When did it become okay to ask people to write an opinion about them for you? This practice is socially acceptable, how? Seriously, is there anything worse than asking someone to write you a reference letter and then having them foist the responsibility right back at you? The message is, "Yes, I'll support you, just as long as it doesn't require an ounce of my own effort". I can see situations where this is alright to do, but in most cases it just kinda sucks. Sure, I'm putting together a whole proposal, but I would love to write your opinion of me as well. Thank you for your support.
Dude, fuck. Sigh.