The Blind Reviews feature allows administrators to keep specific information in submissions hidden from team members/reviewers. For example, in a photo contest, administrators may choose to hide any identifying information about the submitters, so that reviewers will only see and judge the photographs.

By default, the submitter’s name, email address, and cover letter will be hidden from reviewers at or below the team member level specified by the administrator*. The administrator may also mark specific form fields as Blind in the Form Designer.

To Set Up a Blind Review Process:

1. Go to the Forms page and click on the specific form for which you’d like to have a blind review process.

2. Click the Form Designer tab. From the Toolbox, drag and drop a new field to your form and click on it to edit it, or click on an existing field. All fields except for the Title field have a Blind checkbox. Checking the Blind checkbox will make the information submitted in that field hidden from reviewers at or below your specified blind level.

3. Go to the Assignments & Notifications tab. Click the Blind Level dropdown menu to set a Blind Level. Any team member at or below this level will not see the submitter’s name, email address, or any fields you have marked Blind in step 2. For example, if you select Level 2, then all Level 2 and Level 1 reviewers will be unable to see the submitter's name, email address, or the content of the fields you marked as Blind.  

4. Click Save Form to save your changes.

5. When a submission is set to be blind, reviewers at or below the blind level will see (blind) under the submitter name column in the submissions list.

6. When viewing the submission in the Submission Details page, any blinded responses will show as [Blind] instead of showing the submitter's response.  

Note: If your organization is using Submittable's new form engine with Projects. administrators have the option to completely hide blinded fields (instead of show the query with [Blind} as the response. To do this, check the Hide Blind Fields box under the Notifications Tab in any Project.

Note: If you choose to require that the submitters enter their mailing addresses as part of the submission process (this option is available by checking the ‘Require Address’ checkbox under More > Account > Profile), submitters’ mailing addresses will also be hidden by default from any blind-level reviewers.

Note: Once a submission has been switched to a terminal status of Accepted, Declined, or Completed, all blind settings are removed from the submission, and submitter information will be viewable to site admins as well as assignees.

Questions? Contact us at support@submittable.com.

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