Ok, We Get It: No One Likes Being Criticized Online

from the but,-it-still-won't-go-away dept

Earlier this month we wrote about how doctors were freaking out over public sites where patients would complain about the doctors or rate them. And, now, Wired News is running a similar article about how professors are freaking out about the RateMyProfessors site, which has been around for ages. What's odd, though, is that the article seems to assume that all professors hate the site. Obviously, almost no one likes to be criticized (especially publicly), but some professors I know don't seem to mind those sites too much. While not all of the feedback is constructive, certainly a lot of it is. And, no matter how much people hate being talked about online, it's not going to make these sites go away. So, people need to learn to either ignore them or try to take the constructive feedback for what it is.
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  1. identicon
    Bryan Berkland, 29 Sep 2005 @ 4:47pm

    valueable

    Ratemyprofessor.com is a valueable tool. A bad professor can screw up or even crush an individuals hopes for a diploma if done right. A good one can inspire infinate potential. Used in moderation, rmp.com gives the user acess to thousands of opinions that are generaly true however exagerated some opinions may be. I use it to help pick my professors. As for negative feedback, some of the best professors I have encountered hand out evaluation papers and expect negative feedback from their students at the end of a semester. I guarantee you if a professor knows they're not liked, they wont have to get their information form a website.

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