July 26, 2021
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How do I post my comments?
Can I Say Anything I Want?
What Makes a Good Comment?
How does the rating system work?
What if My Professor is Not Listed?
1. How do I Post My Comments?
To post comments about a professor, use the
Rate a Professor
form. First, choose the professor you want to rate. Then fill out the rest of the form and submit it! It will be reviewed and posted to the site within one week's time. If, after that time, your comments do not appear on the site, then your comments have been banned, and you will need to re-post a cleaned up version.
Only the "Subject," "Comment Type," and "Comments" fields are required when filling out the form. But the more information you enter, the more helpful it can be. The number ratings are a good way to generalize a professor, so everyone is encouraged to fill those in, as well.
2. Can I Say Anything I Want?
You can say just about anything. ShipSpeaks is a place for people's opinions to be heard. However, some people post comments that "cross the line" so to speak. Writing comments of this nature will cause us to immediately ban them from the site, since all comments are reviewed before being posted. Examples of words or phrases that will get comments banned:
Attacks on personal aspects of a professor's life (sexual preference, political affiliation, etc).
Most postings pass inspection with no problem. If your comments get banned, you can always re-post a cleaned up version of your comments at a later time. See the next section.
3. What Makes a Good Comment?
A good comment does not simple say "THIS PROFESSOR SUCKS!" A more detailed description of why the professor was good or bad helps students much more than subjective statements such as the one above. Here are some good things to include in your comments:
A description of the professor's teaching style:
Did he/she simply drone on and on? Or did the prof make the class fun?
How much work you had to do
This helps people who are looking for an easier or (heaven forbid) a harder class. People typically say things like, "We had 3 tests and a final, one group presentation, and homework every night."
How accomodating is the prof?:
Does he/she give extra credit? Does he/she help you during office hours?
All of these things can help another student decide whether he or she wants to take the professor. Help your fellow students!
4. How Does the Rating System Work?
The number ratings for each professor are based on a scale of 1-10. Every time someone posts a comment, they have a chance to rate the professor in 4 different categories. These categories are:
: Did the prof do a good job in getting his/her point across?
: How difficult was the class you took the professor for?
: Was the prof always there to help? Or was he/she never around?
: An overall rating based on your other ratings, and on comparing the prof to other profs.
The average scores are shown at the top of each professor's rating page.
5. What if My Professor is Not Listed?
If your professor is not listed when you try to post your comments,
to submit the missing prof. You will have to enter the following information about the prof:
First and Last Name
Department he/she works for
The professor will be added within one week's time. Check back after that time in order to post your comments!
6. Search Tips
Searching for a professor is quick and easy. The best way to search, if you know the first letter of the prof's last name, is to use the letters at the bottom of every ShipSpeaks page. Or you can use the
page, if all you know is the department of the professor(s) you want to look for.
Example: Say you want to compare all the Computer science profs. Go to the search page, choose "Computer Science," and you will get a list of CompSci professors showing their ratings... making it easy to compare them!
If you have any questions, need any help, or have ideas as to how to improve the site, your feedback is always welcomed!
with your feedback and we'll get back to you ASAP!
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