MOVING TO FRONT AGAIN (ORIGINALLY POSTED NOV. 30)--INTERESTING DISCUSSION/COMMENTS, AS WELL AS REPLIES FROM PROF. FARACI, ABOUT A VERY IMPORTANT INITIATIVE
Philosopher David Faraci asked me to share this announcement, which I'm happy to do:
Introducing MARGY: Free Management for Confidential Letters of Recommendation
Applicants on the academic job market spend thousands of dollars a year to have professional dossier services handle their confidential letters of recommendation. Some of this requires staff involvement: filling out forms, uploading to proprietary sites, etc. But a good deal of it is just sending emails. The only reason a middleperson is necessary is because the emails need to include a confidential attachment.
Introducing MARGY [hard ‘g’] (Managing Academic Recommendations Gratis Yay), a FREE automated system for emailing confidential letters of recommendation. Letter-writers upload letters to MARGY’s secure server; applicants tell the system where to email those letters. Confidentiality is maintained via a whitelist; the system will only send letters to email addresses that have been confirmed as being maintained by a relevant hiring entity.
MARGY is currently in beta testing by creator David Faraci and co-developer Graham Leach-Krouse. They are looking for people to help with the beta test: to play around with the site and the email system, or to look directly at the source code, and help them debug and increase usability. The more people who help, the faster MARGY can be officially released, and the sooner people can start saving time and money.
They are also looking for donations of server space.
Source Code: https://github.com/davidfaraci/margy
Bug Reports and Feature Requests: https://github.com/davidfaraci/margy/issues
Questions or Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
This sounds very promising. I'm opening comments for any questions or concerns about how this will work.