ssapple wrote:yeah, i didn't look very hard but also wanted to learn any "reliable" source from you guys. i guess we are still "on the internet" at this forum so anything i ask here should be listed as "searching in the internet", although some people think that this forum is a theater for making stand up comedy show.
I find this post very confusing. Why would you consider this forum "reliable" if you also believe it is for "making stand up comedy show?" Plus, even with that, I am sure there have been plenty of references to rankings on this forum, although I feel searching for rankings on this forum would be pointless if you have had the chance to search Google.
However, what you're wanting to know in this second post is indeed not the same as what you asked in the first post. If your first post would have been addressed, "Hey I've found these sites: A, B, C, D, and E that rank physics graduate programs. Which one do you guys believe is the most reliable?" then perhaps someone would have been of aid.
I would not say specifically that posting here is "searching in the internet." I would say that you posting here is "wanting someone else to search the internet for you." Unfortunately, I do not have the time to do so. Also, as much as my initial response seemed like a joke, I back it up with sincerity as I'm fairly certain being able to search for sources and gauge whether they are reliable will be a handy tool in graduate school. Just a gut feeling though.