Too Much Rumor Mill

by Jessica Lu on January 24, 2013

This is my annual plea to everyone that is frantically checking the rumor mill: please sign up to receive email updates instead. You can “monitor” individual wiki pages and receive an email every time the page is changed, along with a summary of the changes. Setting this up requires a few steps:

  1. Sign up for an account on the AstroBetter wiki. The sign up process requires information on your host institution so that we can prevent spammers. All such information is deleted immediately after your account is verified. Verification is done by us, by hand, so it may take as long as 24 hours. Please be patient.
  2. Once verified, login using your new username and password. There is a box on the upper right corner of the page for logging in.
  3. Navigate to the Rumor Mill for postdocs or faculty/staff positions.
  4. Click on the Monitor (eye) icon at the top of the page. This will change your personal setting for the page and you should start receiving emails whenever the page changes. The eye icon should now have a red X for pages you are monitoring. Monitoring can also be disabled by clicking on the icon again.
  5. To anonymously post to the rumor mill, make sure to log out.
You will receive emails every time a change is made to the page and they will show who made the change and the changed content. By monitoring a page via email, rather than constantly refreshing the rumor mill pages, the performance for the whole site should remain good even through the most intense job-results season. We appreciate any feedback you have; but please be aware we are full time astronomers who admin the site in our “free” time for the good of the astronomical community.
Good luck to all in this job-hunting season!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 B January 24, 2013 at 10:07 pm

If anyone’s looking for a soundtrack to sing along to while reading these e-mails, I highly recommend Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.

I know you’re hoping to find
Someone who’s going to give you peace of mind
I’m just second-hand news, I’m just second-hand news, yeah

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2 B January 27, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Also, two (or possibly more) people seem to be engaged in an Einstein fellowship war in which one of them writes “Only theorists awarded” and the other removes it. Maybe you can come to some sort of compromise? I know Albert would have wanted you to work out your differences.

3 D February 4, 2013 at 11:24 pm

This… is really not a tempting option. Receiving a once-a-day digest of changes, now that I would sign up for. But every change? No thanks.

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