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New Year's Greetings
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.001  Monday, 5 January 2009

From:       Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:       Monday, January 05, 2009
Subject:    New Year's Greetings

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

Let me wish a "Happy New Year" to all and update members on what has 
been happening.

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 
submissions.

Hardy

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 
volume.


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