The WebRing.com System
Testing For email Bounces
This page explains how a RingMaster in the WebRing.com system can test emails of the members of his webring.
Why Test emails?
The WebRing.com system requires that members have a WebRing.com System User ID in order to join webrings.
However, nothing in the system requires that the email addresses actually work.
And, even if they work when the members join, nothing in the system routinely checks the email addresses to ensure that when members change addresses, that they update their membership.
In order to be able to reach your members, their email addresses must be current and operational. This means that you must periodically test these email addresses.
How to Test
The easiest way to test is to send a test message to all members of the webring. If the email address is bad, the message will bounce.
What Does "Bounce" Mean?
When you send an email to an address that does not exist, the system returns the email to you and tells you that your email could not be delivered.
When the system bounces the email it usually includes a copy of at least part of the original email. It does this so you can know what particular email was not delivered.
If your email is large, it only returns the first part; it truncates the email that it returns.
To see an example of a bounce, send an email to this address:
Type something in the body of the email so you can see that when the message is bounced back to you.
How to Use the Bounce
The key with the WebRing.com system is to realize that when you email the members, the system will automatically append the individual member information (site id, member id, URL, etc.) to each message. Then if the message bounces, you can use this individual information to identify the particular website that has the problem.
When you do you should be sure to:
How to Investigate
If an email does bounce, the RingMaster must then attempt to find the correct email address. The best way to do this is to visit the website of the member and to hunt that site for a more current email address.
After finding the correct email address, the RingMaster can then write the member advising of the email problem and requesting the member to correct the email address.
What Should the email Say?
Here is a sample:
Can I Reference This Page?
Certainly. If you would like to reference this page in the email that you send to test email addresses, feel free.
I'm sorry. While I have long adopted webrings in the WebRing.com system, because of the Oct.2006 changes, I am no longer doing that.
However, please note that "deleting" your webring is a fruitless exercise. The system will just restore it and place it up for adoption.
Articles About the WebRing.com System
Webring Sections and Subsections
The Webring Section is a large section of my website. I have divided it into four major "subsections".
each "subsection" has it's own special "logo".
As you travel in the various subsections you will find, near the bottom of each page, links to pages within that subsection and also links to the other subsections. To go to any subsection, just click on the "logo" or on the text link for that subsection.
Webrings: General Information
This subsection includes general information about webrings. Webrings can be hosted by a variety of different services. This section deals with the overall concepts and issues, not with any one particular "brand" of webring.
The Wazillion Navbars Project
This subsection is a historical section about the Yahoo! WebRing system. It was begun during the early days of problems with the Yahoo! WebRing system in September 2000.
It ended when the Yahoo! WebRing system spun off into the independent WebRing.com system in October 2001. I maintain it for the historical record. Click here or on the graphic.
Webrings I Own and Belong To
This subsection shows all the webrings I own and links to all the webrings to which I belong. This includes webrings in Ringlink, RingSurf, Bravenet and the WebRing.com system as well.
If you are looking to join one of my webrings, this is a good place to start. If you wonder about the webrings I belong to, this is the place to go. Click here or on the graphic.
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