"There's a fine tradition of passing the bad apple around, but that doesn't do anybody any good."
-- Toxicologist Resha Putzrath
People requesting recommendations, on the other hand, are faced with the task of selecting the best people to write the letters and providing them with enough information for a letter of sufficient specificity. All this for a tradition that some believe has outlived its usefulness.
"There's an over-reliance on letters," maintains...