How does one conduct a poll? This is the most basic feature which all the free wiki/CMSs (e.g. drupal, mambo, joomla, phpnuke, wordpress etc) have.

The only thing I can find is a paid for survey plugin which costs $500, which is completely out of reach for a small company just to ask to vote where to have a the christmas party.

Any ideas? It has to be free.

It would be a shame to have to manage confluence AND another wiki system just of the intranet.

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Thomas Schlegel Community Leader Jun 26, 2012
Hi John,

the survey plugin is free:



Joe Clark Atlassian Team Jun 26, 2012

Yep, we use the Survey plugin's "Vote macro" on Atlassian's Confluence intranet too, and it works pretty well :)

Survey plugin is a nice find. Unfotunately, it doesnt work on 4.2 (which we have), only on 4.1.2.

Ill get the team to hold on until its updated.

Joe Clark Atlassian Team Jun 28, 2012

Even thought it's not explicitly marked as compatible with Confluence 4.2, there's a good chance it will work fine anyway - you should test it out and see how you go :-)

Survey plugin is not free anymore.. is there an alternative?

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Is there a free supported poll plug in please? 

I'm also shocked that there is no basic poll or survey feature in Confluence.  It is a such a basic component of a collaboration tool.  C'mon Atlassian!

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Oops sorry - Didn't see Chad's comment from earlier and don't know how to delete mine 😕

Is there a supported plugin though?

Ah, thanks Carol.  I'll check it out.  Gotta ask IT.


I still think Atlassian should have it part of standard-issue Confluence.

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Is there a free option for cloud ? 

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Pretty lame that a basic feature such as voting is not included as basic.

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none are free, is there a free alterantive or a function that will be added to confluence?

Hi Gabriella, did you come across any alternatives for this?

An integrated poll system is essential when running multiple work-from -home-teams.  As most platforms offer this plug-in for free, Confluence needs to support their customer base and stay with market competition trends.

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You may also want to try my Polls plugin, which lets you create simple polls to make choices or schedule events within Confluence:

I've created a ticket with Atlassian requesting they create an in-built macro for polling in Confluence. I'm amazed this is not already a feature. Please go and vote for the ticket! The more votes the more likely they are to make this change.

We are currently running Confluence 4.4.5 and the survey plugin works as designed, even though it's not explicity marked for this version. Although it seems it is only able to complete single-select and we're looking to incorporate multi-select options. I know the polls plugin includes this functionality, but I don't think we'd be able to justify the cost. Does anyone know of a way to incorporate multi-select options somehow using the survery plugin?


With "Polls and Questions For Confluence", you can add polls, set up colors and options, like one or multiple votes per person. End a vote and notify voters. I hope it will help.

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you might want to try Instant Polls. It has a very nice integration into Confluence pages, lots of configuration options and beautiful charts :)

I suppose it's how you set it up.  We've been using web-based products; Iframe macro 

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