About Scattervox

What is Scattervox?

Sites devoted to creating and answering polls abound on the internet:

  • "What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?"
  • "Who was the greatest baseball player of all time?"
  • "Who will you vote for in the election?"

Polls like this are useful...to an extent. But life can't always be summed up as "I like A better than B." Sometimes, our opinions, tastes, and ideas are more complicated than a single multiple-choice question.

That's why I created Scattervox. Scattervox takes a popular "infographic" format, the four-quadrant scatter plot, and makes it interactive. When a user creates a poll, he asks visitors to rank various items on two axes. For example, I may ask voters to rank different cars in terms of cost and dependability. Or to think about how different baseball teams' payrolls relate to their success on the field. Interesting questions with complex answers: That's what Scattervox is all about.

Once you've created your poll, other users "vote" quickly and easily by clicking on it. As more users vote, Scattervox computes the average "position" of each of the items you asked them to rank and displays it for everyone to see. You can even copy and paste "widget code" for your question into your own web site or blog to display the results there. Quick, easy, and fun!

Who created Scattervox?

Scattervox was created by Michael Curtin. I did it for kicks and because I thought it would be useful. Advertising pays the bills and maybe allows me to take my wife out for dinner from time to time. I hope you enjoy it.

Credit where credit is due

I used several excellent code libraries to create Scattervox: