Some of my colleagues like to have bound copies of graduate student theses on their shelves; others hate those ugly bound things and just want a pdf.
Note: In the US, theses are ugly hardbound things with the student name and project title. I prefer the style at some European universities of producing a paperback book with a nice cover, but this has not yet caught on here.
Despite their lack of aesthetic appeal and the unfortunate formatting requirements that make the bound thesis much bigger than it needs to be, I like to have at least some bound copies lined up on my shelf. It is a nice, tangible reminder that some students do in fact survive working with me and have accomplished something.
Some students (typically MS students) don't want to order bound copies, so for them I only have a pdf and that's fine. I certainly am not going to force every student to order bound copies just because I like to have an array of theses on my shelf.
So it's time for a poll:
6 days ago