Ask Me Anything (Anonymously)

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Easily add a page or widget using a shortcode where users can ask you questions anonymously and list them with your answers. Works on Multisite.

Author:Arun Basil Lal (profile at wordpress.org)
WordPress version required:2.7
WordPress version tested:5.8
Plugin version:1.4
Added to WordPress repository:20-04-2016
Last updated:21-07-2021
Rating, %:100
Rated by:4
Plugin URI:http://millionclues.com
Total downloads:11 918
Active installs:700+
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The Ask Me Anything (AMA) plugin lets you add a form on your website where users can ask you questions anonymously.

The AMA plugin uses the shortcode [askmeanythingpeople] to add the form. It also lists the questions and answers neatly. There are 20 attributes and few example configurations are listed towards the end of this description.

The included shortcode generator lets you easily configure and customize the shortcode. You will find it in WordPress Admin > Settings > Ask Me Anything (see screenshots page). All you have to do to create the AMA page, is to install the plugin, and copy the shortcode from the generator into a page or post.

Live Example [NOTE: Questions and tests posted here are unanswered and deleted. Please use the support forum for questions.]

AMA saves questions as WordPress comments. So comments have to be enabled on the page or post. You can use the shortcode on a text widget by using the page ID of the page or post in the post_or_page_id attribute of the shortcode. Please refer to the Installation page for more details.

Questions from users can be found along with your WordPress comments in WordPress Admin > Comments. You can reply to them here. Depending on your settings in Settings > Discussion, new questions will be held for moderation (if ‘Comment author must have a previously approved comment’ is checked) and you will be notified via email (if ‘Anyone posts a comment’ or ‘A comment is held for moderation’ is checked).

Main Features:

  • Questions and answers are WordPress comments. New database tables are not created.
  • Fully customizable using 20 shortcode attributes.
  • Easy to use shortcode generator in Settings > Ask Me Anything.
  • Compatible with most themes out of the box since it mostly uses WordPress default styles.
  • Proper CSS ID’s and classes to easily style if necessary.
  • Easily style your AMA page with built-in CSS box. Find it in Settings > Ask Me Anything > ‘Custom CSS’ tab.
  • Custom CSS can be minified and is loaded only on AMA pages.
  • Simple and effective spam/bot check via a test question. Test question can be customized.
  • Multisite compatible.
  • Translation ready.

How To Use Ask Me Anything

To create an AMA page, add the shortcode into a WordPress Page or Post.

Default usage:

[askmeanythingpeople]

List the 5 most recent questions and answers on the sidebar:

[askmeanythingpeople post_or_page_id="123" questions_per_page="5" show_question_box="false" show_navigation="false"]

Note: This assumes that 123 is the page or post id that is the dedicated Ask Me Anything page.
Refer the ‘Installation’ page for more details.`

Complete Attribute List With Default Values

Here are all the available attributes and their default values.

post_or_page_id="0"
latest_first="true"
anonymous_name="Someone"
success_text="Your question is saved and will appear when it is answered."
question_box_title="Your Question"
placeholder="In the spirit of keeping it anonymous please do not leave any personal information."
test_question="What is 7+5?"
test_answer="12"
ask_button_text="Ask Anonymously"
answer_list_title="Answers So Far.."
no_answers_text="Be the first to ask!"
questions_per_page="10"
avatar="monsterid"
avatar_size="96"
show_question_box="true"
show_answers="true"
show_navigation="true"
show_test_question="true"
show_do_action="false"
give_thanks="false"

Please read the Installation page and FAQ page for more information. If you still have questions, please the Support page for help, bug reports and new feature requests.

If you like my plugin, please rate it and give me credit by setting the give_thanks attribute to true (default is false) in the shortcode. Thanks!


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