It’s getting to that point in my career where lots of people are asking me for recommendations. For grad school, for studying abroad, for law school, to a shelter for adopting a kitten (seriously), and for jobs. So I have a question for the wise world of scatterplot readers: anyone out there have a good policy on when to write letters of recommendation, and when it is alright to say no? They take me a lot of time. I understand they’re my responsibility as a faculty member. I just don’t know when it’s perfectly reasonable to say, “sorry, I can’t do this.” And also, HOW to say that without it being read as, “I don’t want to because you suck.” We’ve come full circle. I asked about saying no almost a year ago!