Job posting expiration
I was wondering what a sensible policy would be regarding Job postings. Usually, job postings have a limited time they stay valid. Alexandra recently added a comment to http://developer.qt.nokia.com/forums/viewthread/3527/ to tell about the closing of one. However, I find that not a good way to deal with this, as it just puts this posting at the top of the list again. Only on opening it, you notice that it has in fact expired.
Perhaps, we should do two things:
- Add to the rules a requirement to indicate when the posting expires
- Add an [Expired] tag in the title to mark the expired postings
It would be nicer if such a thing could work automatically, but I don’t know if the forum software would support such options. Alternatively, we could simply deleted expired postings completely. Or do we think there is value in keeping them around?
Problem is: the (original) post date is not visible in the overview of postings. You only get the date of the most recent posting, which is not that useful in this case, IMHO. Of course you can still see the date on closer inspection of the actual posting, but it would, IMO, be nice to have some overview.
Ideally, the OP should do that. However, I don’t give that much chance of working out. A lot of them don’t seem to respond to replies properly as-is. I think HRM people think of forums like this as fire-and-forget opportunities. Simply dump the add, and hope people respond by email or other means.
For mods being able to add a close tag, one would however need to have a closing date available somewhere. Hence the first point in my original posting: we should perhaps require one.
Of course, ideally, the form for job postings would be different from that for normal ones and simply include an entry box in which to put an expiry date. That way, the posters are more likely to actually enter something useful there, and the actual modification of the title or other ways of modifying the appearance could then even be automated. However, that is something for the longer term, I think.
I think it makes sense to have job postings expire or at least somehow mark them as no longer relevant. A more prominent date might solve the issue already to some extent. But I agree that a mandatory expiration date would be ideal.
We’ll discuss it some more within the team. Thanks for the suggestion! :)