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Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
I just read a letter of recommendation in which the person writing the letter said he cannot recommend the candidate. Which begs the question: Is it implied that you will recommend the person for whatever they're applying for if you agree to write him/her a recommendation?
For me it is. I would never write a bad letter for a trainee.

I had the issue come up with a very bright postdoc who just stopped showing up and owed me two good papers I could ill afford to lose at the time, but she went to work for a consulting firm and never asked.

One of my residency supervisors wrote me a borderline unenthusiastic letter for fellowship and I thought that sucked.
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