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Written by fabiorojas

June 24, 2013 at 3:34 am

Posted in blogs, fabio

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  1. Wait, I thought we agreed to auction off guest spots to the highest bidders.

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    brayden king

    June 24, 2013 at 3:36 pm

  2. Yeah… let’s just say the spot was “passed in.”

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    fabiorojas

    June 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  3. How about a few open thread discussions where readers pose a particular issue (i.e. research, teaching, professional-related) and people crowdsource?

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    katherinechen

    June 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm

  4. Great idea – and cheap!

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    fabiorojas

    June 24, 2013 at 7:11 pm

  5. Can I bring this topic up here? Don’t mean to derail.

    There are a few clusters of online academic activity. (1) Professional scholars’ blogs and comment threads. (2) Undergraduate PhD admissions forums. (3) And the anonymous job rumors boards.

    None of those are a good place for UGs and grad students to discuss ideas. The anon boards get overrun with trolling and crowd out useful discussion. Kiddies are scared to post to the pro blogs. And the admissions forums aren’t really the place for topical discussion. But I find that it’s an incredibly efficient matching market and way to advance really quickly with paper recommendations and such. Lots of UGs and grads *don’t* go to top schools and really benefit from the opportunity to connect with peers who are above the abilities of their cohort and class mates.

    Does anyone here think a pseudonymous forum with registered logins and discussion threads where people could start topics with blog-ish posts would go over well? I’ve been talking to a couple senior grad students and the mods at the UG econ admissions forum about setting one up.

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    Graham Peterson

    June 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm

  6. Graham, I think building up such a forum may take some time if you and colleagues are willing to put time into it. My feeling is that for detailed feedback on drafts or ideas, a writing group with set, trusted members, either in person or virtual meetings/presentations would work best. But for blegs such as recommended readings on X topic or a round-up on who’s working in X issue, a forum that you describe might be a good match.

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    katherinechen

    June 27, 2013 at 3:41 pm

  7. Thanks for the suggestions, Professor Chen. Yeah this would be much more informal than paper comments — basically just a test to see if we can get UGs and Grads to migrate the discussion of research and current events threads that pop up on the admissions and job market forums to migrate somewhere without the clutter and credential anxiety.

    I don’t think it will work, because most people have quite a bit of anxiety about showcasing underdeveloped ideas online and attaching an identity and reputation to them — but I think that’s strange because testing underdeveloped ideas is the only way to develop them. I think it’s a nice bridge exercise for transitioning from consumer to producer.

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    Graham Peterson

    June 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm


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