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Re: Counting to Ten
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0793  Friday, 14 April 2000.

From:           Milla Riggio <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Apr 2000 09:27:52 -0400
Subject:        Re: Counting to Ten

Dear folks:

About counting ten before you hit the reply button:  a word of support
from an overwhelmed reader.

For what it's worth, I find myself often hitting the DELETE button,
rather than the reply key, deleting SHAKESPER entries by the dozen
without reading them of late.  The numbers are overwhelming when I turn
on my machine.  I can't deal with 20 messages at once from the same
source.  When leisure permits me to READ the mail before dumping it, I
realize that there are always 2 or 3 letters with information of
interest to me that I want.  And I'm sure I'm losing a lot of these
letters with the quick trigger finger on the delete button.  But I've no
choice.  I can imagine what Hardy's life is like as he tries to process
all this mail.

This is not to say, by the way, that many more of the entries aren't
valuable to lots of people.  I'm not making judgments of that kind.  I'm
only saying that I personally can't handle the number of messages and
that only a few are of PERSONAL interest to me, not that only a few have
value.  I've thought of quitting the list and I may do it, but those
rare moments when I CAN take the time to read through the mail give me
pause, as I usually find some excellent bits of information to store on
my own system.  So for now I'm lingering, deleting often and reading
rarely.

Meanwhile, congratuations to Hardy for his hardy efforts.  I'm only
adding one voice of support for the idea of thinking a little before you
respond.  (Did I follow that rule myself in this instance?  Not
really...so there you go.)

Milla Riggio
 

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