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Reminder: Preformatting
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0430  Tuesday, 3 July 2007

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Subject: 	Reminder: Preformatting

Dan Venning <
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 > wrote me asking, "is there any 
way you could include original messages in the replies you send out to 
the list? Often these replies go out days later, and without the 
original message included below, as in most replies, we have to search 
through our inboxes and find the original message, matching up who's 
replying to what issue in a particular message?"

Ever now and then, I need to take the opportunity to refresh old members 
and inform new members of suggestions that I have made over the years to 
ease my labors and make SHAKSPER operate more effectively and 
efficiently. In this regard, I would like to call members' attentions to 
the SHAKSPER Netiquette page -- http://www.shaksper.net/netiquette.html 
-- that is linked to the home page of the website.

The official title of this page is "Some Thoughts from SHAKSPER's Editor 
Regarding Netiquette:      What follows are suggestions for collegial 
conduct on SHAKSPER. They are voluntary and are not in and of themselves 
reasons for censure or expulsion. A summary of the main points to be 
used as a quick reference is followed by a lengthily message explaining 
the reasons behind the suggestions."

Suggestions are organized in the following sections: SELF-MODERATION, 
SELF-GOVERNMENT, PRE-FORMATTING SUBMISSIONS, and SUGGESTIONS FOR 
RESPONDING TO CONTRIBUTIONS YOU CONSIDER FOOLISH, MYOPIC, MISTAKEN, OR 
BORING.

Dan's question is addressed in the Pre-Formatting Submissions section, 
the second item:

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 spend extra time re-formatting the text for 
distribution.

I take my job as editor/moderator seriously and spend considerable time 
organizing and formatting the daily digest for the list. Member can help 
me out by following the suggestions in the Pre-Formatting section of the 
SHAKSPER Netiquette page.

Behind the scenes,
Hardy
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