I was sad to see this go, as I was about to ask to be placed on it again, but I agree with your decision, Phil, for why it was abandoned. I was one of the first teachers to use the feature, and I notified you immediately after securing work. But over time, as many teachers began to be placed on the section, I had to wonder how many of them were not finding work, and how many of them had, but didn't give a hoot to let you know. Now my suspicions of the latter are confirmed. But here's an idea. Perhaps you can resurrect the section, but make it a pay-based thing - an advertisement for teachers looking for work. And like your ads that schools place which expire in 20 days (I believe), you can put an expiration date on these too, maybe about 30 days.
Whattya think? Can we pay to place ourselves in the section? (Keep the rate reasonable as we are out-of-work teachers who once earned diddly squat because we are in Thailand)
Phil says - "Thanks a lot Ronald for the kind words. I was very sad to see the 'teachers looking for work' section of the site go too. I started it because one day a young teacher with a Thai wife and baby sent me a heartbreaking e-mail to say he couldn't find work and had no way to support his family. And that's how the Teachers Looking for Work section came about. And within a few days, that teacher got a job offer and started work. I knew I was on to something. I knew there were a lot of teachers out there who could do with the extra help.
However - and I'm sorry to repeat what you have already said or implied - but teachers on that list were just not keeping their promises and letting me know when they had found work. Not everyone on the list was guilty - but most were. And before long the section became nothing more than a stale list of teachers, who in most cases were not actively seeking employment. Unfortunately I didn't have time to go chasing each teacher and ascertaining their current work status. I relied on the teachers staying in touch and keeping me informed. And most of them let me down.
I'm really not interested in charging teachers to put their details up there Ron. It just doesn't seem right. Perhaps a 500 baht donation to my favorite soi dog charity might work though?