Job listings in the Jobs section should have comment threads enabled. August 30, 2006 6:38 PM   Subscribe

Job listings in the Jobs section should have comment threads enabled.
posted by TonyRobots to Feature Requests at 6:38 PM (11 comments total)

I posted a job listing on Jobs this week, and would love to be able to field questions and discuss the opening...why not allow posting to jobs entries?
posted by TonyRobots at 6:39 PM on August 30, 2006

Wouldn't that be best handled privately, via e-mail?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 6:42 PM on August 30, 2006

How about one-way comments in each job thread? People can ask questions but only the original poster can create comments to address concerns.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 6:49 PM on August 30, 2006

I went back and forth on this for weeks. In the end I decided not to do comments because a lot of jobs might be seen as asking too much or paying too little, and I wouldn't think someone that posted a job listing would want their company maligned by people saying they're paying slave wages or something.

I thought about having moderated comments that only the original poster could approve/delete, but that just makes things more complicated.

Here's what I came up with for a solution: people that posted a job can edit the listing, so they can post updates if they get a lot of emailed questions.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:11 PM on August 30, 2006

Will there be any indication on the main jobs page that a listing has been updated?
posted by blind.wombat at 8:43 PM on August 30, 2006

I think jobs will end up like projects (not much going on) without the interaction.

That is all...
posted by blue_beetle at 9:16 PM on August 30, 2006

True, jobs don't come up very often (just as projects take a long time to complete). An infrequently updated, but still useful site was my expectation. It won't harm its utility.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:29 PM on August 30, 2006

I never visit projects, not ever. I think the commenting thing is the reason that I was never turned on to it. On MetaFilter I almost always read the comments in the thread before deciding if I want to look at the links.

The reason I'll probably never visit jobs is because I have a hunch it will settle in to being all (or at least 90%) about friggin' New York and California. Which is pretty useless for people outside those states, let alone for people who are outside The States.

And lastly, the reason I don't visit music is that it makes me feel bad about never writing down and later recording any of the crazy songs I make up for my girlfriend when I'm driving her places in the car, or cooking dinner.

(I do not expect anyone to give a damn about my little gripes. The green and the blue are good enough fro me.)
posted by The Monkey at 11:19 PM on August 30, 2006

RSS is made for things that update infrequently.
posted by smackfu at 6:32 AM on August 31, 2006

It seems at least possible that someone might be interested enough in tapping the MeFi labor market to join just so they could post jobs. I would not be surprised to see jobs get pretty active.
posted by owhydididoit at 9:21 PM on August 31, 2006

Another (late) vote for comments, which would allow us to fix maddening/ironic/potentially-hilarious/interesting-comment-inducing stuff like this.

As a prime offender myself, I love malapropisms and nutty Freudian misspellings. But for the luvva pete, in a post about writing? No wonder the job doesn't pay!
posted by turducken at 5:00 PM on September 5, 2006

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