The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.084  Monday, 4 March 2012


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Saturday, March 3, 2012

Subject:     Every Third Thought


I offer my sincere thanks to all who shared your thoughts with me about the test of the new format and about SHAKSPER at the present and in the future. 


As with Steve Jobs, when I know that the time has arrived to step down as editor of SHAKSPER, I will do so. And I am convinced that when that time arises that someone will come forward and carry on SHAKSPER making changes that will benefit all subscribers and web users of the site, changes that I cannot even imagine.


Some of the notes to me suggested that the format since the upgrade of the site and of the new procedures for distributing SHAKSPER digests might explain the lowered traffic levels on the list. Let me share thoughts on these matters.


It is not possible to go back to the way SHAKSPER digests were distributed with L-Soft’s listserv software before the web site upgrade. Since the “super” digest format (what in Joomla is called a Newsletter) is here for sometime to come, I am going provisionally to include links to the individual postings in the Table of Contents of the digest as in the Test mailing of yesterday. 


The format of the Test digest provides subscribers a variety of ways to read SHAKSPER on a variety of platforms. Readers can continue to read and scroll through “super” digest as e-mail, or readers can click on the “readonline” link at the top of each digest to scroll through the “super” digest online. Those who prefer to read individual postings can do so online by clicking on the link embedded below each Table of Contents entry. 


Finally, some have written with questions about directions for submitting posts to SHAKSPER. You do so by sending e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by replying to an e-mail digest. However, when using reply, I would greatly appreciate it if you were not to include the entire digest with your reply. Please either edit the entry you are replying to or simply do not include or delete it from your submission.


Including individual links is a bit more work for me, but for the time being I think it is a valuable tweak for distributing SHAKSPER.


Your comments and questions are graciously welcomed. 




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