The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0605 Thursday, 16 October 2008
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2008
Subject: Problems with SPAM
I sat down a few hours ago to wade through the 1,200 messages (98% being SPAM I
receive) that had collected in the Editor's Inbox since I sent out digests on
What I found a third of the way through was daily error monitoring report,
containing notices that 124 members were being monitored because the digests I
sent were returned for being blocked because the member's software apparently
identified my messages as SPAM.
Going through the list -- Say anything you wanna, I have heard it all -- I find
that appears that SHAKSPER is being blacklisted by AT&T (the company I use to
distribute SHAKSPER's messages), Symantec, Hotmail, MSN, various universities,
and what looks like the entire the state of Israel -- And indeed there will be
time -- so once again I start responding to as many of these as I am able . . .
Right now, I feel as I do at those times when an assignment is due and a third
of the class does not show, and I announce that I would rather they turn they
papers in late and come to class than not come to class but my announcement is
for the students who are not there . . . well, you get the idea.
I have no idea why SHAKSPER keeps getting blacklisted. I can find nothing in the
logs that would indicate that the server is compromised. What I do know is that
there are members that I keep for a few weeks and then that get lost by my
server's being blocked as I see my membership numbers shrinking and shrinking.
So if there is anyone out there who knows somebody or is somebody who might have
an idea of what I might do to stop this frustrating problem, please let me know.
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