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Bug Serious problem with Educational Background field.

  1. Aug 31, 2011 #1

    K^2

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    Serious problem with "Educational Background" field.

    I am a Ph.D. Candidate at Kent State University. As I am currently working towards a Ph.D., that is exactly what I have selected in the drop down menu titled "Highest level of education you have completed or currently working towards". Next to my posts, however, it merely states "Ph.D.," which has confused some simple-minded individuals to the extent of contacting my Ph.D. Advisor, who is quite naturally displeased. He views it as a serious problem, and so he delegated resolution back onto me.

    Now, I'm not really happy with that becoming my problem all out of the sudden, so I'm here to make it somebody else's. I can see two simple resolutions. Either adding "In progress" checkbox next to the drop-down, and subsequently coding that into the forum's skin, or requiring completed-only degree in the drop down.

    Later would require no new code to be written, so I would imagine it to be a simpler option. If that's the course taken, I would also point out that "Ph.D. Candidate" is not in the drop-down list. It's superfluous if the drop-down indicates degree worked towards, but is necessary in case it becomes the highest degree attained, as many universities require no Master's, and thus, Ph.D. Candidacy taking its place.

    I hope the issue is quickly resolved, because I'm really not in the mood of walking all the way over to legal department over such a trivial matter.

    Thank you for your time.

    - Konstantin A. Khitrin.
     
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  3. Aug 31, 2011 #2

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    Re: Serious problem with "Educational Background" field.

    The Mentors have been discussing this issue for a while now. Greg is travelling, but we hope to make changes to this when he gets back.
     
  4. Aug 31, 2011 #3

    K^2

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    Re: Serious problem with "Educational Background" field.

    Thank you for quick response. Any idea on the time table? Just so that I have something to report back.
     
  5. Aug 31, 2011 #4

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    Re: Serious problem with "Educational Background" field.

    Greg is due back around September 9th, but he may be able to help with this before then, depending on Internet access issues. He tends to travel to some pretty out-of-the-way places.
     
  6. Aug 31, 2011 #5

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    Re: Serious problem with "Educational Background" field.

    In the meantime you an add that you are working towards a PhD, or simply choose to delete the information, as more and more people are doing.

    See Hootenanny's posts for how he does it.

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=3478671&postcount=2
     
  7. Aug 31, 2011 #6

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    Re: Serious problem with "Educational Background" field.

    It seems very strange to me that someone would contact your advisor simply because some website appears to claim that you have a Ph.D. Is it common to have people check up on the credentials we post on PF?

    It seems even stranger that there would be any basis for getting lawyers involved...
     
  8. Aug 31, 2011 #7

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    Re: Serious problem with "Educational Background" field.

    We have to deal with many members who somehow cannot put things into perspective. The member who contacted your advisor with such vindictive action was way out of line. We are continuing our own investigation and will try to resolve this without compromising anyone's privacy.

    Zz.
     
  9. Aug 31, 2011 #8

    Integral

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    Re: Serious problem with "Educational Background" field.

    This is a great example of why I do not make my real name public. Puplic forums are frequented by a wide varity of people, not all of whom have warm fuzziy feelings for everyone.
     
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