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we are a team of researchers from the GSD Lab of the University of Waterloo (ON, Canada). We do research on configuration methods and algorithms and are conducting a study on the problems faced by users during the configuration of the Linux kernel. We would greatly appreciate it if you could answer this questionnaire: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...ZlFQTmdpQVE6MA
It should not take you more than 15 minutes to complete.
The survey is hosted on Google Docs because it is both convenient and lightweight. Unfortunately, my status does allow me to post the URL to our scientific credentials. If you want to know more about our recent activities and affiliations, please Google "GSD Lab Waterloo", select Lab Members, and then look for Yingfei Xiong and Arnaud Hubaux.
Any research institution has a web site and therefore has the ability to post information and requests onto it, such that people who are not members of said institution cannot do so.
Anyone can impersonate anyone. Your identity cannot be proved.
Let us assume for the sake of argument that you are, in fact, who you say you are. By not doing so in a manner that can be independently verified, you have introduced a bias into your survey. Therefore, I believe that you have no choice but to arrange with the webmasters of your institution to post the information directly onto the institution's site. You cannot expect to get objective results, let alone from a well-seasoned group of Linux administrators who deal with "spoof" issues all the time, without first establishing a credible identity. And, you do not have a usable scientific paper without it. It will never pass peer-review anywhere.