Brownstoner’s creator offers real estate broker-rating site

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The man behind Brooklyn's Brownstoner real estate blog has created a new Web site that allows visitors to rate real estate brokers in the five boroughs of New York City., which launched Friday, allows visitors to assign a score of one (poor) to five (great) in each of three categories: knowledge, courtesy and effectiveness. Brownstoner's founder, who is secretive about his identity and chooses to remain anonymous, said Monday that there are about 110 brokers who are rated at the site. Site users can also remain anonymous and can leave comments in addition to the numerical ratings. The site spells out some basic rules of conduct: "be polite even when providing negative feedback; tell stories and tell the truth; give brokers the benefit of the doubt; avoid profanity and name-calling; (and) report bad behavior to the administrator." is an example of a site that relies and thrives on user-generated content, and it's part of an emerging wave of new interact...