Rumor Mill 2011–2012 is now open

by Jessica Lu on August 23, 2011

Astronomers are still social human creatures despite all stereotypes to the contrary. Thus the Astrophysics Job Rumor Mill is one of our most frequented pages on the AstroBetter wiki. We have started the new rumor mill for 2011–2012 and relegated the 2010–2011 page to archives. You shouldn’t need to update links as the page titled “Rumor Mill” points to the new 2011–2012 version.

We have a slight modification to the Rumor Mill pages this year. We have divided the Rumor Mill into two pages:

This change will improve performance and will allow you to monitor one page, or the other, or both depending on your interests. There are cross links between the pages at the top and bottom of each page. The main “Rumor Mill” link will point to the postdoc page as this page receives the bulk of the traffic.

As a reminder, here are guidelines for the rumor mill pages:

  • You can edit the page anonymously simply by not being logged in.
  • Recent revisions can be seen by clicking the History button at the bottom of the page.
  • If you are registered, you can sign up to Monitor the page via email notifications. We recommend monitoring changes via email since manually refreshing the page every 10 minutes results in poor performance for everyone.
  • Despite our continued efforts, the RSS feed is still broken. We are continuing to troubleshoot the issue.
  • Old revisions should not be restored at any time! Unless, of course, you manage to make so many errors while editing the page that you can’t fix them all one by one. Then you can go back by one revision. If you go back by more you’ve also erased other people’s rumors inadvertently.
  • We have chosen to adopt a hands-off policy for the Rumor Mill; however, you may contact admin at astrobetter.com for technical difficulties.
  • If a rumor you put on keeps getting removed by someone else (and that rumor is not about you), please respect that person’s wishes—they might have reasons to keep it private and/or the rumor might be wrong.
  • Please include a link to the job ad when adding it to the list.
  • If possible, include names and dates when offers are made and accepted, since this helps to differentiate wrong, outdated rumors from true ones.
  • Use boldface to indicate when a job has been accepted.

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