Allow for the responders name or email address to be present in the list of responders and not "anonymous"
When a form is sent out to someone outside of your network, the responder comes back as Anonymous. This makes it hard to track who has responded.
this needs to be sorted asap for easy collation of data
Rahul Gupta commented
I don't like google forms, but I'm annoyed that ms forms doesn't have this funcion.
Even though google did 'copy' microsoft, because this function isn't here, I'll just have to use Google Forms
IS this still not resolved?
It is a big let down...Google forms seems to function better
I'm surprised that this original question hasn't been resolved since first posted in 2016! This is very odd.
So, my question is who is the administrator of this website and forum. Why are you gathering these suggestions and then nothing is ever done with them. Will Microsoft ever listen and get the message that some of us would love to use Forms to provide quizzes and survey; however, we are not always sending them only to people in our organization. Some of us teach people from many different groups and organizations, so we can never use MS Forms to gather information or give quizzes that are not anonymous. How is it that this has been an issue for 3 years and no one has done anything about it? Or is this suggestion box a complete farce and hoax with no one doing anything with the information?
Please MS, add a function that allows anonymous respondants to name their responses and let the admin of a Form see the respondants name in the drop-down list even when the users are "Outside the organization".
It's impossible to work with hundreds of responses named Anonymous 1, 2, 3...
This should be captured automatically. Please fix this soon.
Come on Microsoft... it should not be this difficult. Please fix this!
3 years since the original post... are u seriously telling me this has not being fixed? ...
Casey Weig commented
This would allow us to stop using our current survey solution and use Forms. Our survey solution uses unique links per respondent which would be one way to do it. We then email those links out and can track who responded, and weed out bad data when someone responds multiple times.
Using a required field to self report identity is less than ideal. Respondents will find a way to make it impossible to tie a response to the list the survey was emailed to.
I hate Doodle Polls, and I was super excited to be able to use Microsoft Forms to present a better way to poll our board members. The pie charts are great, and I love the presentation of information. But it seems like there's always a catch with Microsoft - I'm glad I tested the form before sending it out, because when I went to see the results in the pie chart data, each one is attributed to "anonymous". Blown away that the only way for respondents to have their name actually linked to the results in the charts is for them to be Microsoft 365 users. Really?!
I have a name field that's required. But given the option for multiple responses to each of my questions, looking at the answers in the excel worksheet to see them by name is just headache inducing.
As others have said, this is basic.
Nathan Petralia commented
This is a rather basic requirement in my honest opinion. MS please think beyond "own company". What if you want to send customer feedback or opinion forms to customers? Customers won't want to be bothered typing in their full details most of the time. Customized links that populate the name, email are very basic on other forms building websites.
A simple workaround right now is making a required field for name and email address but I think fixing this will really be good for the product.
It is important to have the possibility to send the form to everyone (with the link) and then there should be the possibility, to define one question in the form as "this is the name" field, which is then used as a name.
This would make it quite easy to not only choose a name, but for some projects, it may be a part number, customer number, order number...you name it.
Agree with previous comment. If you want to review a summary of each submission the dropdown lists them all as 'Anonymous'.
I have the same question. I share a questionnaire outside my company and also ask for contact information of the respondent. This is not anonymous, however there is a sentence above the questionnaire that it is anonymous. I cannot remove this statement.
Hi MS, would like to remove the default email column (which includes the name "anonymous"). I've already created questions for users to input their name, email etc so the default Email column is redundant. However, I can't seem to remove it.
Under responses, all users are shown as anonymous because of this issue.
Could you kindly provide a timeline for such a fix?
Please advise thanks.
Brenda Kaye Foreman commented
When allowing anyone to answer the person should be able to include name and/or email address. It should be an alternative to anonymous.
This would help when refining results when viewing through the forms page.
If you include the questions, First Name, Last Name, email address; this will be included in your results.
N. Harzic commented
I have a similar problem to the one described above. A member of staff sent out a form having ticked "Anyone with the link can respond" but he did not realise that the form would not register email addresses or respondent names. The words "Anyone with the link can respond" did not make it clear to him. When the responses came back every response was marked anonymous, we tried to retroactively switch on "Only people in my organisation can respond" but it was too late. Could I request that it is made clearer that in selecting "anyone can respond" NO username details will be collected and the responses will all be anonymous?
This caused a big problem as the whole questionnaire had to be done again.