I want to conquer the world. Should I take on more PhD students? I am too busy. Should I drop some of them? These are fundamental questions in the life of a professor.
The students, of course, have similar questions but much less control over this: "My advisor has no time for me, and they are taking ANOTHER student?" or "Man, I wish I wasn't the only student this crazy guy has; that way he'd leave me alone for longer."
So, I decided to start a poll here to determine what people think is the optimal number of PhD students that an advisor should have. (I have six.)
Most of you read this blog via some sort of blog reader like Google Reader. Unfortunately, you'll have to visit the blog directly to vote.
Addendum: After a week of voting, ~300 people responded as follows:
0 students: 3%
1 student: 4%
2-4 students: 63%
5-8 students: 20%
9 or more: 7%
Apparently I have too many students :)