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Editor's Remarks
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1358  Wednesday, 2 July 2003

From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Wednesday, July 02, 2003
Subject:        Editor's Remarks

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

SHAKSPER is not a newsgroup nor was meant to be one.

SHAKSPER is an edited discussion list. To bring it to the members, I
spend a minimum of an hour a day preparing the digests for distribution.
(Today, for a variety of reasons, it has been more like four hours.)

Practices that are acceptable on less formal electronic media are not
appropriate to this list.

I ask that members display a degree of civility toward each other
(self-moderation). In this regard, I have asked that members "count to
ten" before hitting the reply key. For a compilation of some of these
requests see

I also ask that members pre-format their submissions.

If your name does not appear in the FROM line or does not appear
correctly (i.e., account is in the name of a spouse, partner, companion,
alias, etc.), sign your name at the bottom so that I can cut and paste
it next to your e-mail address. You may include your title, academic
affiliation, geographical location, or similar information, but
signatures should be kept to a minimum of three lines.

Do not copy and re-send the message to which you are replying or
automatically include the entire original post or digest. Quote,
paraphrase, copy and paste, or cite your correspondent by name; give as
much of the context as you can to clarify the nature of your reply. If
you "cut and paste" information from another Internet or electronic
source, which often results in irregularly spaced lines of text, then
pre-format that text to be sure that the information is word wrapped and
does not require me to extra spend time re-formatting the text for

Along these lines, I have asked (SHK 13.2395) that members avoid the
temptation of simply cutting and pasting entire online articles and
reviews and forwarding them directly to the list. Posters should
judiciously quote and summarize and then provide the URL.

I have also requested over the years that some exchanges are more
appropriate offline than online. I made a list of suggestions last May
(SHK 13.1392) for such topics, which can be found at

Thank you for your consideration,

S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
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