If you're planning an event with Q&A, you might want to know what questions your audience will have before the meeting starts. There are a few reasons to do this. 

  • Gathering questions before the event gives you an opportunity to prepare answers to those questions.
  • It gives your attendees time to think about the topic. They can see the other questions and upvote the ones are most important to them.
  • Often one question will inspire others. Collecting questions before the meeting starts minimizes the number of questions people will want to ask after the event.
  • Collecting questions early allows people to do it at their desk, which can be helpful to people who have trouble with mobile devices.

The setting we have to do this is called "Pre-Meeting Questions". You access it through the Q&A Settings page.

Once pre-meeting questions are enabled, anyone with the link will be able to submit questions. In the Presenter view, there's an alert that pre-meeting questions are enabled.

If you open the attendee view, you will see just the Q&A section. Attendees will be able to upvote, comment and submit questions.

Questions asked before the event will be marked as "pre-meeting" questions in the final report.

A few things to note:

  • Sometimes an attendee will submit their pre-meeting questions on their computer but use their mobile device during the event. Because they use 2 browsers, an anonymous system will not be able to link their pre-meeting question with their event activity, such as polling. 
  • Entry requirements will be enforced on pre-meeting questions. This includes prompting for name or email, a password, unique entry codes and SSO.
  • Attendees will not get the entry survey before the meeting starts. They will be able to submit questions without answering any polls.
  • There is no time limit on meetings. If you want  to force an entry survey and collect pre-meeting questions, you can simply start the meeting weeks or months in advance. (Questions will be date-stamped, but not marked as "pre-meeting" in that case.)

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