PeanutsNJam wrote: MikeSpivey wrote:
4LTsPointingNorth wrote:Dean Spivey, I noticed on a reddit thread from the other day that you mentioned adcomm's can look at how often an applicant has checked their status checker.
Any insight into what interpretations an adcomm may draw from the raw stats (e.g., is daily but not 100x daily status checking a positive indicator of interest that may protect against YPing or is it a negative indicator of neuroticism? Any potential strategies to game the status checking game? I ask this with the 100% understanding that this is a ridiculous question, but I'm genuinely curious as to whether this plays any sort of role whatsoever in the admissions process.)
I think your postulation is probably spot-on, if they care at all. In other words, yep 25 times in a day probably shows healthy interests, an outlier like 500 might be a bit of a red flag (neuroticism scares Adcomms).
It's hard for me to really know how to game this as this is a new feature that wasn't around when I was an Adcomm. Karen may have a suggestion?
What? I haven't been checking the status checker at all. I've just been neurotically checking my email every 5 mins instead. Should I be hitting F5 25 times for each school every day?
Here is my two cents:
Just because schools have the ability to check this does not mean that they will.
Perhaps it could be useful to see if you ever checked to see as an indication of your interest, but I promise you that schools have better/other ways to find this out.
Please do not check your status 25 times a day, I would say that is borderline. There is nothing wrong with checking your status once or twice a day, but there is also nothing wrong with just checking your email.
If I were still working in admissions, I would probably use this information to see who checked the most. Don't be that guy (or girl).
Mike is right, neurotic behavior scares Adcomms