Manage data of multiple visitors without user accounts


#1

Hey, we want to use meteor for an online study design: people answer a form and enter some additional information (e.g. set a cover photo - this happens before starting/displaying the form, putting it in the form is not an option).

I don’t really want users to need to create an account (this usually deters potential study participants), however I need to save form+photo information from multiple users, potentially accessing the site at roughly the same time.

How do I do this while making sure the information of one user stays together? I know (theoretically) how to save stuff in a database, but I’m unsure on what happens when different users access the site at the same time.

Please bear with me - I’m not a computer scientist, but a student of social science, however I’m eager to learn. Any help is appreciated :slight_smile:


#2

That’s easily answered: Each user gets his own instance of the site - as long as you yourself do not program for interaction between users, then there will be no interaction.
If you then save their answers into a database (any sane database, really) their entries will automatically get a unique id. Of course it’s then up to you to make sure that you can link those answers to your questionaires but that’s trivial.


#3

Okay, that’s great, thanks for the quick answer (sounds like even I will be able to do it).