[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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