I just made a mistake.
I swore off RMP a long time ago because I found something incredibly cruel written about a good friend. But today I wound up clicking on my own rating--see, I just updated my faculty webpage, and so I googled myself to make sure that it was coming up properly. RMP came up in the results, and I thought, what the hell.
There are two comments.
One is very nice.
And one is...wow. Just wow. I am apparently the worst professor ever, according to this anonymous individual who even changed the name of the course into something insulting. What he or she wrote is, quite simply, hateful.
And I know that this doesn't mean anything, because I know that most of my students do like my classes more or less--and do seem to like me--and seem to learn from them--and my evaluations are very good. But the fact that someone would go out of his or her way to write such horrible things about a person, anonymously, in public? I have to teach in an hour and I'm in my office crying, for fuck's sake.
However I offended you with my comments on your papers, Student, I did not insult you as a person and publish said insult on the internet. Okay?
Personal ban of RMP resumed.
ETA: Okay. I'm over it. I just needed to get that out.... Also I haven't been feeling very well today--nothing specific, just a sensation like the bones of my head are on too tight, if that makes sense--so perhaps I was extra vulnerable. Anyway, WHATever. Just about everyone gets something nasty written about herself on RMP; it was my turn, that's all.
I do wish, though, that there were fewer venues for people to spew venom about others in public. You know? Not just on RMP, but in general. There's so much nasty snark out there--the public ridiculing of reality TV contestants, celebrities, etc.--people refer to themselves as "catty" as though it were a badge of honor. But it's all so terribly cruel and unhealthy.