It’s not just students who are obsessed with web sites such as, reports the New York Times: Many instructors are, too. Like many online services, the engrossing professor-ranking site seems at first to be a companion to offline life. Real-life students take real-life classes and hand down judgments of real-life professors in a virtual forum. The site invites reviewers—whose identities as students are never given or verified—to give numerical rankings, from 1 to 5, in four categories: easiness, helpfulness, clarity, and the reviewers’ interest in the subject matter before they took the class. You can also assign professors chili-pepper...

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