For a while now, the ProposalSpace form builder has allowed call admins to place limits on text fields. For example, you could set a 200-word limit for a bio field or a 75-character limit for a title field. Any limit, however, was purely informational, which meant an author could exceed it and still submit the proposal. (The system would highlight the answer for call admins and reviewers, though, so they could easily tell if the author went over the limit.)
Now, if you set a limit on a text field, you can tell the system what to do if the answer exceeds the limit:
- Allow the proposal to be submitted and highlight the answer for call admins and reviewers.
- Consider the proposal incomplete and do not allow it to be submitted.
Thanks to the call admins who suggested this improvement… Keep the great ideas coming!
If you’re a call admin, the next time you go into the general-settings area for your call you’ll see a new field (labeled “Public Description”) that you can use to customize the text that gets displayed on the public call-details page (aka the call landing page).
Previously, there was only one field (Call Description) that was used for both the public call-details page and at the top of the new-proposal page. Some of our users pointed out that displaying the same content on the two pages could be confusing, so we added the second field. Now, the public call-details page will display the text from the Public Description field instead of the Call Description field. (The text in the Call Description field will continue to be displayed on the new-proposal page.)
We’ve made sure the change is backwards compatible, so if there is no text in the Public Description field, the text from the Call Description field will continue to be used on both pages.
We’re really excited to announce a new feature in ProposalSpace: text limits.
Call admins can now assign a word or character limit to any text field in a proposal submission form or role form. Just select “Word Limit” or “Character Limit” from the pull-down menu in the question settings (right, top), then enter the number of words or characters you want for the limit (right, bottom).
We designed the feature to follow Twitter-like rules, so responses are allowed to exceed the limit. Extra text is displayed with ellipses, which can be clicked on to reveal the full response (right).
Check it out and let us know what you think!
Call administrators now have the option of testing a call in ProposalSpace before making it live.
Here’s how it works:
- Once your call is complete (has all the information required for activation), you simply click a button to place it in “test mode”.
- The system automatically generates a special URL, which you and your testers use to create and submit test proposals.
- Administrators, review chairs and reviewers have full access to the call—as if it were active—for three days.
- After three days, the call is automatically taken out of test mode. If you need more time, just let us know. We’ll be glad to extend the test period.
- Any data entered during the testing period is automatically deleted when you activate the call.