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07/10/2017

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Craig

For what it is worth, there was a fair amount of false information on the wiki last year. I'm not sure what the signal-to-noise ratio was, but for the jobs about which I had reliable information, the wiki was often 50/50 accurate at best.

Trevor Hedberg

I am not convinced that there is any great benefit created by a philosophy jobs wiki. Often the information that gets posted is false or misleading. And even when the information is accurate, it usually only serves as a source of psychological frustration. I never checked the wiki last year and will never check one in future searches. You'll learn about the interviews you got (and didn't get) eventually, regardless of whether they get posted to a wiki. Most faculty with whom I have interacted strongly advise not checking the wiki, including several who checked the wiki obsessively out of either anxiety or curiosity when they were on the market themselves.

If anyone affiliated with this blog were going to undertake the project of maintaining a job wiki, I'd want to hear a substantive explanation of why such a resource would actually be helpful for job candidates rather than just an unnecessary source of stress and misinformation.

Derek

Back when I was on the job market, I found the wiki to be useful for knowing when it was time to give up hope for the following year. I think the stress of job market would be there either way, but at least with the wiki I could stop half-expecting that I might still hear something. It was easier for me to move on after that. It may not be a benefit worth the costs, but it is something.

Amanda

I never used the wiki, not my thing. But if it helps others relieve stress, then sure no reason for someone not to do one(it would personally only add to my stress, but people are different).

Marcus Arvan

My personal experience coheres with Trevor's remarks. For several years, I checked the wiki incessantly, and it did little more than waste my time and increase my overall stress levels. My last couple of years on the market, my spouse made me promise not to check it, and I kept that promise--and the benefits of not checking were clear to me: I went on with my life, doing the things I needed to do, avoiding the daily disappointment of seeing the jobs I wasn't going to be interviewed for appearing on the wiki.

All that being said, I agree with Amanda--which is why I ran this post. Although I found the wiki unhelpful, people are different--and I don't want to legislate from on high, as it were, whether the wiki is "good", "bad", or whatever. I think it should be up for people to decide for themselves--and this blog/post is simply a forum where people can discuss the matter openly!

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