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CFV: New Newsgroup on Shakespeare
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0562.  Tuesday, 18 July 1995.
 
From:           Marty Hyatt <
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Date:           Saturday, 15 Jul 1995 23:28:44 -0400
Subject:        CFV: humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare
 
                          FIRST CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
             unmoderated group humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare
 
Newsgroups line:
humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare      Poetry, plays, history of Shakespeare.
 
Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC, 2 Aug 1995.
 
This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party. For voting questions
only contact Michael Handler <
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proposed group contact Marty Hyatt <
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RATIONALE
 
Shakespeare has been discussed frequently in rec.arts.theatre.plays and
occasionally in rec.arts.books.  There is also a moderated listserv list,
SHAKSPER, devoted to Shakespeare.  But there is no Usenet newsgroup
specifically for the discussion of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The new
group humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare will be unmoderated. There are no
plans to gate the new group to the listserv list.
 
During the first discussion period, few or no objections were raised to the
Charter itself.  Comments focused on the group's name.  As a result, the
originally proposed name (humanities.literature.english.shakespeare) was
modified to the present humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare, which was used for
the second discussion period.  During the second discussion period, there were
very few comments (and all were favorable).
 
CHARTER
 
The unmoderated newsgroup humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare will be for
discussion of:
 
1> the plays and poems of William Shakespeare and other English writers of
   the 16th and 17th centuries.
2> the life and times of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
3> the production, staging, and acting of Shakespeare's plays, including
   current and past productions.
4> Shakespeare's influence and impact on subsequent literature and
   culture.
5> Shakespeare's authorship including his sources, allusions in his works,
   publication of his works, possible collaborations, and possible
   pseudonymity.
 
DISTRIBUTION
 
This Call For Votes (CFV) has been crossposted to the following newsgroups:
 
news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, humanities.misc,
rec.arts.books, rec.arts.theatre.plays
 
After this Call For Votes (CFV) appears in <news.announce.newsgroups>, it will
be sent to the following mailing list(s):
 
* shaksper@utoronto.bitnet
 
HOW TO VOTE
 
One vote counted per person, no more than one per account. Attempts at ballot
box stuffing or vote fraud will not be treated lightly.
 
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*** IMPORTANT: _Addresses_ and _votes_ of all voters will be published ***
*** in the final voting results list. UVV voting on Usenet is not done ***
*** by secret ballot. If you don't like this, don't vote.              ***
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Send email to: <
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Just replying should work if you are not reading this on a mailing list.
 
Your mail message should contain ONE (and only ONE) of the following
statements:
 
      I vote YES on humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare
      I vote NO on humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare
      I vote ABSTAIN on humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare
      I CANCEL my vote on humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare
 
If you vote ABSTAIN, your vote will be registered and will be shown in the
final results posting, but it will not affect the outcome of the vote. It is
intended as a form of symbolic protest, nothing more.
 
If you CANCEL your vote, all records of your vote will be purged from the
active results file, and your name and address will not be listed in the final
results posting.
 
ABSTAIN and CANCEL are nearly the same thing -- the only difference is, with
ABSTAIN, your name and address are still listed in the final listing.
 
If you later change your mind you may vote again. Only your last valid vote
will count and will be published in the final results posting.
 
Anything else may be rejected by the automatic vote counting program.  The
votetaker will respond to your received ballots with a personal acknowledgement
by mail -- if you do not receive one within several days, try again. It's your
responsibility to make sure your vote is registered correctly.
 
After the final results are posted to <news.announce.newgroups>, there will
then be a five-day period during which the published vote list may be corrected
and any irregularities addressed.
 
OFFICIAL SOURCES OF THE CFV
 
The only official sources of this CFV are:
* The copy which was crossposted to <news.announce.newgroups>
* Any copies which were sent to mailing lists by the votetaker (and *only*
  the votetaker)
* One received from the votetaker's automated mailserver
 
To obtain a copy of the CFV from the votetaker's mailserver, send an email
message to <
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does not matter what you say in this message. The text of the message will be
discarded.
 
IMPORTANT: If you give anyone copies of the CFV, the copies must be whole and
unmodified. Distributing pre-filled in ballots or modified copies of this CFV
is considered voting fraud. If this occurs on a large scale or causes voting
problems or irregularities, the vote may be canceled.
 
When in doubt, ask the votetaker.
--
Michael Handler <
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Usenet Volunteer Votetakers WWW page: <URL:http://www.amdahl.com/ext/uvv>
 

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