FAQs Reference System

You will never be able to remove a reference from your profile. However, for reasons listed below, you may contact thePOOSH.org to inquire about a questionable reference. Reasons that references could be removed are: abusive, discriminatory or offensive language, references based on speculation, references that are repeatedly updated, retaliatory references, references describing someone else's experience and references that contain private information.

Nope! That would leave the reference irrelevant! The reference is meant to be from a person about another person for the benefit of many people. Anonymous references seem cowardly and leave nobody accountable for the reference, which is the whole point!

Before writing a negative reference, please think carefully about this decision. References are taken seriously and abusive or offensive language will not be tolerated at thePOOSH.org. However, if you should like to write a negative reference, please make sure that it is objective and rational. We do not believe that there will be many negative references, but the possibility certainly exists, specifically with the grey areas that thePOOSH.org is aware of like hours of work per day, food being provided, etc. Nonetheless, we believe that these details can be worked out between build site host and POOSHer in person. Be aware of cultural differences! ThePOOSH.org ultimately aims to connect people from around our planet with a common goal: to have a variety of skilled and unskilled people work together towards a common goal of building sustainable structures, thus developing and fostering confidence and community. Try to work out disagreements "off the record." Strong emotions towards another POOSH member should be avoided. Rather, aim to be objective, honest and empathetic.

Before writing a negative reference, please think carefully about this decision. References are taken seriously and abusive or offensive language will not be tolerated at thePOOSH.org. However, if you should like to write a negative reference, please make sure that it is objective and rational. We do not believe that there will be many negative references, but the possibility certainly exists, specifically with the grey areas that thePOOSH.org is aware of like hours of work per day, food being provided, etc. Nonetheless, we believe that these details can be worked out between build site host and POOSHer in person.

Your references should be written in the third-person form. In other words, write your reference as if speaking to someone who has never met the person you are writing about. References are reciprocal; oftentimes, a POOSHer will write a reference about a build project host and the same build  project host will write a reference in response. As a POOSHer writing about a build  project host, you should say how my host was. Did he/she manage volunteers well? Was there food and accommodation provided? Did he/she treat volunteers with respect and create a good working environment?

As a build project host writing about a POOSHer, was he/she a good worker? Did he/she treat you and others in a friendly and inviting manner? Did you trust this person? How did this person affect the build project mood and environment? Overall, references should be written in a descriptive manner displaying what a person is like.

References are written about an experience you had with another person through thePOOSH.org. They should be informative and honest. In essence, a reference is a way for a third-party person to get some information about a person before meeting them. There are three types of references -- positive, negative and neutral. When writing references, please be aware that they are taken seriously and will reflect not only upon the person you are writing about, but upon yourself as well.