@verolynne 100% sympathy / solidarity

I could spend an entire term trying to fix our website for wildly inconsistent formatting and accessibility issues 😭

Open Science fatigue 

@bgcarlisle Wait what? Google Scholar is suggesting this to you? I have never experienced this, and I have one old closed access paper listed in my Scholar profile.

That's ResearchGate or academia.edu type behaviour.

@basepair @askfedi_de I use pinafore.social on Firefox for Android - it's a mobile web app.

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also pay @bgcarlisle so they can upgrade the masto server to deal with how many new users are here now patreon.com/theresearchfairy

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Ich arbeite an einer großen Bibliothek/Forschungsinstitution in Hamburg, bin Theoretischer Informatiker und Semantiker, und besessen von Struktur und Strukturen. Ich lass mich jetzt mal auf Mastodon ein und freue mich, bekannte und neue Leute zu entdecken! #neuhier #introduction

Ah listservs, never change! Just joined one and received the following message:

"Welcome to the Listserv for the [X] Librarians, [X]-L. This list has been recently migrated (2009) from servers at [institution] to servers at the [current institution]."

Quasi-decentralized infrastructure that just keeps on ticking! So solid that nobody has even had to review the welcome message for the past decade 🤣

@actualham If you set up an account on the scholar.social instance and decide you want to shift over from your current instance, under Edit Profile -> Account -> Move to a different account you can move all of your followers from your old account to your new account.

Or you can just run with multiple accounts.

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PLEASE SHARE! I am soliciting stories about working in #HigherEd under austerity. Read more and contribute: t.co/TSwkHuCD0f

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What I enjoy the most is when I finish a course and I publish the materials in the repository of my university with CC-BY license :CreativeCommons:. Many of the materials by my colleagues are closed. The university warns students cannot share them to avoid copyright issues. Regarding my materials, I believe in the future any professor will be able to start from that point, without having to do everything from 0, etc. That means benefits for the students. So, it's good to publish them openly.😄

Low productivity + good news 

I've done almost nothing on my PhD since the first year of coursework, haven't even tried to pass comps yet at 2.5 years in, but a week or so ago won an award for "best practitioner paper" at the CAIS 2020 conference for a paper I co-authored, so I guess I'm not all bad

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Zoom, huhhhh wtf 

Janet Napolitano, former head of Department of Homeland Security and University of California chancellor, just joined Zoom's board of directors

what the fuuuuck

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Adobe Acrobat, user-hostile processes 

On the bright side, I can now uninstall the 450MB Creative Cloud and 2.5GB (!!!!) Acrobat DC.

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Adobe Acrobat, user-hostile processes 

@Greg Yeah, I've used Docusign for other processes and it has worked. Just for signing though; I don't know if it gives you the option of also checking things off & adding text.

In the past you could print & have everyone sign the form with ink, but in the era of COVID-19 I imagine there is a lot of frustration given that the digital process at my (very large) university is mandatory for every graduate student.

Adobe Acrobat, user-hostile processes 

Looks like I'll be purchasing a license to PDF X-Change Editor Plus ($54 USD) to make this thing work. That's the software my supervisor had to use to get his signature on it.

This process is *garbage*.

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Adobe Acrobat, user-hostile processes 

So now I've signed up for an Acrobat Pro DC trial account and downloaded the whole damned Creative Cloud to try and fix the fillable fields so that I can check off the required boxes and add my own digital signature.

And it doesn't work. Won't let me edit the document because there are already digital signatures on it (makes sense but now I have to ask the committee to start over?)

I mean, can't this be a simple web app using university authentication?

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Adobe Acrobat, user-hostile processes 

So as a grad student my committee and I all need to sign a progress report every 12 months. The problem is that it is a PDF form, and while the free-as-in-beer Acrobat Reader theoretically works if all of the boxes are checked off and all the text is filled out before everyone digitally signs off in sequence, inevitably someone signs it by editing the PDF to include an image and that breaks all the fillable fields. 1/2

@bgcarlisle Excellent idea. There's already a rebranding underway for varsity sports. Why not just extend that process and do the right thing for the whole institution!

university, web hosting, performance (lack thereof) 

Wow. One of our uni's research centres maintains a website hosted on Wix that takes 25 seconds to load a single page, and which gets a Lighthouse audit performance score of 5/100.

I understand they prefer the freedom of 3rd party hosting vs. the uni's web constraints, but WTH?

@davidak I always refer to it as "the command line" (albeit all of my documentation is in the Linux space).

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