I see that the APA webshite has been down since yesterday. And the "web only" JFP has just been posted. That's a another big "fuck you" from the APA to the jobseekers. Well.... not really, since there are no jobs anyway.
Seriously now: Am I wrong to think that it would be rather easy for some enterprising folks with minimal programming skills to produce an alternative "jobs for philosophers" online publication? Couldn't one easily design a standardized form for departments to fill out which contains all the relevant information about the position, and then simply throw it up on the web in a searchable, open-access, format?
In other words: Given the state of technology and the state of the academic job market, isn't the APA's JFP totally, irredeemably, and obviously obsolete?
Here's a plan for some unemployed philosopher with the requisite know how: design such a website. Mass email philosophy departments, inviting them to list their openings on the site. Do it for free for the first year or two. As long as the site doesn't totally suck, it will soon replace (in practice) the JFP. Then start charging a nominal fee, and make some money.