There is a significant amount of variety across universities in how they deal with the tenure process. In some places everything is closed off to the candidate until the curtain is pulled back with a handshake or kick in the ass. In others, there is more communication along the way. In a small subset, this is taken to an extreme. The more I learn about the variation in the tenure process the more I wonder what I would choose, given certain choices.
My questions for y'all today are along those lines:
1) Would you chose to read your external tenure letters (those solicited from people outside the university)?
2) Would you want to know who the people writing those letters are?
3) If you did read the letters and were given the option to exclude letters you did not think supported your case, would you?
I'll post my thoughts in a bit.