The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1082 Wednesday, 19 May 2004
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Subject: AOL, ATT, DSN, MTA, and SHAKSPER
Some time around Shakespeare's traditional birthday, AOL ironically
began blocking e-mails from the SHAKSPER server. Spammers have spoofed
accounts from @shaksper.net for their nefarious purposes. AOL members,
then, complained about receiving spam apparently from those accounts,
resulting in AOL's actions and being the reason why AOL and CompuServe
subscribers were not able to get digests for the past four weeks.
Normally, what one does is get the domain "whitelisted" and the blocks
are removed and future ones are not applied. Unfortunately, we were not
able to get whitelisted with AOL because my commercial DSL provider,
AT&T, will not consistently set our reverse DNS name to www.shaksper.net
and AOL will not whitelist unless the DNS is reversible.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Eric Luhrs, AOL agreed to lift its
block, but instead of the three to fives days we were told it would take
to remove the block it took about two weeks. And once a certain
threshold of complaints happens again, we may be facing the same problem.
Eric and I are considering ways to avoid, as much as possible,
situations like these; however, there are no easy answers.
Should any of you ever mysteriously stop receiving digests, you should
go to the website - www.shaksper.net - and click on Current Postings.
From here you can read the daily digests until service is resumed. If
you suspect that your problem may be a result of another problem with
your account, contact me directly at
Below are links to the two digests I sent out regarding this matter:
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook,
The S H A K S P E R Webpage <http://www.shaksper.net>
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