About StrawPoll

StrawPoll provides a platform for users to create various types of polls. The most popular type are straw polls, which can be used to easily find the majority in a group with different opinions. The name "straw poll" was embossed in web culture since Usenet (since 1979) as a synonym for this type of ad-hoc, unofficial votes. We do our best to fight voting fraut with various methods (read below), but we cannot guarantee to completely eliminate it. Therefore, our straw polls shouldn't be used in political context, in which the right term of this type of polls is honor-system polls.

Online Polls for More Than Ten Years

It all began with "strawpollnow.com", a website that started a Twitter polling service in 2007. Ahead of its time, it was still not a major breakthrough in online voting. In 2014, we launched "strawpoll.de" with a fresh redesign in our home country, Germany. It quickly conquered the world with aeasy-to-use and ad-free, multi-langual site. Many people even outside of Germany used the German-language website, so we thought about our possibilities to become internationally active. It took some time to negotiate, but finally in early 2017, we acquired "strawpoll.com" to give our international, years-old business the web address it deserves.

User Experience Matters

There is no need to hide the fact that there are already many other online voting services on the Internet. In order to be better than the others, we try to provide the best user experience, easy navigation and fast sharing possibilities. Just to make sure that you and your voters enjoy using our service again and again. At every step of the way, from creating and sharing to evaluating your poll, we optimize the process from the ground up. If you think something could be done even better, we are always open to hearing from you!

Fighting Voter Fraud Matters Even More

The most important part of a successful online voting platform is to combat vote rigging from the outset. Having already got the voting bots and scripts under control, the next big thing was to prevent double voting by changing IP addresses via VPN or proxies. We are happy to announce that we implemented a VPN detection system in our backend to eliminate (almost) all fake votes of VPN users. Have fun with voting!

Interested in Tech?

Our tech stack is quite simple. We are Perl fans and always interested in the latest web standards and technologies.

Everything runs on Debian 10 and behind a nginx reverse proxy with gzipped content delivery to ensure fast page loading times. The main server is located in Beauharnois, Qu├ębec, Canada to keep ping times low for as many users as possible.

Attribution

All icons we use are FontAwesome icons and (mostly) all our graphics are from vector images by © irinastrel123, licenced via Adobe Stock (stock.adobe.com).