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Problems with SPAM
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0606  Saturday, 18 October 2008

From:       Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:       Thursday, October 16, 2008
Subject:    Problems with SPAM

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

I sent the message below out on Thursday.

I have had many helpful responses, but I am still working on the problem and 
others that seem to appear out of nowhere.

It appears that SHAKSPER was blacklisted falsely by Symantec Brightmail, 
Spamcop, IronPort, and a few others recently as a spammer.

It would help if each of you would to inform your Service Provider, university, 
or similar service that SHAKSPER -- 12.101.12.90 -- is an academic listserv and 
not a SPAMMER. Adding, if you know how to, SHAKSPER, 
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 , and 12.101.12.90 to your Safe Senders list, your Whitelist, 
would also help.

I have added backed 34 members who were recently dropped because of overzealous 
anti-spamware. If you know of anyone who used to receive SHAKSPER mailings and 
is no longer getting them, please have those persons contact me at either or all 
of these addresses -- 
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 , 
and 
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  -- try to take care of those problems.

My apologies, but this matter is causing me much, much more work than I can 
spare or want.

Best wishes,
Hardy

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0605  Thursday, 16 October 2008

From:       Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:       Thursday, October 16, 2008
Subject:    Problems with SPAM

Folks,

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
Tuesday.

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.

Hardy Cook
Attendant Lord

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