Since the job market is starting to take form we think it is time for a new rumors thread. And for an editor's note.
We've had to delete a large number of posts lately. We understand that it can be difficult to resist gossiping about candidates, particularly senior-level candidates, and departments, but we don't consider that appropriate activity for the IR Rumor Mill. We apologize to those who made reasoned arguments about the inappropriateness of the questions and discussions, but we deleted your posts to make it less likely for the conversation to continue. We may put up some of these comments in the IR Rumor Mill Discussion thread [note: as we have been doing as long as those comments are informational rather than speculative or dispariging].
We'll be a bit more tolerant of some of this kind of posting in the Job-market discussion thread, but even there we want to make sure the conversation "stays clean."
If you can't resist, there are plenty of outlets for this sort of nonsense (which, we believe, reflects very badly on our field): IR Discussions, American and Comparative Jobs 2, and so forth.
Feel free to discuss this policy in the IR Rumor Mill Discussion thread. But we won't change our minds.
We are, of course, interested in confirmation of the accuracy of the information we've posted in the tally sheet. The information we have is, at the least, incomplete.
We have reason to believe that some departments have responded to the various rumor mills by trying to better police information about their candidates and searches. We understand the rationale for such policies, but want to reiterate our stance: transparency -- within limits -- is in the best interests of the community. Interview information is already shared between faculty members and fellows at many institutions, and so the only people left in the dark are candidates (and prospective candidates) who lack access to these "information networks."