The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0373  Monday, 11 June 2007

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Monday, June 11, 2007
Subject: 	The Best Laid Plans: My Mistake

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

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.

Reassuringly yours,
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
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