How do Dotmocracy Sheets compare to multi-voting with stickers?

Traditional dot-voting (aka multi-voting or sticker voting) is essentially asking participants to place stickers or written marks next to ideas one likes, usually written on easel paper by a facilitator.

See an article that fully explains the traditional dot-voting process.

The Dotmocracy process, with its specially designed Dotmocracy Sheets, rules and instructions, improves on the traditional multi-voting with stickers approach in several key ways. 

Here is a comparison chart:

Multi-voting with Stickers

Participants can read and dot as many or as few ideas as they please. There is no practical limit to the number of ideas posted.

Participants need to review all the ideas before dotting their favorites. The more ideas, the more impractical it is for any person to sensibly read and compare them all.

The agreement scale makes clear the levels of agreement, disagreement and confusion for each idea relative or independent of any other.

Dots only give results relative to other ideas.

Does not recognize levels of disagreement and confusion.

Add new ideas at any time.

All ideas have to be presented at the same time.

Recognize priority between similar, related or hybrid ideas, i.e. allows for the importance of subtle differences to be discovered.

Similar ideas can cause vote-splitting, so facilitators are forced to amalgamate variations of an idea, i.e. ideas are generalized and differences are lost.

Signatures validate that the number of dots is one per a person. Using pens dots can not be altered.

It is impossible to recognize fraudulent dotting, e.g. adding extra stickers or moving stickers.

One dot per person on each sheet means you can always recognize how many people have expressed agreement.

Allowing multiple dots per a person makes it impossible to tell the difference, for example, between five dots from one person, or five people with one dot each.

Documented rules and requirements promote consistency and reliability of results.Each facilitator tends to apply their own set of rules, depending on the situation.
Any participant can present a detailed idea in their own words without the bottleneck and filter of a facilitator. In effect, many more ideas can be posted in a much shorter period of time.Although some facilitators will  invite participants to write ideas themselves on separate sheets, most facilitators tend to do the writing themselves on easel paper.

The letter-size Dotmocracy sheets can be easily scanned, photocopied, and archived in a binder or folder.

Although letter-size sheets can be used, large easel paper is typically used, which is awkward to store and review.

Each sheet includes space for recording comments.

Typically comments are not recorded on each idea.

Materials required: Dotmocracy sheets, pens and a writing surface (tables or wall with tape and/or clipboards).Materials required: Markers, (Easel) paper, stickers, tape.