College Confidential Equals Academic City-Data

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Since: Dec 08

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#1 May 29, 2013
Users here familiar with rants about power-hungry moderators on the infamous City-Data forum should expect more of the same at the College Confidential forum for the same reasons. The forum exists primarily to generate advertising dollars for the site owners rather than to convey useful information to the students. As volunteers, moderators get no payment beyond "feeling good" about squashing "unacceptable" forum user behavior. This includes restricting or banning users who engage in any so-called "promotion" of any book, video, or Web site the users might find helpful to share with others. Only "authoritative" citations are allowed, whatever that means.

Given how untrustworthy so many "authorities" have proven themselves, that restriction has no merit. In a time when colleges cheerfully run students into six figures of debt with no guarantee of future payback, along with professors who refuse to serve the students they are paid to serve, forums should be encouraging the sharing of useful information to help students avoid these traps. Instead, College Confidential simply seeks to profit by maintaining student ignorance with stupidly restrictive posting policies.

Thank you for this opportunity to vent.
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Syracuse, NY

#2 Aug 6, 2013
Thanks for the revealing information. No wonder they censored my mention of my son's College Application Organizer for i-phones. It competes directly with their free mobile app which is not private. So students who put information into their mobile app are essentially conveying it to College Confidential and Naviance and the kid's guidance counselor. I had no idea they were connected to City-Data! good to know and thanks!
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Syracuse, NY

#3 Aug 6, 2013
My son downloaded a College Application Organizer from the Apple Store. Before he got his, I asked about it on the education forum on City Data. They removed the name and other information. I think the interconnections of the sites pretending to help students and enterprises that make big bucks from college consultants is a real problem.

Since: Dec 08

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#4 Aug 8, 2013
Just to clarify, CC and CD are completely unrelated sites but do share insidiously common traits already described.

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