Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 692. Saturday, 30 October 1993.
Date: Saturday, 30 Oct 1993 12:16:00 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: How About a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)?
It has been on my mind for some time to ask my electronic colleagues whether or
not it would be appropriate to have a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for
SHAKSPER. This would be very much in the Internet tradition, and could be most
helpful, particularly but not exclusively for new SHAKSPERians.
I do realize that there are libraries full of books about Shakespeare and that
the selection process for a FAQ would be a great challenge. But it could be
rewarding. For example, I suspect I missed some of the texture of the
Shakespeare and Politics debate by being so politically uncorrect that certain
references passed me by. (At the same time, whoever might do an FAQ, PLEASE be
dispassionate not partisan about the controversies you mention!).
My belief this could be worthwhile was great enhanced by reading Bill Loos
(Harvard) and his FAQ for the Tolkien group on LISTSERV @JHUVM.HCF.JHU.EDU --
this is of course a more august, academically serious forum, but perhaps the
idea is still worth consideration. Even a well-considered rejection could, in
the process, shed interesting light on how the traditions of Shakespearian
scholarship and of Internet should intermingle.