The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.001 Monday, 5 January 2009
Date: Monday, January 05, 2009
Subject: New Year's Greetings
Let me wish a "Happy New Year" to all and update members on what has
First, Eric and I have been looking into a possible solution to the
problems affecting SHAKSPER for the past several years now.
What has been happening is that aggressive anti-spamming software -
Symantec, Brightmail, Windows Live, and even AT&T -- the company I use
as the commercial Internet service provider to run the SHAKSPER server
-- blacklist SHAKSPER, almost every time I send out digests.
When someone's service provider blacklists SHAKSPER, persons with
accounts with those providers -- HOTMAIL, MSN, AT&T, and others -- are
blocked from receiving SHAKSPER mailings. Error messages are then
returned to SHAKSPER's listserv software, which then eventually deletes
that member from the membership list.
I request to be removed from the blacklist; however, the next time I
have the server deliver digests, SHAKSPER is blacklisted again.
As you can imagine, the situation is extremely frustrating. Furthermore,
before I caught on to what was going on I had lost a hundred or more
SHAKSPER members and had no way to determine who had been dropped.
Second, if indeed the solution we are exploring will solve the majority
of our difficulties in this area, we would then be in a position to
precede with our long-awaited web site upgrades and redesign.
Furthermore, the solution would be invisible to members.
Third, my doctors have requested I be on sick leave again for the entire
spring semester and that during that time I make a decision about
retirement, which would most likely occur at the end of the current
academic year. As a soon to be retired professor, I now have the time to
dedicate to SHAKSPER and to my other scholarly pursuits.
One obvious result will be that as soon as I catch up with previous
submissions, I shall deliver the first two items of the new SHAKSPER
Book Review Feature.
Once again, Happy New Year, and now I will return to processing SHAKSPER
PS: As you can see for the header, today's mailing marks the beginning
of the twentieth volume of SHAKSPER discussions. SHAKSPER was founded in
July 1990; but Ken Steele, SHAKSPER's founder, began the tradition of
marking the beginning of the calendar with the beginning of that year's
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