How do I comment?
What are the rules for comments?
May I send you a suggestion for the blog?
This blog bothers/annoys/offends me. What should I do?
Who writes the posts at AWC? Can I do that too?
What do people write about on this blog?
What happens after I send you something to post?
How do I know that somebody won’t guess my real identity?
Isn’t this some cheap knockoff of College Misery and Rate Your Students?
This page doesn’t answer my question. What now?
The easiest way to comment is to get a new gmail email address. Sign up here (https://accounts.google.com/SignUp). Use any user name you want for your account. You do need to provide a real email address but that’s only so that Google can contact you in case of a problem with your account. Nobody else can see it. You can also comment using your AIM, OpenID, Wordpress, LIveJournal or TypePad account.
No matter what account you use, make sure that you are comfortable having your user name displayed in the comment. Do not use the user name of an existing AWC member or comment using multiple user names.
Alternatively, you could send me your comments. I can post them “From a reader...” I don’t mind doing this but you really should participate in the conversation yourself. Also, there will be a delay until I check the blog email.
Don’t be a jerk, OK? We get along pretty well here. Having said that, you might read a comment that bothers, annoys or offends you. Try to get over it. If somebody gets out of line, let me know and I’ll check it out. Remember, you’re communicating with a bunch of strangers – don’t expect everybody to behave according to your high standards.
Troll comments are deleted. No warning, no justification. Deleted.
That’s about it. We’re pretty lenient about what you can say in the comments. Now go have a good time down there at the bottom of the page.
send it to me. I read everything you send and I’ll do my best to fix anything that needs fixing.
Send your poorly-reasoned rant to me. I’ll post it on the main page so that everybody can make fun of you.
You can send your posts to me. I do all the work of putting them online and give you the credit. I hope to hear from you soon.
- Short, funny and insulting description of behaviors committed by your students, colleagues and administrators (smackdowns)
- Questions for our readers to answer (Thirsty)
- Links to news, articles or social media about education and related topics
- Stories about your students, colleagues, administrators and college in general
- Dumb emails sent by your own students, perhaps with your imagined responses
- Cartoons, songs, poetry, pictures, etc.
Send us anything you need to get off your chest so that you can lower your stress. We all endeavor to get through the day without starting to drink before our 10 am class. AWC is here to help.
Besides the content of the post, I’ll need a name (not your real name) to use on the AWC blog and a suggestion for a graphic. If you comment at AWC, include your user name. A graphic for the author accompanies each post. If you don’t know what you want, give me an idea and I’ll try to find something that is not completely awful. If you write something of any length, send me a title too.
Of course AWC is a knockoff! Hell, I hope it’s as close as possible to CM and RYS. Right after CM closed shop, I started Academic Water Cooler with the blessings and help of Fab, Leslie and Cal. I’m proud to carry on the tradition of providing a place for faculty to vent, laugh and find good colleagues from around the world. I need this place more than anybody.
Send me an email and I’ll respond to you directly and update this page as needed.