The survey posters are about again That's OK anyone can answer by choice and it is OK to ask but a new trend is emerging and it has some risks people who reply.
Are you aware firstly that some methods of trolling pay their trolls a commission for each real email address they gain?
The poor email address is then onsold to other companies and the avalanche of spam and other stuff is headed to your computer.
Having the PM facilities here on Surfing Waves means there is a considerable filter between you and the junk!
This is a typical survey posting request the same survey and variants thereof have been posted before, with a request to help out everything from High School Diplomas to a Master's Thesis . At the end of the survey there is a section that asks for your name and email address here is the danger DON"T GIVE THEM OUT
You don't know where the survey comes from whether the poster is genuine
Here is the post I have deleted the poster's name in case he is silly enough to be a genuine student!
The other part which I consider really worrying is that he posted directly to my PM and then asked to use my credibility.WTF
Hello, I am XXXXXXXXXXX.
I come to you because I noticed you are an influential member ( I insert )of this forum and I would like to solicit your help.
I am a student and I carry out a survey about surf sponsorship to complete my master thesis. I prepared a questionnaire that I need to administer to the surfing community.
Unfortunately it is very hard to get enough people to answer my survey. These answers are vital for the completion of my master thesis and I would like to ask you to help me distributing my survey.
Actually, being French, I have never posted on this forum (only on French forums). This is why, as a matter of credibility, I don't want to directly post the link for my survey on the forum.
Instead, I would be more than glad if you could post it for me.
Can I count on you? (Quick answer NO)
I hope you understand my approach and the difficulty for me to attain enough relevant interviewees. (sending a PM to one SWer I think Not)
Here is the link for my survey: http://kwiksurveys.com/?u=surf_sponsorship
You can of course have a look and answer it before sharing it and I would be glad to discuss with you if you want to share your thoughts about this survey or surf sponsorship.
Thank you very much for your comprehension, I appreciate it!
Notice there is no direct email back only the PM facility of SW I can understand why the actual source is hidden, I have asked via PM the the poster have the Cahones to post openly. We'll see