Today I was pointed to a relatively recent blog, Academic Kindness, which collects little anecdotes about the kindness experienced by academics.
I solicit outtakes from peer reviews, emails, marginal comments on seminar papers, and other examples of kindness to publish as a testimony that not all academics are brutish self-centered narcissists who delight in tearing apart the work of others for sport. Many more do pay it forward with gifts of time, inspirational words, and random acts of kindness. By publicizing these acts of academic kindness I hope to document that generosity and compassion are normative in academia.
It seems like a much-needed counterweight to the hundreds of blogs complaining about nastiness among academics.