People have, on occasion, asked how a particular hashtag came about. I have often wondered the same of others’ hashtag creations (#PhDAsExistentialCrucible anyone?) but usually struggle to remember what the thinking was behind my own. The latest, #AcademicForecast, is easily explained.
I started out today by trying to tackle some ‘minor revisions’ on a paper. About an hour into this process, I started to ponder, as I’m sure many of you have, why supposedly minor revisions take so long? Admittedly some of the reviewer’s comments were indeed minor and swiftly dealt with (I had failed to capitalize the word ‘Tuna’, perish the thought). Others, seemingly innocuous, are probably going to take a few hours to tick off the list.
I didn’t much fancy doing the big changes at that moment so I headed to Twitter to procrastinate. I’ve been seeing an unusually high level of pedantry on Twitter lately, and today was no different. Slightly deflated by the fact that my options for the day seemed to be pedantry from Reviewer B (I assume it was Reviewer B, it usually is) or pedantry on twitter, I wrote the following:
#AcademicForecast: 90% chance of pedantry on Twitter, otherwise acceptable with minor revisions.
— Academia Obscura (@AcademiaObscura) April 27, 2015
— Harry T Dyer (@HarryTDyer) April 27, 2015
— Beaker Ben (@Beaker_Ben) April 27, 2015
#AcademicForecast Patchy imposter syndrome, followed by squally conference paper. Moderate becoming good.
— Dr Stephen Etheridge (@DrGtrombone) April 27, 2015
— blue_and_black (@blue_and_black1) April 27, 2015
Grades will continue to steadily decline next week, until the arrival of a low pressure system lasting into early June. #AcademicForecast
— Professor Jaded (@ProfessorJaded) April 27, 2015
— Karen Zgoda (@karenzgoda) April 27, 2015