If any of you were wondering whether this whole job wiki thing we mentioned earlier would work, well, that would seem to be a “yes.” Greg mentioned it in a (totally off-topic) comment, but I thought I would point it out for those of you who aren’t subscribed to their recent changes RSS feed (what? I’m addicted to RSS. I’ve never denied it).
The question this raises in my mind is “Who is posting all this stuff?” There are now short-list candidates listed for about positions at the moment. I’m assuming, in practice, for tenure track stuff, “short list” means the people who did on campus interviews (though the site doesn’t even try to define that, so I may be totally off-base). An on-campus interview is a pretty public thing that lots of people know about. I would be very curious to know whether it was the candidates themselves, someone on the committees in question, or just some department denizen who’s been paying attention. Of course, there’s probably some of all three, but what’s the mix?
One can try to guess this by looking which edits occur simultaneously. In some cases, the same person will be added to several lists, which you can guess is the person in question, or perhaps one of their friends (hooray for gossip)! One such person even used their last name as a username (though we still can’t be sure it was her, of course. Silly internet). On the other hand, some times just a single name comes up, and we don’t know what to think.
Of course, the person who really knows about this is the wiki (non)moderator (who as far as I can tell is pseudonymous). So if you’re feeding this, oh font of job wisdom, feel free to comment (hell, you can guest post if you want) on said mix.
And I can’t help but wonder how the rest of you are feeling about this job rumor mill thing. Jealous? Transfixed? Annoyed? Indifferent?