FAQs

WHAT IS PRECEPTORBUDDY.COM

PreceptorBuddy.com is a 100% free website and community that allows users to anonymously rate their preceptors. Users can also post comments, and see the public comments posted by others.

ARE RATINGS AND REVIEWS COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS?

Yes.

CAN I DISPLAY MY RATINGS ON MY OWN WEBSITE?

Yes.  Please copy your profile URL which can be found in the address bar.

HOW DO I CREATE AN ACCOUNT?

To create an account, please click here.  All ratings and reviews submitted are anonymous.

 

 

IS THIS SITE JUST FOR FLAMING?

No. The majority of ratings and reviews left are constructive and positive.

IS RATING PRECEPTORS LIMITED TO STUDENTS ONLY?

We prefer that you only rate preceptors whom you have personally worked with.

HOW DOES YOUR RATING SYSTEM WORK?

All categories are based on a 5 point rating system, with 5 being the best.  The overall rating is the average of all scores received in each category.

HOW SOON ARE MY REVIEWS/RATING VISIBLE?

Usually with 2-3 hours upon moderator approval.

HOW SOON ARE PRECEPTOR LISTINGS VISIBLE?

New preceptor listings are immediately visible.

DO YOU HAVE ANY RATING GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW?

Please click here.

WHAT DO PRECEPTORS THINK OF THIS SITE?

It really depends on the preceptor.  We receive a lot of emails from preceptors telling us they like the site, and we’ve even had some telling us how the site has helped them. We also get some pretty nasty emails telling us how inappropriate the site is, how they are going to shut us down, and so forth etc.

HOW DO I ADD A PRECEPTOR TO THE SITE?

To add a new preceptor listing,  please search for your preceptor’s name first to ensure no match has been found.  If your preceptor does not yet have a listing, you can Add a Preceptor  to our site before continuing on with adding a new review.

HOW DO I RATE MY PRECEPTOR?

To add a new rating/review,  search for your preceptor’s name.  Once you have located the desired preceptor, select “Add New Review”.  If your preceptor does not yet have a listing, you can Add a Preceptor  to our site before continuing with adding a new review.

I’M EXPERIENCING TECH ISSUES. CAN YOU HELP?

If you are experiencing technical issues, please try these troubleshooting steps:

– Refresh your browser page

– Clear your browser’s cache

– Test in a different browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari)

WHY WAS MY REVIEW AND/OR COMMENT DELETED?

Reviews or comments that do not follow our site rating rules will be removed.

CAN I DISPLAY MY RATINGS ON MY OWN WEBSITE?

Yes.  Please copy your profile URL which can be found in the address bar.

HOW DO I GET AN INACCURATE RATING REMOVED FROM YOUR SITE?

Please note that we generally do not remove reviews and/or ratings.  This site is for users to document preceptor experiences.  If you believe a review is inaccurate, please use our flag option.  You will see a flag icon at the bottom right of each review.   When you click on this button, you will be provided with an opportunity to explain why you believe this review is inaccurate and/or should be removed.   If you are convinced you have been libeled, you may consider further legal action or you can publicly respond on our site to the review by clicking on “comment”, located on the last line of the review you wish you to flag.

PLEASE TAKE DOWN A REVIEW OR I’M GOING TO SUE YOU.

This sounds like a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP)! Please note that at least 28 states, have passed strict anti-SLAPP laws, authorizing expedited motions to dismiss and giving rise to counterclaims seeking attorneys’ fees and liquidated damages.  If you want to drag us into court, bring your checkbook with you, because you’ll be paying our attorneys to defend us.

A few more links you should probably check out before trying to sue:

Anti-SLAPP Law

Court punishes school for punishing student

Profs get hit with anti-SLAPP payments for suing website

YOUR RATINGS ARE FALSE AND DAMAGING MY REPUTATION. I AM GOING TO SEND YOU A DEMAND LETTER.

It is not our role to determine whether a review is true or false and consequently, we do not accept demand letters.  Disputing the truth of a review and/or rating, does not invalidate the rating/review. You are welcome to post a free public response to any review on preceptorbuddy.com.

SINCE YOU DO NOT ACCEPT DEMAND LETTERS, I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO SUE!

Please calm down and take a deep breathe!  The Communications Decency Act (the “CDA”) is a complete bar to our liability for the statements of others on this website: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” 47 U.S.C. § 230. Federal courts have applied this standard on its terms: “By its plain language, Section 230 creates a federal immunity to any cause of action that would make service providers liable for information originating with a third-party user of the service.” Zeran v. AOL, 129 F.3d 327, 330 (4th Cir. 1997). The ratings on this site are written by our users, not by our company. Thus, under the CDA, we are not the “publisher or speaker” of the ratings, even if they contain false information and we are not liable for defamation, libel, fraud or any other tort claim you might bring.

Please read the summary of legal protections for rating and review sites, and the organizations that assist in defending against baseless lawsuits, at:
RARPA Legal Information

MY DEMAND LETTER STATES THAT YOUR REVIEW IS FALSE/DEFAMATORY. THAT MAKES YOU LIABLE RIGHT?

We are not liable.  Zeran, 129 F.3d at 227, and the cases following it uniformly hold that it is not up to us to determine whether your demand letter is correct or the review is correct.  The CDA gives us complete immunity for the statements that others make on this site.

YOU LOST YOUR CDA IMMUNITY BY COMBINING USER RATINGS INTO AN AVERAGE!

This is incorrect. The most instructive case on aggregate ratings is the California Court of Appeals’ decision in Gentry v. eBay, which squarely held that such ratings do not transform a publisher into an information content provider. 99 Cal.App.4th 816, 834 (Cal. App. 2002)

YOU CANNOT CLAIM CDA IMMUNITY SINCE YOU EDITED THE RATER’S ORIGINAL COMMENTS!

This is incorrect. Under 230(c)(2)(A), “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of (A) any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected”

I’M LOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES AND WILL SUE YOU IN MY OWN JURISDICTION.

Please note that the United States has enacted strict laws protecting US companies from lawsuits brought in foreign jurisdictions. Even if you win a judgment under your local laws, it will not be enforceable in the United States.

See, e.g. SPEECH Act of 2010.

HOW DO I MAKE A COPYRIGHT COMPLAINT?

For more information on our copyright policy, please click here.