I wanted to post this question because I know a lot of the posters here are professors themselves. So I'm applying to math phd programs and i've been asking profs to write me rec's. My question is why professors insist that I waive my right to see the recommendations. I asked them if they would write me good rec's and they said they would, and assuming i do not waive my right i can only see the letter if i get in to a particular institution. I'm not worried about the actual waiving of this right, i did it without being asked, what i'm worried about is why some prof's want confirmation that I waived this right - is it because they aren't writing good rec's? I'm probably being paranoid but I'd like to have a professor's perspective. Please advise.