The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0605  Thursday, 16 October 2008

From:       Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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.

Hardy Cook
Attendant Lord

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