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Hello: I'm on the board of directors of the nonprofit PlanetMath.org, and I'm doing my Ph. D. at the UK's Open University on the topic of "Peer Supported Problem Solving and Mathematical Knowledge". We've built a lot of new features into PlanetMath and I'd be interested to see how people who are used to the features of math.stackexchange.com feel about them.

I don't want to spam your site though, so I'm asking here if there as a way to appropriate way to advertise my need for study participants without being spammy.

For the record: I only need 3 people to form a small focus group, and I have $50 USD, or £36 GBP vouchers to offer. Other details on the study are here.

Note that this message itself is not intended to be "spam" -- the details are just here for you to evaluate my request. My own hypothesis is that maybe I should post about this in the chat. Other ideas?

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    $\begingroup$ I also thought "chat" when I saw the request. $\endgroup$ – hardmath May 20 '13 at 20:42
  • $\begingroup$ Can I partcipate? $\endgroup$ – Jeel Shah May 21 '13 at 2:21
  • $\begingroup$ @gekkostate - sure! Actually one other person emailed me so I'm really only looking for one more. Can you send me a note at holtzermann17¡gmail.com (if you create and include a PlanetMath username that would be ideal). $\endgroup$ – Joe Corneli May 21 '13 at 12:42
  • $\begingroup$ @JoeCorneli I have sent the e-mail to holtzermann17 @ gmail.com $\endgroup$ – Jeel Shah May 21 '13 at 13:42
  • $\begingroup$ is the members already complete? $\endgroup$ – nicy12 May 31 '13 at 6:43
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Go ahead and post an ad to the Community Promotion Ads - 2013 thread. Considering that your question here got 12 up votes, I'm sure it will be "vetted" for display on the main site soon.

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    $\begingroup$ If there are only three places on the focus group, I don't think that an ad is a great idea. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 21 '13 at 10:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf: oops! I didn't pay too much attention to the 3rd paragraph... sorry about that. $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong May 21 '13 at 10:26
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    $\begingroup$ I was up all night, what's your excuse? ;-) $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 21 '13 at 10:26
  • $\begingroup$ None whatsoever. After my vacation last week, I ought to be refreshed, one should think. $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong May 21 '13 at 10:33
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    $\begingroup$ Nonsense! After a vacation one should suffer from a general malaise, due to the end of loafing around and getting back to work! $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 21 '13 at 10:40
  • $\begingroup$ @WillieWong - Thanks - maybe we'll add a promo of PlanetMath itself there - but I think that's not the right way to recruit participants for this small study. Cheers! $\endgroup$ – Joe Corneli May 21 '13 at 12:40
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    $\begingroup$ @WillieWong - actually it looks like PM is already in the listing :-) $\endgroup$ – Joe Corneli May 21 '13 at 12:59
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Tentative answer: it looks like posting here in Meta.Math.SXE was the best way to achieve my aim.

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