As I understand it, many philosophy PhD programs these days report their placement records (i.e. placement of graduates into academic jobs) on their websites. For instance, my alma mater, Arizona, has a very thorough webpage reporting placements dating all the way from 1990 to the present. To the best of my recollection, when I started graduate school, almost no programs reported their placement rates anywhere. Deciding which school to attend, then, was very much of a guessing game. One had to sort of just go on the department's reputation, and go with one's own sense of their record.
Anyway, I think it is undeniably a good development that so many programs are reporting their placement records nowadays. Given that a PhD (for those who finish!) is anywhere from a 5-10+ year process, and the job-market after the PhD absolutely brutal, it is important for students thinking of grad school to know what job prospects they can reasonably expect to have in different programs. Yet, although placement-reporting is a good development, the following comment at the Smoker got me wondering whether we should expect more detailed information: