However, one thing I really don't like about it is the way that job ads disappear when they expire or are canceled. I thought for sure I'd seen an ad for a position at Northern Illinois, but when I started putting my application together I couldn't find the ad anywhere. I spent more time than I should have wondering if I'd hallucinated it before I thought to check the wiki and found that it had been called off. I liked the old way, where a canceled ad would be
The other problem with the disappearing ads is that it makes it very difficult to compare this year's job-market situation with that of previous years. I take it that PhilJobs might be better for this sort of thing, but I'm not sure that you could do a straight, apples-to-apples comparison of this year's PhilJobs numbers with previous year's JFP numbers, because PhilJobs seems to have more ads for non-tenure-track positions and positions at a wider variety of institution-types. And the JFP's new numbering system isn't particularly transparent (though it seems to be better than the previous system in a variety of ways).
I suppose I could have kept track of the number of ads myself as the season progressed. But I didn't. And so I wonder if anybody out there did. Does anybody have a sense of how this year's tenure-track job market compared to previous years?
P.S. I applied for a few more jobs this year than I have at any point since the economy turned to shit at the end of 2008, but I'm not at all convinced that it means anything.