But we also remember what happened when we made a plea for our readers to help us with such a task last year: almost no one stepped forward to help out.
Please don't make that the case again this year. We're counting on you.
Here's the plan: we've created a duplicate of the Big Board with a clean comments section. Please help us complete the board by leaving information there.
Now, on to other matters.
The major development on the rumor mill front in 2007-2008 was the advent of the wiki. At the time, we asked for opinions about whether we should shutter the mill. The overwhelming consensus was "no," and we must say that you were right. This year not only did the wiki prove problematic, but a significant number of its rumors came from us.
The major development this year has been the advent of Political Science Job Rumors. A rather lively place, in our opinion. And we find ourselves wondering yet again: has the Rumor Mill lost its raison d'être? Should we continue?
To be honest, running the thing during job season is kind of a pain. A big reason is that we make sporadic efforts to contact faculty and job candidates about rumors we receive (we didn't do this as frequently as we should have in 2008-2009, and if we continue we'll aim to ramp up the effort). On the other hand, we think we're a somewhat cleaner, friendlier place than the message boards, and that probably counts for something. What do you think?
Finally, if we do continue, what can we do better? What should we change? And no, we won't ditch moderation.