The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.2015 Thursday, 25 November 2004
Date: Wednesday, 24 Nov 2004 11:45:08 -0800
In response to my comment about the 'Sonnet of the Week' discussions at
the newsgroup humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare (h.l.a.s.) I've
received a couple of emails indicating that at least a few SHAKSPER
readers are unfamiliar with newsgroups. With Hardy Cook's forbearance,
I'd like to make a couple of comments.
h.l.a.s. is *not* a website on the World Wide Web. Rather, it is a
newsgroup on something called Usenet, which exists on the Internet.
For general information on Usenet and its newsgroups, one site is:
One way to read h.l.a.s. posts is to go to
and type in the name of the newsgroup which you wish to browse in the
"newsgroup" search box.
Before posting to h.l.a.s., or any other newsgroup, be aware that most
groups are unmoderated, so at times the language and behaviour of other
posters can be unusual. Also, once your email address becomes public,
you will be a target for spam email - as I am reminded every day when I
open my inbox and find a hundred spam email messages.
Even if SHAKSPER readers find that h.l.a.s., with its authorship
conspiracy theories and its occasional ill-tempered remarks, is not to
their taste, USENET itself comprises thousands and thousands of other
newsgroups on every topic under the sun. It's worth becoming familiar
with what it has to offer.
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