The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1392 Wednesday, 23 May 2002
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: PLEASE READ: Some Suggestions from the Editor
Subject: Thursday, May 23, 2002
My semester is drawing to a close; I have resigned as chair with only a
few remaining tasks to complete; and I am about to begin a year-long
sabbatical. I should be ecstatically happy were it not that I have been
plagued by questions about what I should so with the rest of my life and
is SHAKSPER still a viable venue for serious discussion of Shakespearean
topics (more about this issue in a future post).
In any case, I have been thinking (or, at least, last night, during a
fit of insomnia, I was thinking) about ways that SHAKSPER might be
improved and my job might be lighten a wee bit.
I will begin with an abbreviated summary of what I do to bring SHAKSPER
to its members.
*Several times a day I check the
*I delete the sometimes hundreds of spasms and error messages and save
mail from members as named and numbered text files in a folder on my
*Usually, on the following morning, I begin by topic formatting posts
and digests for distribution to the members;
*I begin by inserting a header with the date and a volume and issue
*For messages that are not related to any others I have received, I
format the From, Date, and Subject lines to create a consistent design
and then lightly edit them and add the Disclaimer;
*For multiple messages I insert the header, insert all of the messages,
format them, lightly edit them, and create a table of contents;
*Then I mail the posts to the listserv software for distribution.
Sometimes, I can prepare a single message in five minutes or so (but
this does not include any of the other time I spend managing the list
itself); digests, of course, take a significantly more time.
Let me make a few SUGGESTIONS that would lighten my workload and I
believe improve the quality of the list as a whole.
LOAD LIGHTENING SUGGESTION
If your full name is NOT included in the