Basically what we need is a custom poll with two sections: an administrator section where the survey can be configured, and a participants section that the participants of the survey will see. Both are detailed below.
This is the page where the participants of the survey vote. In order to access it, the participant must log-in with a username (the page must be limited to 200 logged-in users at every given time). It should be a very clear, simple page, with a dynamic (moveable) dial in the middle. The dial design should follow the out-line of the dial in the attached image file (A Dial Design Illustration). The dial's range (and the options connected to it) will be based on the Administrator's input (detailed in the next section). The idea here is that once the Administrator activates the survey, the participants will be able to move the dial left and right, in realtime, by moving their mouse accordingly, until the Administrator decides to stop. For an illustration see the attached PowerPoint file (PARTICIPANTS PAGE).
This will be the sort of 'control panel', if you will. We want the administrator (basically, us) to be able to build a survey whose options are as follows: The "title" of the survey, the labels at each side of the aforementioned dial [example: "support abortions" versus "oppose abortions"], and the range of the dial [example: "0" to "10"]. The page will also have two buttons: "Create" button, and "Activate/Stop" button. Once the "Create" button is pressed, the PARTICIPANTS PAGE is updated with the title, labels and range the administrator inserted. Also, a link to the PARTICIPANTS PAGE is being generated and displayed in a designated field in the ADMINISTRATOR PAGE.
The link will be sent to the participants (manually, by the administrator). Once the participants log-in to the PARTICIPANTS PAGE with a username, the administrator is shown a list of users currently logged in. Once he sees that everyone is there, or even if some are missing, he can click the "Activate/Stop" button to start the survey.
What happens next is that a clock will start taking time (this will be done in the background, invisible). The participants can move the dial left and right between the options, whatever they may be, by moving their mouse accordingly. However, while this is happening, their changes are being recorded in the backend.
The administrator will at some point click again on the "Activate/Stop" button, at which point the survey ends. When that happens, we would like a graph to be produced on two axes, where the Y axis is the AVERAGE of all the participant's answers (recorded in 5 seconds intervals) and the X axis is time (in second). The recipients would receive notification saying that the survey has ended, and that they are free to leave the site.
The application should remain as simple as possible, yet elegantly designed. It would probably require Flash or HTML5 skills. The work must be done by Wednesday the 11th. Upon receiving the product we'll have to test it, and you should remain available in case there's some debugging to do.
Important - should the product be satisfactory and meet our requirements, we intend to further develop and improve it, in which case we will strongly consider keep using the services of whoever builds the first version of the product.