The Best Laid Plans: My Mistake
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0373 Monday, 11 June 2007
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Monday, June 11, 2007
Subject: The Best Laid Plans: My Mistake
I need to explain a mistake that I just made and reassure members that
SHAKSPER and our Linux server are still SECURE.
As I was finishing up editing the SHAKSPER digests for today, I noticed
that I was almost late for a student-parent-teacher conference at
Rebecca's school. Very rushed and distracted, I ended up making a
mistake that made it appear that a Spammer had once again compromised
our elaborate security. The problem, however, was not one with either
the security or the newly installed upgrade of the listserv software.
The problem was mine and mine alone.
To reduce spamming problems I turned on the CONFIRM message command in
listserv. I had a number of SHAKSPER digests to confirm in a queue and
rushed through them, only to confirm a message that I should have left
The Subject lines for messages for distribution to the list that need to
be confirmed have "SHAKSPER: confirmation required." Ones that are spams
that have been delivered to me but not to the list have "SHAKSPER:
approval required." After confirming 4 or 5 SHAKSPER digests, I
inadvertently confirmed the next message in the queue, one with the
Subject line "SHAKSPER: approval required" -- the Russian spam members
This error was all my fault, and I will strive not to repeat my mistake.
Hardy M. Cook, Editor
PS: Eric Luhrs has devised and implemented a way to block all attempts
to "harvest" e-mail addresses from the SHAKSPER website archives. Kudos,
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 Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>
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