It may be tempting for some to go on a long rant about what is broken in academia. Notice the distinction between science and academia: surely, nobody argues the tremendous achievements of science which humanity has benefitted so much from. When talking about academia, we mean the system (factory?) where science is (mass-)produced nowadays.
After a few years of science, you have put your name and email address on some articles which entitles you to receiving tons of science spam and unsolicited newsletters (on the other side, it would not be a hassle for me to satisfy my pipetting needs, if I had any). You may get some mail by academia.edu: XY’s co-author tag is pending your approval, even if you have never visited this site before. The typical thing, you know how social networks grow.
I do not want to talk bad about academia.edu per se, the purpose of this site may be a good one (after all Mark Shuttleworth provided some funding). However, the .edu TLD is misleading, since their firm does not have an academic affiliation.
Well, if you follow the link, you will end up on their login screen. And this was just too tempting for me not to blog about: here it is, what’s wrong in academia…