I'm sure you are no longer able to leave details in negative references. I have only left one negative but no comment on it.
I did leave a positive which just said "he turned up on time" - says it all really.
Well done Chrissie - you don't have to leave a negative reference to get the message across.
Sorry to hear you've had bad experiences Anna but perhaps if others had left bad references then you wouldn't have worked with these people in the first place. Could you not leave a reference along the lines of 'Working with XXXX was a real experience - please contact me for details'? Even if you write something vaguely complimentary, suggesting people contact you first might help others avoid a similar situation and if they don't seek your advice first then that's their fault and you have a clear conscience.
Then the whole thing would be down to interpretation and it would be back to the original problem.
I do agree models should leave negative references and it's never hurt me any but then I'm a cynical and thick-skinned old bitch. I can't really judge anyone else too harshly for being scared or whatever, that's not their fault, it's the fault of the person who abused them for putting them in the situation in the first place.
A short one-line reference would usually speak volumes. If I read a model's reference saying 'She turned up and posed as required' it would certainly give me cause to contact the photographer for further elaboration. As Chrissie suggested, just because it might be awkward to leave negative comments, there's no need to leave a three paragraph glowing report!
In any case a negative reference is now just a blue face making it more difficult for the recipient to threaten any sort of legal action - which was I think the main reason the system was changed. Whilst you could still get an angry response it is likely the face will stay on the profile and you can report any messages to the mods. It's clearly not perfect but still helpful to others.
I always welcome and even positively suggest bringing a female chaperon (note the spelling, no "e" on the end).
I do now draw the line at the male chaperon..
I always welcome a pedant - despite the fact that the normal accepted spelling today is chaperone as attested by the preference for this in the Oxford Dictionary (regardless of its etymology).
Surely as this refers to a male it should be chaperone (with an e) or have i missed something.
Ah etymology - do you like to study insects then?
My version of the Shorter Oxford Dictionary (in two volumes, dated 1980, page 314) only lists chaperon. I guess the OED has given up trying to fight this one. I suppose we will also have to accept advisor (the American spelling) in place of adviser (the "correct" English spelling).