I have not actually heard your theory on why Shakespeare didn't write the plays put forward by any one.
I'll admit I was exaggerating for parody's sake, but yes, one of the arguments you often hear is that Shakespeare, being born as one of the Great Unwashed, couldn't possibly have possessed the intricate historical knowledge to write plays where, for instance, 8th century Danes quoted Christian dogma and fenced like 16th century noblemen rather than bashing each other over the heads with axes and sacrificing whatever's left to Odin.
Thanks for the link, though I'm tempted to do what you did the other day and dismiss the whole page based on the fact that they can't even spell "faint-hearted".
Like most conspiracy theories, it seems to rest, if not entirely, then to a large extent on
a) Claiming to have uncovered The Truth about something that will Shatter Your Views blah blah blah (all those "Prepare!" "Warning!" "Get ready!" etc). People who need that sort of rhetoric rather than simply putting forward facts don't exactly inspire confidence.
b) Citing other people who have also had the same doubts. Which tends to become a self-propelling mechanism: "We must continue to ask these questions about Shakespeare/9-11/the moon landing/Elvis' death/etc because people are continuing to ask these questions". At some point, there must be an actual reason
to doubt it in the first place. Starting with the assumption that there is a cover-up and then looking for clues, no matter how vague, is putting the cart before the horse.
Asking questions is a good thing, but listening to the answers is a good thing too. Here's one link answering many of the common questions
, for instance. Remember Betteridge's Law Of Headlines:
Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word "no." The reason why journalists use that style of headline is that they know the story is probably bullshit, and don’t actually have the sources and facts to back it up, but still want to run it.