The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0425  Monday, 22 October 2012


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

Date:         Monday, October 22, 2012

Subject:     To Infinity . . . and Beyond


Dear Subscribers,


I am humbled by those who took the time to write to me during my most recent moment of doubt about SHAKSPER.


Gabriel Egan and others pointed out to me that the Open messages statistic that I cited in my last missive was undoubtedly inaccurate. Many email programs have the respond when opened function set to not respond. In fact, when I tested some of the email addresses of those who written to me, I discovered quite a few who had written but whose email address was listed as not opening the very message they were responding to—“Has SHASKPER’s Time Come.” This knowledge was indeed refreshing for me to learn.


Most of all, I was genuinely moved by the kind words and suggestions that were offered. Let me please offer a general thanks to all who wrote. 


Operating plan:


I plan, for the time being, to continue SHAKSPER in the form in which it has evolved since it moved from Listserv© Software to the Joomla platform it now inhabits.


I have saved all of the messages and suggestions I have received in a folder for my in-depth study.


I intend periodically, at least once per year, to reassess SHAKSPER’s function in this ever-changing world of the Internet. 


I will keep in the forefront of my thinking two items:


  1. I will be attentive to the possibilities that SHAKSPER might operate more effectively on another platfom.
  2. I will be aware of my own mortality (“Every third thought shall be my grave”) and consider if SHAKSPER has a future after I pass it on and what that future might be.


In many ways, SHAKSPER (even the name is a result of naming conventions in the early days of the Internet expansion, limiting list names to eight characters) is a dinosaur. It was for most of its life a Listserv©; now it is more accurate to describe it as an email distribution or discussion list since the digests (“Newsletters” in Joomla-speak) are distributed using the AcyMailing function of Joomla, the software platform of the SHAKSPER web site: shaksper.net. 


I guess in many ways, despite my ongoing exploration of the Independent films and music I learn about from my two daughters, I am a dinosaur. I still prefer that SHAKSPER be moderated and edited and have not found anyone, I feel, who is willing to do the editing and moderation more conscientiously than I do. (Please no more emails on this one.)


Nevertheless, as a dinosaur I will be open to change as my extinction approaches. 


In the immortal words of Buzz Lightyear, “To Infinity . . . And Beyond.”


With gratitude to all,



PS: I encourage anyone who has ongoing ideas about SHAKSPER, its future, better/alternate platforms, and so on, to contact me at anytime by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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