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On 1/4/2018 at 6:32 PM, Carly Rae Jepsen said:

the profile of admitted students so we can get a picture of who gets in some schools based on their gre/gpa :)

As @TakeruK and @fuzzylogician have already explained, the raw numbers don't really tell you that much about who gets in to a program. If you look at the (very long) thread on applying with a sub-3.0 GPA, it's clear that plenty of folks here have gotten into reputable and highly ranked programs without having a 4.0 GPA and perfect GRE scores. I know that it'd be nice to simplify applications to numbers but, it really isn't that simple.

As an example of the complexity involved, I'll point you to this post about reviewing PhD applications in mathematics. You'll note that @cyberwulf specifically notes that they aren't that concerned with GRE scores or grades in general, only grades in specific courses. Given this, what value is there in requiring applicants to post their overall GRE score and overall GPA?

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How hard would it be to add a place for preferred pronouns in addition to gender, and then we have the ability to write in what we want, rather than choose from a list?  Especially for people who choose "Not Telling" as a gender, it would help other folks be able to refer to them respectfully.  We can put it in our profiles, of course, but if there were a designated place for it, folks would know where to look.

At least in my field, there seem to be a lot of trans* forum particulars, so it would be useful. :-)

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10 hours ago, E-P said:

How hard would it be to add a place for preferred pronouns in addition to gender, and then we have the ability to write in what we want, rather than choose from a list?  Especially for people who choose "Not Telling" as a gender, it would help other folks be able to refer to them respectfully.  We can put it in our profiles, of course, but if there were a designated place for it, folks would know where to look.

At least in my field, there seem to be a lot of trans* forum particulars, so it would be useful. :-)

I support this! I have no idea how hard it would be.

I think we should have both the "gender" field and "pronouns"* field be write-in fields, with some examples. Or we could really just drop the "gender" field completely and only use "pronoun". I actually forgot that the "gender" field even exists since I rarely read people's profiles. 

*I think "pronouns" is better than "preferred pronouns" since I feel that the latter somehow implies that these aren't someone's "real" pronouns, just what they "prefer" to be called. At least in my field, for conference name badges, they originally had "preferred pronouns" stickers until many people wanting to use the stickers made this point and we've switched to just "my pronouns are ... "

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22 hours ago, E-P said:

How hard would it be to add a place for preferred pronouns in addition to gender, and then we have the ability to write in what we want, rather than choose from a list?  Especially for people who choose "Not Telling" as a gender, it would help other folks be able to refer to them respectfully.  We can put it in our profiles, of course, but if there were a designated place for it, folks would know where to look.

Done! But, seeing as I've never done this before, let me know if it doesn't work. (To be clear, I added an option for Trans* and Nonbinary under gender and then a separate text field for pronouns.)

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14 hours ago, rising_star said:

Done! But, seeing as I've never done this before, let me know if it doesn't work. (To be clear, I added an option for Trans* and Nonbinary under gender and then a separate text field for pronouns.)

It is cool that you added the Trans*/NB options, though you may also consider changing the "male" and "female" to "man" and "woman." There are Trans folks that may not feel comfortable indicating that they are trans, but also feel odd clicking "male" or "female." Plus male/female is technically sex, not gender.

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On 2/23/2018 at 12:18 PM, CulturalCriminal said:

It is cool that you added the Trans*/NB options, though you may also consider changing the "male" and "female" to "man" and "woman." There are Trans folks that may not feel comfortable indicating that they are trans, but also feel odd clicking "male" or "female." Plus male/female is technically sex, not gender.

Changed. Please feel free to make additional suggestions everyone!

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On 3/2/2016 at 8:45 AM, didion10 said:

A option to receive phone or email alerts for whatever you set. For example a school, discipline or just a phrase "clinical psychology" would be awesome. I spend so much of my day obsessively refreshing. With an alert set I could just live my life!! :)

Seconded. I now manage my expectations based on the earliest date that anyone reported results from the past year.

Some sort of subscription to a saved search would be useful, where any new entries meeting the search criteria would trigger an email alert to a provided email address. 

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2 hours ago, KGross12 said:

Be allowed to see who posted what admissions results! 

Wouldn't that entirely defeat the point of having an anonymous place to submit results? What is it you want to know about those submitting results?

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47 minutes ago, rising_star said:

Wouldn't that entirely defeat the point of having an anonymous place to submit results? What is it you want to know about those submitting results?

I am looking for my classmates in the Audiology Program at UC!! If it’s anonymous then I can’t find them!!

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On 2/5/2016 at 3:12 PM, Yunix said:

Not sure if anyone mentioned this before, but I would like to filter results by Ph.D. or Master. As of now I'm not aware of a way to do that.

 

On 3/3/2016 at 10:30 AM, fernandes said:

I don't know if anyone has already said this, but it could be interesting to make comments possible after someone posts a result. I'm saying that because sometimes people end up submitting "results" that are basically a question to prior posts.

 

On 9/12/2017 at 11:20 PM, GreenEyedTrombonist said:

Since I just saw this, is there a way to filter within a search for either posts with comments or with GRE/GPA results included? I find these posts more useful than those that don't include any more information than accepted/rejected/other. 

@TGCA: Not sure of how difficult some of these changes would be but I agree that they would be beneficial.

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Thanks @Warelin for highlighting these requests! Obviously, some changes are easier than others, but we are currently considering the following(most of which address your highlights):

1) Cosmetic improvements - improve the look and feel and add technologies that make filtering/searching easier. Redesign the search to make it more intuitive and "cleaner".

2) Standardizing data -  For example, cleaning up university names and standardizing them in order to provide results by school easier and more accurately. This will also allow for more advanced reporting/searching in the future as well. With this ability, we will also be able to graph results for a school, by date, to provide users some sense of expected reply time...obviously based on the user's report dttm, not the official school response dttm. Nonetheless, we are looking to present the data in different formats.

3) Adding more filters - this one still needs to hashed out based on available data, most requested options to filter by and our ability to parse non-standard data into filterable options. Adding more options to the submission form is also being considered.

4) Track/Discuss results - we are considering a few options that would allow a user to add an email/account to a submission to receive contact from others. In addition, you can "watch" certain categories(institution, program) to get pinged when other related submissions come in.

5) Improving integrations between the forum and results page - this involves several ideas, but the basics are adding automated stats/info from the results tool into the forum and allow users to sign up to the forum/add results for discussion as they are submitting data.

We have no timetable on any release of new features or changes. Our priority is to add value, so we want to make sure any changes are well thought out. Some of these ideas may never make it out the door, but wanted to share some of our thoughts for improvement as well.

Look for polls and additional requests for feedback, specific to the topics above. Before we implement anything major, we will be requesting feedback/ideas to ensure we aren't missing anything.

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