Who Obscures The Job Wiki?

March 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm 1 comment

Here at Amusicology, we’ve been tracking the Music History/Musicology/Ethnomusicology Job Wiki for several years.  Past posts by both myself and Drew are found here: 2009, 2008, & 2007. Each year the job wiki has increasingly become the “go to” place not only for ABDs, PHDs, VAPs, and TTs on the market, but also committees at all stages of the search.

This has been a particularly active year with more frequent updates and edits than any year previous (check out the “history” of the current page if you don’t believe me!).  Additional questions and commentary clutter the page, all from those eager to learn/share what the future has in store for them.

Over the course of the spring, I’ve heard/witnessed several reports of misinformation on our beloved job wiki.  Phil Gentry wrote a great post about this very issue and the general question of disciplinary decency last year. With respect to the current iteration of the wiki, the most wicked instances relate to updates given for a search that had not yet in fact progressed.  I can only speculate as to the reasons such actions have been taken: Bad information, one job seeker trying to discourage another,  someone with trying to gain leverage in their current position, boredom…

For this reason, whilst making a recent update myself, I found the following “capcha” challenge words particularly uncanny…

Screen Capture from Music History / Musicology / Ethnomusicology Job Wiki

Seriously though folks…

At the same time as I remind myself that the job wiki is a wiki (what was it again that I always say to my students about wikipedia?),  it remains the single most useful tool available to those on the job market.  As someone who has been watching it out of curiosity and more recently out of necessity, it is a shame that anyone would misdirect information–either through updates or the general discussion section.  Yes, the job market is tight and competition is high.  But I would like to think that all my present and future colleagues would have the  decency to either play nice or not play at all.

As someone who has been watching it out of curiosity and more recently necessity,

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1 Comment

  • 1. PMG  |  March 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks for calling out some of these issues! I’ve also noticed an uptick of job postings–especially more obscure ones that many of us might not have heard of–being added to the wiki only after the application due date has passed. Grrr…

    The other thing that has driven me nuts about the wiki this year is that a few officious little musicologists have been deleting discussion threads left and right. Their intention, I imagine, is to avoid the flame wars of past wikis, but since those who do the deleting refuse to have a public discussion about it, there’s no transparency to their often-arbitrary and always-heavy-handed deleting.


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