Current option types and new ones we are planning

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Under the pulldown menu Options, currently you will see the following entries:

  • Text Only
  • YesNo
  • Question
  • Sign Up Sheet
  • Multiple Choice
  • Meet Up

This gives us the ability to extend the capabilities of dunnitt by including new types as users provide us feedback on what they see missing.

  • Text Only – These are for tasks or activities you set up for yourself or for some other person or a group of people. These are tasks such as Take the dog for  walk, Remember to pay the utility bill online, etc. You can create them for yourself or for somebody else – say to your assistant at work – Can you please cancel all my meetings next Tuesday?.  If you send it to a group of people, say – Put your deflector shields up!. Everyone will be able to see whether everyone is done putting up their deflector shields! 🙂 This is the default.
  • YesNo –  These are questions that require a Yes, No or Maybe answer.  For example, you could ask someone – Would you be able to make it to Susan’s party on Saturday?  The comment is an optional field where they could explain. If this is sent to a group of people in a dolist, everyone will be able to see everyone’s responses.
  • Question – This is to avoid calling someone on the phone or sending them email just to ask a simple question  – Who still remembers our 10th high school reunion? What do you remember about it?.  Can be sent to yourself if you are in a reflective mood – Where did I go wrong? 🙂 .
  • Sign Up Sheet –  This is to get people to sign up for various activities or things they need to bring to a camping trip or a party. Everybody can see everybody’s responses as and when they are entered in.  Sign up sheet for Friday’s Potluck at John’s house.
  • Multiple Choice –  Multiple Choice types have two options – Choose One, and  Choose All That Apply. The idea here is that sometimes you may want to poll a group of people about something- Which kind of food do people like to get tomorrow for lunch?,  you want to ask your coworkers. You choose Mutiple Choice, Choose One and then type in where it says Choices – Sandwiches, Chinese, Indian, Soup and Salad, No Thanks!. Or you could make the same, Choose All That Apply. In this case each person you send this to, can choose more than one choice. Everybody can see the vote tally up as of that time.
  • Meet Up Type  – This is useful for asking a group of people whether a certain date and time would work for them for a meeting or a group date, for example. Will this date and time work for everyone to meet for drinks at  Art’s pub, downtown? Then you select a date and time and send it off to a dolist called OffficeFriends. Each persons answers Yes or May be. If they answer No, They can suggest up to two alternative dates and times.  Everybody can see what works and what doesn’t for everyone. The organizer can then finalize and send out another final Meet Up request that works for all or a majority.

These are the existing option types. We are thinking of new ones. Here is a preliminary list.

  • BrainList –This is a cross between a BrainStorm and a Shopping List!  It is simply a list of 20 or so placeholders for one or more people to create a list collaboratively. The idea here is that you can fill out some of the placeholders, share it with one or more people, and all of them will be able to edit it any time. It could be an office Brainstorm – Give me me ideas on what activities we can arrange for our Office Christmas Party  or Suggest some restaurants we can go to after the Sunday’s ball game.  The same could be used as a shopping list that you fill out in the morning. You could be shopping in the store already while your spouse updates this list about some items that were forgotten from home. You could see the list as it is updated on your iPhone or other smartphone!
  • Compound Activity –  This is an activity that is composed of many sub-activities and each one is assigned to one or more people.

That’s what we are thinking of , so far!

Let us know what you think and what else could be useful for you!


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