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WelcomeEdit 23:55, August 14, 2013 (UTC) Hi, welcome to Academic Jobs Wiki! Thanks for your edit to the Humanities and Social Science Postdocs 2009-2010 page.

Please leave a message on my talk page if I can help with anything! -- KyleH (Talk) 16:09, September 15, 2009

Administrator Edit


Thank you keeping a close eye on the History pages. Since you have been around here awhile and seem very responsible, would you be interested in having administrator rights? It's not that big of a deal and totally voluntary; you can see what is involved at the Administrator's How-To Guide. It would help me a lot to have someone involved with the History pages in particular in this role. Anyway, please leave a note on my Talk page if you are interested. Best of luck with your search!

Una74 16:04, December 5, 2010 (UTC)

Excellent. Thanks so much for your help. I have added you as an administrator and user with rollback privileges. You can find out more about administrator tools at the "How-To Guide" linked above. Other useful pages to consult are the Help:Index and the Wikipedia Administrator's reading list (obviously Wikipedia is a somewhat different enterprise, but some similar issues do arise here). Thank you again for your efforts, and best of luck. Una74 17:06, December 5, 2010 (UTC)

User QueriesEdit


  • [28 Mar 2014] Hi, did you first add the link to the new hire at UNM in Hist. Medicine, then delete it, then add it back? 03/28/14
    • Hi anon, nope, not me. I've done a bit of editing there for formatting and to restore edits that had been deleted by third parties. AFII (talk) 08:37, March 31, 2014 (UTC)
    • OK; the info seems to be in the public domain so there's no reason for it not to be posted; I've restored it & will keep an eye on future deletions. AFII (talk) 11:31, March 31, 2014 (UTC)
  • [13 Dec 2013] Hello again. I notice you just went in and changed my post to the Leiden job on Asian History 2012-13. I don't want to undo your changes but I think you should. Your edits have altered the meaning of the text, which I took from the full call. IMHO the best way to convey this sort of information is to give exactly what the school gives. Grumpysmurf (talk) 16:48, December 13, 2012 (UTC)
  • [15 Oct 2013] Hello. It was my comment in re. the Kent State job that noted (not just 'claimed') that I received a letter acknowledging my application that specfies the search is, as they put it, 'following an expedited timetable'. I don't much care for anonymous posters doubting me -- after all, what am supposed to do, scan the letter? -- so I removed my post. I would appreciate it if you would leave my post deleted. Thanks. Grumpysmurf (talk) 12:01, October 15, 2012 (UTC)

Asian History ProblemsEdit

Jan. 21, 2014:

Hi AFII, It seems the talk page for Asian history 2013-14 has gone down in a wrong direction where a few users started to use obscene and offensive language, making personal attacks, or started to track users IP address and second-guess their id. That's against the WIKI policies and the purposes of creating the page. It seems a warning is due to keep it useful for most users who are on the job markets and want to get more useful information, rather than read the offensive language or about any witch-hunting. Thanks. Here is the page: Hi AFII. Just an update and clarification. Una has addressed the issue already and posters have edited some of the posts. I probably overreacted and have to defer to the other posters' sentiments who do not feel the same way as I do about the language use and so on. Certainly, I did no mean to ask the admin to take out any section or page.

Hi AFII, There have been some offensive usernames on the Asian History 2012-2013 page in the last month or so: one named "Kungpaopussy" (from:  19:32, November 12, 2012‎ Kungpaopussy  (Talk | contribs)‎ ) and the other "Buriatqueef" (from: 15:24, December 5, 2012‎ Buriatqueef  (Talk | contribs)‎ . . (95,165 bytes) (+85)‎ . "Buriat" refers to an ethnic Mongol people, "Queef" is particularly offensive. See:

Is there a way to look up the IP addresses of those offensive usernames and ban these two from posting on the pages? It creates an uncomfortably sexist and racist and unprofessional environment for those of us who are using the pages for legit information on the job market. Thanks in advance. I'll look for your response here on the Talk page. 

