[Humanist] 27.1001 some editorial matters
Humanist Discussion Group
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Apr 27 09:15:47 CEST 2014
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 1001.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2014 08:01:44 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: editorial matters
Only a few here will know that some weeks ago the procedure for handling
applications to Humanist changed, from an immediate admission to one
involving an intermediate step in which the applicant has to reply to an
automatically generated message. This step was taken because a flood of
bot-generated applications was greeting me nearly every morning, forcing
me to pick through them to find the genuine ones and delete the rest.
But since the new procedure was initiated I've noticed that the number
of those who respond to the automatic message is significantly less than
the number who apply. On the one hand this can be viewed as eliminating
those of insufficient determination, and so good; on the other it can be
viewed as unnecessarily harsh, and so bad. I worry.
I'd appreciate your thoughts on the matter, both technical and moral.
This is also to alert you to a hiatus upcoming, between my departure from
the northern hemisphere and my full recovery of wits and mechanisms after
arrival in Sydney. I anticipate the last message from London will be on
2 or 3 May, the next on the 6th. But as always any postings sent to
Humanist will be kept safely wherever it is that they are kept.
So, please worry the former but not the latter.
Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Research Group in Digital
Humanities, University of Western Sydney
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