Limit the number of votes a user gets

So that users don't vote for everything, limit the total number of votes they have (which could perhaps be a number that is editable by the Aha! admin). Allowing more than one vote on an item for weighting would be helpful as well.

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  • Dec 12 2014
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  • Feb 2, 2017

    Admin Response

    We just launched two features which enable more intelligent voting. You can now:

    • Allocate the number of votes for each ideas portal user
    • Allocate the number of votes that can be applied to a single idea

    Learn more about our latest update to help you capture what matters most to your employees, customers and partners: 

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  • Gerald Cox commented
    May 05, 2015 06:47

    I would like to have this feature.

  • Jamie Burr commented
    May 14, 2015 20:58

    This is the main feature difference between Aha! Ideas and UserVoice. Capped voting limits (configurable by user, since some users may have more weighting than others), multiple votes per idea (one idea may be way more important than another for a user), and automatic collection (ie once an idea has moved beyond the "Needs Review" stage, all the votes on it are put back to the respective users) would be excellent to ensure that the system isn't just spammed and the users have to actually think about which ones they will truly advocate for. Much easier to determine each users "Top 10".

  • Neil Grayton commented
    June 08, 2015 12:23

    I would like to see that we can set against a User the number of votes they are allowed within a period of time, therefore focusing their minds on selecting Ideas which are really important to them rather than just up voting everything, I also like the idea of being able to add more weight to a vote on certain ideas, so maybe they have a number of credits in some way that can be shared across ideas.

  • Scott Parker commented
    July 28, 2015 18:19

    Ideally a customer gets X votes to "spend".  They would need to withdraw votes from one thing to add to another.  This would be HUGE and is a deciding factor in our evaluation.

  • Guest commented
    October 09, 2015 12:43

    Fantastic news that this is Likely to be Implemented.

    We've just been reviewing our RFC process, and the *only* reason I wasn't moving towards using the Aha! idea portal was the lack of vote limiting.

  • Ville Kyytsönen commented
    October 21, 2015 10:56

    Or give also negative votes :)

  • melroy coelho commented
    January 15, 2016 18:28

    Our Portal users need this feature implemented as it is seem as very important.

  • Guest commented
    February 26, 2016 14:23

    This is something we see a lot within our organization. Users are voting just to vote and it clouds the actual importance of an idea. We even have users that send out email blasts to get other users to go vote on their idea. It would help tremendously determine which ideas are most important to users if we could limit the amount of votes users get per week.

  • Roger King commented
    February 29, 2016 10:31

    Limiting the number of votes really forces customers to focus on what is REALLY important and therefore shows us as PMs what is RALLY important to our customers.

  • Cam Arntsen commented
    March 02, 2016 15:19

    Without  this, the voting has no value. Everyone can vote fro everything, and it all becomes equally important. 

    Without this imprtant feature, I am likely to use another product

  • Gurjeet Kaur commented
    March 11, 2016 12:30

    Would like to know when is this feature is required to streamline the inputs that come from the idea users.

  • Matt Schoemaker commented
    August 16, 2016 22:49

    Was about to request this (what I consider to be vital) idea myself and see that it has already been suggested. Votes need to be a limited and valuable resource, otherwise all of our internal users would vote for everything and I would be no closer to knowing which idea is more important. Users should have a quota of votes (set by admin) and they get used up on ideas. They can even vote more than once on an idea if they want to use up their quota on something they consider very valuable. Perhaps allow them to remove their votes from an existing idea and move them to another idea if they change their mind. If an idea gets rejected or approved, they get their votes back to use on something else. I know most of the above has been said before by other commenters, but wanted to lend more weight to this. Really, really important in my world! Treat a vote like cash, and it'll be used more wisely.

  • Donald Hasson commented
    August 25, 2016 14:00

    Let us set a limit of votes. Allow users to put multiple votes on an idea. Let us decide when to return votes (i.e. I may want to only return them when we set it to planning, as in dev actually started). 

  • Doug Evans commented
    August 31, 2016 23:42

    An additional win from limited votes is that once a feature is completed you can give votes back. This re-engages the user and encourages him/her to get into the system and vote again.

  • Ed Henderson commented
    September 05, 2016 18:47

    I just want to give a <thumbsup> to Jamie Burr's comment.. he hit the nail on the head. I would summarize as:

    • Each user has a total number of votes they are allocated
    • Users can use their votes all on one issue, or spread them out as their priorities dictate
    • Votes return to a user once an idea has passed a certain stage
    • Some users receive extra votes, but not sure what this would be based on. Possibly:
      • Submission of quality ideas (quality determined by other users upvoting them)
      • Longevity - long time Aha! users should be given more votes
      • Customer size - controversial maybe, but if my company spends a lot on Aha!, at least the Admin users should have a little extra voice IMO

    Currently, we lack the ability to really prioritize our tasks, and therefore, you lack the insight into what is most important to your userbase. If you implement this, you get a double-benefit. Everyone wins.

  • Roy Massie commented
    October 19, 2016 14:44

    Agreed on all comments.  This change would make the voting more meaningful for informing decisions. I doubt I'll use the voting without this.

  • Sjoerd Huisman commented
    February 03, 2017 08:47