The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2272 Friday, 8 December 2000
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Friday, December 08, 2000
Subject: Common Threads
Some members in the past three digests that I have just posted have
expressed concerns about what is proper and improper on SHAKSPER.
Excepting the "authorship" question, I generally err toward the
inclusive. However, my ideal is to keep SHAKSPER as scholarly as
possible with occasional flights of whimsy. The membership is indeed
varied, and its variety contributes to the liveliness of many
When I admonished members "to count to ten," I was in fact trying to
encourage self-restraint. At the time I made this plea, a member sent me
the membership guidelines for a philosophy list. The guidelines
contained excellent suggestions and could be well-adapted to SHAKSPER.
However, for the time being, I would like to continue with primarily
self-moderation and my ongoing behind the scenes minimal moderation.
SHAKSPER is fortunate not to suffer with as many "flame wars" as some
lists. I would like the list to remain that way, so I would encourage
"counting to ten" before flaming and ask that responses that could be
consider flames be sent off-list.
In your debt and service,