Each element that you add to your questionnaire will be automatically generated a data name. This is a name that will be used to identify this particular question in the results file. Answer options in multiple choice questions also have automatically generated option identifiers. Data names are automatically generated and are necessary for our system to track and order responses. You do not need to change them in any way, unless you have a specific reason for doing so.
If you do decide to edit them, remember these important conditions:
- Each data name or option identifier must be unique
- You need to do these changes BEFORE publishing the questionnaire. Changing data names during data collection can cause problems in organizing the results
You can find the element data name under the Response settings tab (click the pen icon to edit):
The identifiers for question options are included in the Response settings tab for each option (example from the Choose multiple element:
I'm trying to publish my survey but I get a warning saying Validation error?
This means that some of the data names in your survey are either missing or the same. Data names are used to track and order response data so that each response is linked to a specific question. You can fix this in the same warning 'box', simply write a new data name in the New data name box. A data name can be anything, such as a random string of numbers and letters. The system will always inform you if the one you have written is unsuitable, so don't stress about what you enter as the new data name.
Example of an validation error message:
Below you can see where these data names were missing in this example: