Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0812. Saturday, 15 October 1994.
Date: Saturday, October 15, 1994
Subject: SHAKSPER's Future
You have undoubtedly noted of late that SHAKSPER digests have not been arriving
with the regularity to which you rightly have become accustomed. The problem is
multifaceted but in large part results from the fact that the LISTSERV at the
University of Toronto recently has been snowed under with traffic.
SHAKSPER was born at the University of Toronto, founded by Ken Steele. The
University of Toronto has been kind enough to let me to continue to run
SHAKSPER from there since Ken gave SHAKSPER over to me. However, with the
enormous increase of network traffic, the UofT's LISTSERV is simply shutting
down from the load, and I am afraid that SHAKSPER is a major contributor to the
problem. We now have close to 800 members, who are very talkative. However,
that is not all; if say three nodes are down and two people have full disk
quotas and another two have left school without unsubscribing from the list,
the number of error messages generated in a single day easily can exceed a
hundred. There are also the administrative commands I issue and the files and
packages I send out to members.
Since I have become SHAKSPER's editor/owner, I have spent a minimum of ten
hours per week running the list. This work is the most gratifying task I do,
and I very much want to continue with it.
With this as prologue, I want to let you all know that I am exploring the
possibility of moving SHAKSPER to my home institution -- Bowie State
University, a member of the University of Maryland System. We currently are
pricing LISTSERV software and studying our other hardware needs to make a
proposal to our President.
Moving SHAKSPER will be traumatic. We may lose members, and we clearly will
lose our association with the University of Toronto, from which I now get
something like ten requests a day for information about joining our conference.
However, I cannot operate SHAKSPER as I want to with the present problems that
the UofT's LISTSERV experiences, in part because of SHAKSPER. I want to get my
backlog of messages for the conference cleared up, but I must submit my digests
and requests at intervals so that I do not shut down LISTSERV as I did
I will surely keep everyone informed. In the meantime, please bear with me.
The lag time between submissions and postings as well as the irregularity of
receiving your digests will probably continue, but let us try to look to the
future to a time when I can deliver to you the level of service that you have
come to expect from SHAKSPER.
Hardy M. Cook
Editor of SHAKSPER