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Can physical adress be added in a survey? 5 years 2 months ago #60296

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Hi there guys!
I am new here and was thinking if there is possible to add the mac or physical
address of a computer in a survey. I know there is the IP possibility to choose
but it would be great to have even a physical address of the person that has clicked in the survey.
Thank you!
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Can physical adress be added in a survey? 5 years 2 months ago #60298

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What do you mean with the "physical" address? Street, City, etc?

I don't think that you can get access to the mac address of a computer from outside (except you are a hacker).
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Can physical adress be added in a survey? 5 years 2 months ago #60300

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Physical address is synonym of Mac address.
If you type in run-> cmd-> ipconfig/all you will find there the physical
address of your personal computer. The physical address is a "key" to identify
every computer, because every PC has its own physical address.
If you want to learn more about that read here:
en.wikipedia.org/Physical_address
Now all i am asking here is: can this address be found by modifying limesurvey?
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Can physical adress be added in a survey? 5 years 2 months ago #60302

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OK, I didn't know that the MAC address is also called physical address (you never stop learning).

However, as I said, I doubt that this is possible from within a browser.

But then I searched the net a little and it seems like there is a possibility to do so, but, surprise surprise, seems like it works with IE and with ActiveX on only.

Here some of the links that I found via google:

www.eggheadcafe.com/community/aspnet/3/1...ent-mac-address.aspx
www.webdeveloper.com/forum/showthread.php?t=134120
www.qualitycodes.com/tutorial.php?articl...on-Internet-Explorer

You could include the javascript in the first question text and write it into a hidden question,.
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Can physical adress be added in a survey? 5 years 2 months ago #60331

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I have heard news that it can be done even from other browsers, so pls help me
with the others!
Also, where is the file that is written the ip address?
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Sorry, I am not an expert on this, so I am not of any help. All of the above was googled.

Maybe someone else knows something?
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Can physical adress be added in a survey? 5 years 2 months ago #60580

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Maybe this should be applied as an idea at limesurvey developing as it is one of the most important point of a survey
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What is one of the most important points of a survey?
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Can physical adress be added in a survey? 5 years 2 months ago #60643

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In my opinion is finding the physical address in the survey
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Well, I don't agree. I think the physical address is a very specific demand for a survey.

Actually, it has little to do with surveys. In some countries, do to data protection laws you might not even be allowed to collect this information (which might allow to identify a person) in surveys, without clearly informing participants about it and the consequences.

For what exactly do you need this information in your survey?
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Can physical adress be added in a survey? 5 years 2 months ago #60645

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In my country Albania, this is legal. We need this address to filter out a unique responder, because with the ip address this is not possible. In Albania dynamic ip is widely used.
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Well, let me know when you found a solution. From what I have seen this is only possible when the person uses IE/Windows and to be honest, I think this is good.

Besides being legal in your country, depending on what you are exactly trying to do it might go against the ESOMAR guide of conduct for market research, just to have said it.

Maybe we find a solution that works differently. Why is it so important to find out the unique responder? To avoid a double participation?

If you are convinced that it is possible for all browser / OS combinations you might want to ask in a Javascript-Forum. I think they might be the ones to ask.

If you can get the MAC-address via Javascript for all OS/Browser combinations, including this information in the Limesurvey results is the smallest problem.
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Can physical adress be added in a survey? 5 years 2 months ago #60647

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I need this address to avoid double participation.
I also found it in java, but i dunno where to put the applet,
i mean in which file?
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Can physical adress be added in a survey? 5 years 2 months ago #60648

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Problem with Java is that the probability it might be blocked is higher than for Javascript. I have no idea about how java applets work, so I can't be much of a help here.

For the double participation: I guess tokens are not a solution for you in this case then?
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Can physical adress be added in a survey? 5 years 2 months ago #60650

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How can tokens replace the double participation? :huh:
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