Several members offered suggestions for how we can improve the reference system in another thread.
Think (already mentioned and proposed on the main site) some anonymous feedback with the reference would work the best in combination with member rating. Maybe it’s an idea to have some local representatives/ambassadors so after the anonomous feedback they can try to handle and moderate the situation locally?
The trick is to design it in such a way where you can say, “I wasn’t 100% comfortable with this person” without worrying about being too harsh, facing backlash, etc. Some possibilities:
- Checkboxes similar to the CS tag system (the one that has things like “fun”, “wanted to hang out”, “okay with not hanging out”) but more compulsory and extra stuff like “didn’t ever feel uncomfortable”
- A ‘private’ aspect to references, where you can give a star rating for friendliness, appropriateness, etc and they are displayed only as an average after x references (you can’t see what each referee said)
The possibility of a ‘revenge reference’ is definitely something that puts people off leaving a less than positive review. Having a ‘rating’ separate from individual references would make it difficult to see exactly from whom your score went down/up.
Let’s continue the discussion here in a new thread!