This is why I don't have a profile picture on Facebook, have locked down my privacy settings, and generally keep a really low profile in every tech context. I'm making an exception here to say that I find this unpleasant.
I'm constantly surprised by this response to these sorts of questions. My understanding is that it's simply an initial filter - this isn't the hard stuff. My own experience is that there are many people who can't solve this sort of thing, and yet think they're great. This sort of question is just going to cull the obvious non-starters as an initial phase of the triage. The teaser on the jobs application page is similar. It's only after passing those - and showing that you care enough to try - that the interesting bit starts.
Sadly, by posting this submission you've simply negated the whole point, and now they'll have to think of something else.
And with regards paid spots, again, my understanding is that job posts by YC companies can't be replied to and simply drop linearly down the front page. They are treated as a special case, but equally, have to adhere to specific guidelines.
Good luck. I don't know that much about the (UK or otherwise) hosting scene, so I can't really help you, but I'm sure that there are people who can.
Incidentally, I've heard people who do follow hosting more closely talk about getting good deals from http://www.webhostingtalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=4. Since it's an advertising section (of an apparently fairly well-known "real" forum), it looks rather spammy, but apparently the deals are good and real.
Yup - I have no zip code, I'm not going to give you my email, and suddenly I don't care. Note - I actually went to see if I could help, but it's really badly designed.
I recommend you learn about progressive engagement.
You would be much more likely to get responses if you made a reasonable landing page where the project is outlined and pointed us at that. Also better to ask for area, city, zipcode or whatever at the end, when people are already invested.
Thanks for the feedback, I sincerely appreciate critical feedback here. I took your advice into consideration & did move the personal details to the back, so as to capture that information only from those that are invested.
I understand the value of the landing page with details on the proposition, but to be honest, I am using this survey to better understand/ validate the problem, and to confirm that I am not the only one with the issue. Once I validate that the problem is real, I can objectively propose a solution - obviously I have ideas now, but I thought it premature to project those ideas.
You can embed the name returned by find into the middle of lengthy commands by using the -exec option - it can be harder to do that with a pipe. It's also more resilient (in some cases) to filenames that have spaces in them.