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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:04 pm    Post subject: A little bit about this board  Reply with quote

Many academics, especially those new to the job, new to the UK, or just plain unsure of themselves, find it hard to ask for all the help and information they need from colleagues. In a job where being clever is one of the main qualifications, admitting you don't know something or can't understand how to do something is not easy.

That's where we come in - this is a place to ask stupid questions, moan about your colleagues/rivals/students, or just have a bit of a break.

But academic freedom comes with a price. If it's all going to work we need to agree on a few things:

1) Be nice. Challenging people's ideas can also be done nicely. Think of those reviewer's reports that had you in tears, and then dial back a bit.

2) Remember the principle of anonymous peer review. If people want to out themselves, and state their name/department/university, then that's their prerogative. But please don't do it for them. Likewise if you think that Joe Bloggs of Ruralshire University was the person who did a hatchet job on your latest grant, please don't libel them here. You could be wrong, and we (the admins) could get in big trouble.

3) It's also wise not to put too much identifying information about yourself. Remember that with name, department, and university people can almost certainly find at least your office number, and for some people your home number.

4) Remember the rules of Netiquette. Think of it as APA format for the web (or MLA if you are that kind of person). Except that if you don't follow them you won't get that nasty reviewer's comment, you will probably just get ignored.

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