Hi, I’m new to the forum and hoping to get some advice. I’m an academic based in the UK and recently started work on a new project that involves a survey of US opinions. It’s housed in a website and I’m seeking to get as many respondents as possible. My intention was to publicize the survey in two ways: 1) Through press releases to American media 2) Through posts to forums such as this one So far, press releases have had no impact, and the forum idea is proving more complicated than I had expected because of forum rules around links and promotion. It’s on this second point I’m hoping to get advice: In your view, does publicizing an academic survey count as “advertising for personal gain?” If I were to join a number of forums purely to promote my project, would this be frowned upon by the majority of forum users? Are appeals of this kind common? Could anyone suggest alternative methods to increase awareness of the project? Where on the web would be appropriate for this kind of posting? Any suggestions or views would be welcome, Many thanks.