  • Hi there, thanks for pointing this out.  Una74 has already given them a deletion warning, but I'll keep an eye on that particular page (I am not a specialist in the area so I'm afraid the offensiveness went right over my head) AFII (talk) 10:15, December 8, 2012 (UTC)
  • Thanks for keeping an eye out! It's appreciated.

hi afii,

i just made an edit to the asian history 2011-2012 wiki page. i deleted personal names and speculation. i find it disheartening that the same false rumor gets reposted about the same person (myself). for this reason and that the 11-12 academic year cycle is over, is it possible to close that discussion so as to prevent public speculation that is simply false? thanks in advance. ~~

hi, i just want to let you know that i just undid an entry on the 11-12 wiki page since it is a false representation.  thanks!

Hi-- Thanks for your supervision of the boards. Something I noticed about the 'Asian Studies 2011-2012' job search page is that women's names are regularly disclosed whereas men's names are rarer. Incorrect biographical and speculative information about the women candidates keep getting added, despite editing. Could there be a uniform policy of not disclosing names for this page and future pages? Thanks.

HI--i always get what seems like an automated request to sign up or sign in. I like posting anonymously, for a number of reasons. Just fyi, thought I'd let you know. hope that's ok.

  • Hello! There's a response to your query here (short version: the main advantage of creating a user ID is that it hides your IP address, which might actually mean it makes you *more* anonymous, and that the admins can't stop the automated request from appearing).

Jan 25 - many thanks for the welcome and keeping the site so up-to-date!

hi, there is incorrect information being posted on the asian history wiki. i have tried tocorrect it several times but i think the admin keeps adding it. thanks.

Deletion policyEdit

Dear AFII, Thanks so much for running these very helpful pages. Just wanted to let you know that the recent massive deletions (not made by me, but endorsed, if you will) on section 4 of the postdoc page were in response to a suggestion presented by the program staff, that the discussions on the wiki (particularly regarding breaking the terms of the award) were unprofessional, disturbing, and unbefitting of the awardees as a group. (There are also some unflattering mentions of particular institutions that don't reflect well or do any of the awardees any good.) While I don't know the policies for the wiki, the deleting that discussion is in the best interests of all the awardees and the program. (I get the impression that the deleter was also the same person, from the same IP, who made several of the most unguarded statements with the freedom of anonymity.) Would it be okay to re-delete that section? ----S

  • Hi there - I'm replying here as you don't have a specific user page; the moderation here is (as you can see from my 'appointment' above!) fairly informally handled. Personally, I don't think one single user ought to delete others' comments, and especially ought not delete blocks of comments which have been made by many other users, and which do have content which is useful not just to current readers, but presumably might be handy for people applying in 2011-12 too.
    I can completely understand wanting to edit or redact your own comments, and that does happen, but massive edits to other peoples' contributions is not something that I (again, speaking entirely personally) am happy with. But in the end, it's a wiki; people can add and delete, and reinstate largely as they choose. I'm inclined to keep reinstating the comments unless there's a significant group pressure to do otherwise - the relevant Talk Page is the right place to discuss the problem & I'll certainly be paying close attention to any discussion there ----Kthx, S

Requests for FixesEdit

Somehow (and I really don't know how), after I added an entry on the page (SocSci/Humanities Postdocs), everything following my entry disappeared. I am hoping there is a simple way to restore those now missing listings.

Many thanks and apologies. 18:12, December 13, 2011 (UTC)

  • Hi there; luckily Una74 spotted the mistake and corrected it; for the future, *please* use the 'preview' button before you 'publish' an edit, to make sure this doesn't happen again! AFII 09:26, December 14, 2011 (UTC)

please keep an eye on stephen f austin in the "universties to fear" Methinks an administrator is trying to do damage control. I restored what that person expunged. Feel free to override if you believe it best.

  • Thanks AFII. I think your advice to Jodido is correct. I will add something to this effect to Universities to fear. Thanks again for your help ... and all you do here! Una74 01:21, January 18, 2012 (UTC)

Mar. 26th, 20:49 EST -

Dear AFII,

Sorry to bother you with Admin issues, but it seems a user mananged to wipe-out (I assume by mistake, while adding an inquiry on the Ford Fellowships at the end) a whole lot of entries from the 'Humanities and Social Science Postdocs, 2011-12' section. It was done on Mar. 27th (?!) at 00:03 (I assume this is a wrong time entry from his computer, as his IP is from Wooster, OH (, and it was done ~20:03...). I tried to 'undo' his deletes but the system tells me it isn't doable, as there are already new postings ('intervening/conflicting' with the undo).

