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I'm reposting this survey. The researcher is trying to identify what makes configuration languages difficult to use. If you use Puppet/Chef/CfEngine/Ansible (and more importantly... if you DON'T use any configuration languages) please take this survey. I took it in under 10 minutes.


I would like to invite you to take a survey on configuration languages. The survey is about 10 minutes long and does not require any specific skills or knowledge, anyone can participate in it.

The survey is a part of ongoing research at University of Edinburgh School of Informatics on configuration languages. As Paul Anderson has mentioned previously, we are interested in studying the usability of configuration languages and how it relates to the configuration errors.

The survey will be open through the 2nd of August, 2016. It is possible to take survey in parts by choosing to finish it later, but it cannot be completed past the deadline.

Please feel free to forward this survey to others.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact information is linked on the first page of the survey.

Your answers to the survey will be used in aggregate to improve our understanding of how configuration languages are understood and used.

Thank you
Adele Mikoliunaite
Masters student at
University of Edinburgh

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Actually, it's about Ethics in Internet Operations. No, seriously, it actually is.

As mentioned elsewhere, somehow Velocity NY accepted my talk on 'Ethical Obligations in Internet Operations'. In order to help me better understand our profession(s) and to prepare a better talk, I've put together a short, anonymous questionnaire for everybody involved in "Internet Operations".

"Internet Operations" is the term I use here to combine the various ill- or loosely defined job descriptions relating to the general "tech industry" beyond the job of "Programmer". If you write infrastructure code, you are working in "Internet Operations". If you control the network of your organization and who they peer with, you are working in "Internet Operations". If you run a company that influences how non-technical people use the internet, you are working in "Internet Operations". In short, if you're interested in attending Velocity, you're likely working in "Internet Operations".

Please take the five minutes to fill out this form. If you were to also share the link on your social and professional network, that'd be much appreciated, too. And of course, if you have questions or comments, you can email me at or contact me on Twitter @jschauma.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Guest Post

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