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Hi Daniel,
I think standardization of the reference letter and the reference letter process might be the way to go in the future! Firstly, I think a standardized methodology, whether that be a template, a universal language or a form of sorts, for referees to fill out will allow evaluators to have an objective evaluation, as opposed to interpreting and "reading through the lines" as Dr. Hookey mentioned. I don't think that people will be able to "beat the system" and trick a standardized system because rules will be universal. However, the honesty of the referee may come into question in a universal format if they choose to exaggerate. Perhaps even moving towards a Likert scale of rating the candidate in terms of quality will be an even more objective way!

Quentin Tsang

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