Do you 'Admins' have some way to salvage all that info?

Best and Good Luck,

A Wikia Contrib.

  • Oh dear. Thanks for this - it looks like Una74 was on the ball though & has reposted the deleted info. AFII 08:37, March 27, 2012 (UTC)

Forum for Administrators Edit


Just dropping a note to let you know that I've set up a Forum for Administrators to provide a centralized place to hold discussions about Wikia policy and community standards for the Academic Jobs Wiki. Since questions do arise from time to time, I hope it will be helpful to have a central forum for seeking advice and sharing opinions. Wiki administrators and other users should feel free to ask questions and/or make contributions to this forum. Thanks for all your work here!

Una74 23:22, January 21, 2012 (UTC)

Academic Room Edit

I think AcademicRoom is some kind of academic social networking start-up. I've never seen it anywhere else but here. I think it is okay if there is a link to it on the main wiki page and maybe main pages for disciplines (English, History), but I agree that posting it on every single page for 2012-13 is excessive and borderline spammy / abusive (it clearly is someone's business venture ... I assume it's not a non-profit). So, I say revert the more egregious examples where you see them. Una74 14:30, July 9, 2012 (UTC)

History pages Edit

Okay, I'll try to keep on eye on them. Best wishes.Una74 (talk) 15:50, September 5, 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the work on the history pages. Re: the large history fields (US, European, world, etc), could a basic set of guidelines be added to the top page sections? It might clarify what kind of information is (in)appropriate (how much personal "detail", redundancy, etc).  This was a good clear example. Thanks.

  • Hi - thanks for this.  Obviously, it's a wiki so anyone who wants to add guidelines can do so, although my experience is that this won't mean anyone follows 'em!  I shall certainly standardise what I put at the head of new pages for the next academic year, as I've ended up adding the advice on posting personal info, etc., in a rather ad hoc way this year.  That said, there's no mandate for those guidelines - for example, I don't agree that the wiki should be a 'skeleton' without the extra detail of jobs, as that detail disappears when ads are taken down, and is quite useful to be able to refer back to it at a later date, and so on.  Bascially it boils down to: follow the existing formatting, use the talk (& unis to fear/love, etc.) pages when relevant & appropriate, and don't break the terms and conditions - anything more than that is a user's personal preference & not a requirement.  AFII (talk) 10:47, March 30, 2013 (UTC)

Admin help needed Edit

I am new to this wiki page. Someone posted some inappropriate content on a post.  I need to ask that the edit history be deleted. Can you help me? Tadavidson (talk) 15:44, July 30, 2013 (UTC)

  • Hi there.  As far as I know there is no way to alter or delete the edit history (at least, I have no power to do so).  I'm afraid the best you can do is delete the information on the page itself, leaving a not if necessary to explain why the material was deleted.  It would be helpful if you could let me, or another moderator, know what content you're specifically worried about so we can check the history of the user who posted it, and perhaps warn them about inappropriate material, or ban them if they are spamming. AFII (talk) 14:24, August 2, 2013 (UTC)

I forgot to use the signature button! 

All I can tell is the IP address of the person that posted the degrading comments. It was

Tadavidson (talk) 12:55, August 14, 2013 (UTC)

  • You'll need to give me a link to the problem page(s) so I can see if the edits break the wiki's Terms & Conditions. AFII (talk) 17:24, August 14, 2013 (UTC)

Here is a link to the page: ?name=phpCAWkmZ.png 23:55, August 14, 2013 (UTC)

  • OK, thanks.  I've let the Admin of the Theatre pages know.  If a user repeatedly posts defamatory material it's possible to ban or block them, but generally the process is simply to deal with it through editing - which any user is free to do. AFII (talk) 09:47, August 15, 2013 (UTC)
  • Thanks, AFII. There is nothing really that can be done other than remove the offending material, as you stated. Is there anything else I can/should have done? Rneblett616 (talk) 12:17, August 15, 2013 (UTC)
    • On my more contentious pages I tend to flag the Universities to fear page as a better place for general discussion, and/or link to/mention the T&C (because I don't think people actually read 'em!) but beyond that? No, it's a wiki.  I wouldn't want to put people off voicing negative opinions, just push 'em into voicing them in non-litigious ways! AFII (talk) 07:18, August 16, 2013 (UTC)

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