Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0465. Friday, 9 June 1995.
Date: Thursday, 8 Jun 1995 20:18:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 2nd RFD: humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare
REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
unmoderated group humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare
Summary: Poetry, plays, history of Shakespeare
This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) on the subject of creating
an unmoderated Usenet newsgroup:
This message initiates a discussion period to consider the creation of a
humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare newsgroup. Discussion will take place
on news.groups. All follow-up posts on Usenet should be made to
This is the second RFD for this group. The first RFD used the name,
humanities.literature.english.shakespeare. As a result of the first
discussion (see Rationale below), the name has been changed to
humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare and another discussion period (of at
least seven days) is required due to the name change.
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.
The creation of humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare will initiate a
humanities.lit.* hierarchy (lit = literature). During the first
discussion period, ".lit." was favored over ".literature." for the second
level of the name (by 48:17 in a straw poll). The creation of this group
will also establish humanities.lit.authors.* as a possible location for
other single-author newsgroups. During the discussion period, ".authors."
was favored over ".english." for the third level of the name because this
is likely to prevent arguments over the names of future single-author
newsgroups. Although ".english." seems a good fit for Shakespeare, other
authors are not so easy to categorize. A straw poll favored ".authors."
over ".english." for the third level of the name by a vote of 44:4. The
creation of humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare will not preclude future
division of the humanities.lit.* hierarchy by language or other subjects
as will be determined by future newsgroup votes (e.g. it is possible that
humanities.lit.english.misc will be created some day).
During the first discussion period, few or no objections were raised to
the Charter itself. Discussion focused on what to use for the name of the
The unmoderated newsgroup humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare will be for
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
5> Shakespeare's authorship including his sources, allusions in his works,
publication of his works, possible collaborations, and possible
NOTE THE FOLLOWING
This is NOT a call for votes. A Call For Votes (CFV) will be posted after
a discussion period of at least 7 days and will be conducted by an
independent third party.
This RFD is being cross-posted to news.announce.newgroups, news.groups,
humanities.misc, rec.arts.books, and rec.arts.theatre.plays. It is also
being posted to the listserv list, shaksper@utoronto. Followups on Usenet
should be made to news.groups.
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