Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 43. Saturday, 9 Feb 1991.
Date: Sat, 09 Feb 91 14:12:21 EST
Subject: Error in SHK 2.0042 (Brazilian Spinoff Cont'd)
Comment: Apologies for Error in SHK 2.0042 (Brazilian Spinoff Cont'd)
Dear Fellow SHAKSPEReans;
I must apologize to Eric Mitchell Sabinson for the computer glitch
which SHAKSPER has successfully evaded for several months now.
Periodically, ListServ takes a perfectly normal SHAKSPER digest
and turns it into a pretzel, usually creating a text file which
looks like the reduplicated passages in Love's Labour's Lost,
two or more consecutive versions of the same text. Today it has
occurred again, with Sabinson's mailing.
I think it important that you all recognize the problem when it
occurs, and not ascribe it to a tired editor or intoxicated writer.
The same problem seems to afflict HUMANIST, and may well attack other
unsuspecting moderated lists as well. Things will probably improve
when the UofT EPAS site shifts from VM/CMS to UNIX this summer --
but I make no promises.
One of the primary reasons I monitor SHAKSPER mailings at each stage
of the distribution process is to attempt to detect these computer
errors -- but as yet there is no way to prevent them. It seems to
me that it would be self-defeating to send a new copy of the mailing
which you have all just received in duplicate, simply so that you have
an unduplicated version. (That would make three, or perhaps four,
versions preserved for posterity in the SHAKSPER Logbook, too!)
So again, my apologies, both to those contributors struck at random
by the problem, and to all of you who must weed through slightly
tangled digests from time to time. In future, should the confusion become
sufficiently serious, I will send a replacement copy of the victimized
University of Toronto