The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0760 Friday, 9 November 2007
Date: Friday, November 09, 2007
Subject: Explanation: Missing Submissions
On occasion, I receive a query from a member who has made a submission
to SHAKSPER but who has not seen that submission posted to the membership.
account is the place where all submissions to SHAKSPER end up before I
edit them into digests to distribute to the list members.
For many reasons, high among them that SHAKSPER has been around for
eighteen years, my editor account receives on average 1,000 SPAM or
administrative messages per day. I try to delete these messages as
rapidly and as efficiently as I can, striving nonetheless not to
inadvertently delete a legitimate message to the list or to me. However,
with such a large number of messages to wade through every day, I
obviously make mistakes and inadvertently delete some legitimate messages.
Another explanation for my possibly missing a submission for the list
involves the new procedures Eric and I initiated so that listserv does
not distribute SPAMs to members of the list. These procedures create an
additional step for me, confirming the validity of a submission to the
list once I have sent it for distribution. I have on some occasions sent
a digest for distribution but not confirmed that message, resulting in
that digest that I thought I had been distributed not actually being
sent out to members.
A third, but rare, explanation for why I submission might not get posted
to the membership is that I have simply ignored that submission without
writing to the submitter to explain my reasons. My ignoring a submission
rarely happens; and when it does the reason is most likely that I have
found the submission either too offensive even for me to distribute or
that I have corresponded with the submitter on numerous occasions in the
past to explain my reasoning only to discover myself in a conversational
loop with the submitter, a loop of e-mail exchanges in which I explain
and the submitter responds because he or she either does not understand
my position or will not accept my decision. My years of
editing/moderating this list have taught me the dangers of trying "to
fight" with a tar baby and taught me that some persons are so convinced
of the "rightness," the "correctness," the TRUTH of their
interpretation/theory/position that the generally accepted methods of
academic discourse or evidence or, for that matter, facts cannot sway
them to deviate or accept that others, perhaps less enlightened than
they, might not agree with what is so obviously clear to them.
In any case, should you not see a message you have submitted to the
list, you should resend that message, indicating in the Subject Line
that what you are sending is a RESUBMISSION. Please don't write me to
explain why I did not post your submission; just resend it. If I have
made a mistake and overlooked your submission the first time, I will
distribute it with my next series of digests for the list. If, on the
other hand, I have ignored your submission the first time, the chances
are very good that I will ignore it again. If you cannot figure out why
I might have rejected your post, you may write me to ask, but again
please don't assume that I will write back automatically. My time is
very precious now.
Hardy M. Cook
Editor of SHAKSPER
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>
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opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the
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