Make "Educational Background" mandatory and visible in all posts I think it would be helpful in avoiding paying too much attention to useless/uninformed advice in the Career and Academic Guidance forums. Too many times have I seen high school students trying to give grad applicants, phd candidates, and phd graduates serious advice. Frankly it's annoying to read pages and pages of posts hoping to find decent first-hand advice on something like graduate applications or job hunting, only to find half of the posts are people saying "you can do this or that" who don't a slightest clue what they're talking about. It would save me and I'm sure many others a lot of headaches and frustration and would improve the quality of posts in these forums (or at least avoid wasting time on poor ones). Another forum I visit allows you to select your educational degree and status from a pull-down menu, which IMO would be necessary if this were to be instated as anyone can write whatever they want in the Degree section. Also, a visible "Employment status" section if it could me made visible solely in the academic/career would go well with this.