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SE users,

Request for information on top users --- name, profession, institution, title

I am currently writing an academic paper on statistics education using CV.SE, which is expected to be published in the Proceedings of OZCOTS 2021. As part of this paper I will comment on the expertise of the top users on the site, as indicated by their professions and institutions. Specifically, the paper will contain supplementary materials listing the top 30 users (as determined by total reputation at the present time), their real names, profession and institution (if known).

For some of these top users, it is possible for me to identify you and find your professional details online through public sources. For other users, I can't identify you unless you are willing to write to me and let me know who you are. If you are happy to be identified in the paper, can you please message/email me your full name, profession, institution and title (e.g., Mr, Dr, Prof) for this table. If you do not wish to be identified, please let me know and I will list your details as unknown/redacted.

For anyone who I can already identify based on publicly available information, it is possible that I might disclose publicly available information about you unless you write to me and specifically tell me not to do this.

Thanks for your assistance and for all your good work on CV.SE.

Yours Sincerely,

Ben O'Neill (ben.oneill@anu.edu.au), Research Fellow, ANU


P.S. I apologise if this question is not in keeping with the usual Meta topics --- I will ping each of the top users to alert them to this post. Hopefully this is not an annoyance to anyone.


Update: Thanks to everyone who is emailing me with instructions on this matter! I am overwhelmed with how lovely you all are! Once the paper is published I will add a link to it on this post so that you can all read it (for those who are interested).

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    $\begingroup$ " For anyone who I can already identify based on publicly available information, I will assume that it is okay for me to disclose your details unless you write to me and specifically tell me not to do this." -- Hmm, for research specifically I don't believe it's so simple. $\endgroup$
    – Firebug
    Aug 27 at 21:06
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    $\begingroup$ Specially when you are identifying them publicly $\endgroup$
    – Firebug
    Aug 27 at 21:07
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    $\begingroup$ @Firebug: Yes, edited --- I'll think about that more. In any case, it seems that I am getting responses from just about everyone so it might become a moot point. $\endgroup$
    – Ben
    Aug 27 at 22:35
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    $\begingroup$ It may be best to remove the comments where you ping users by pointing here (once they have contacted you), since they don't relate to the posts they're on. $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    Aug 29 at 3:40
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    $\begingroup$ @Glen_b: Thanks Glen, I just got rid of a whole bunch of them; I'll do another pass once I get responses from the remaining people. $\endgroup$
    – Ben
    Aug 29 at 4:03

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