Yes, the Forum Editor is quite right. It's research for an article. In this case I'm writing a review of a mouse pad (for gamers) and was wondering how many people actually use them, and if it's pretty much just gamers who do so.
I went to a meeting at Microsoft in Reading, and they gave me a going home present - it was a very thin circular mouse mat/pad about 150mm in diameter.
It's made of some kind of solid, dense neoprene rubber material, and has hundreds of thousands of tiny blue glittery flecks in the top surface, and it grips the desk like a grippy thing. I've washed it dozens of times, and it comes up like new.
If you get your hands on one, treasure it - beyond any doubt it's the best mouse mat I've ever used.