I was wondering if anyone was interested in considering the following change for next year's wiki — put more (or everything?) in the forum.
It was great that there were so many job listings this year, but I felt like it got to be hard to check the website for changes after a while, including new listings, changes to listings that one has applied for, etc. It's great that jobs were organized by area, but some of us had to check two to three areas (e.g. social, cognitive, neuroscience) as well as the open area positions and the "other" category, just in case. Then we all had to scroll through the list of jobs within that area to try to see which one might be a new posting, or to see whether anything has happened to one we've applied to. Users are really bad about providing details of their edits in the comments section, so looking through the history for new updates isn't that helpful. Editing was also a pain because it required scrolling through the old version of the page using a small text box in order to get to the particular listing. Occasionally I didn't add a new job listing I found just because I felt like it was a hassle.
Meanwhile, I noticed that when someone updates a forum thread, it jumps to the top of the pile and everyone who cares can see which boards and topics were most recently updated.
Would it make sense to migrate all of the listings to the forum? There could be boards for each area, and then within each area there could be a new topic for every job. Posts to that topic would indicate updates to that job, such as whether interviews went out, etc. Every time something new happened with a job or a new job popped up, it would appear at the top of the list. Another advantage is that the date is forever linked with the information, which is very useful in case a user forgets to write a date after, "campus interview offered."
1) To post, one has to include a user name. It can still be anonymous and you can still change it every time so no one knows it's you who is getting interviews at X and Y schools, but people might not like having to do that.
2) It is impossible to edit or delete posts unless you have a registered user name. So when someone puts up flat out wrong information (e.g. "search cancelled," as someone did this year for UC Santa Cruz), it will be there in the thread forever, even though the more recent posts/rebuttals contain the information that is to be trusted.
3) The new sorting is probably more useful, but alphabetizing would be lost.
4) I am not sure there would be a way to visually eliminate (without erasing) the jobs that are canceled or filled, which the strikethrough accomplishes currently.