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The August 2000 email:
Advice & Recommendations

In early August 2000, Yahoo! began sending an email to ringmasters and webring members.

The email was "signed" by the Webring Team.

For that reason, some ringmasters, including myself, began to write our members to tell what we know about all of this and to offer both some calming words and a suggestion.

This page presents the email that I sent to all of my members.

This article is part of the Wazillion Navbars Project: a project to explore and write about the Yahoo! WebRing system. For a list of these articles click here or see the section menu at the bottom of this page.

Note that the Yahoo! WebRing system no longer exists. It has been spun off to the independent WebRing.com system. The Wazillion Navbars Project has been closed. These pages are thus, no longer accurate and do not apply to the new WebRing.com system. Instead, these pages are being maintained for a "historical record".

For current information on the WebRing.com system, see my webring subsection about the WebRing.com system.

 

Monday, 07.Aug.2000

You are receiving this email because you are a member (or are in the queue) of at least one of my Webrings:

(1) Web Guard

(2) Internet Writers' Guild

(3) Native Peoples'

(4) Chaos

. This is the WebRing.com system logo as of Oct.2006. This logo is shown ONLY to illustrate the logo for purposes of this article. The appearance of this logo in this article does not imply any endorsement or affiliation of any kind between this site or the author and the WebRing.com system.
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This is the new logo for the WebRing.com system, implemented in their changes of Oct.2006. It distinguishes this webring system from the other systems like Ringlink, RingSurf and Bravenet. See also my articles: WebRing.com Logos and Is Webring a Trademark?

In the past 72 hours Webring.org has begun sending out an email to all ringmasters advising them of changes happening because of the integration of Yahoo! and Webring.org. Yahoo! acquired Webring.org when it bought Geocities last year.

There is also some indication that Webring.org has been writing webring members as well as ringmasters. That is why I am writing you.

If you haven't received the email from Webring.org you don't need to worry at all about it. You can just ignore this email and everything that follows. But, if you want to read about it anyway, I have posted the Webring.org email on my site at www.JamesSHuggins.com/h/rng1/why!_org_02.htm.

Do not be overly concerned about this email. It appears to be just an early announcement. Since it first began appearing ringmasters have been discussing it to death, probing it and picking it apart. Bottom line is that it provides almost no details and seems to be (a) some preliminary information about the new Server Side Navigation Bar and (b) an encouragement to get a Yahoo! ID.

The Server Side Navigation bar has been discussed for some time. It appears that it may become a reality. When it does, members will be able to use a new form of Webring control code to activate Prev, Next, List and similar links. However, at this time, Webring has not disclosed even a prototype and has also not disclosed a time table when it might be implemented. Although the ringmasters have been engaging in some animated discussions about what features it might offer, we are all just speculating.

Regarding their suggestion to get a Yahoo! ID, there is no need to do that.

If you just want to get one, that is fine. But you don't need one now.

As of today, a Yahoo! ID will not help you with Webrings. A Yahoo! ID is not required for Webrings. For Webrings, there is no reason at all (today) for a Yahoo! ID.

Sometime in the future, a Yahoo! ID may be required for Webring membership. But it is clear that the details have not yet been worked out. And, there are indications that a Yahoo! ID may not be required for as much as eighteen (18) months. In other words, there is no need to rush out and get a Yahoo! ID.

The email from Webring.org seems to be a way of encouraging everyone to get a Yahoo! ID before it is necessary and before we know all the details.

There are many details we do not know. For example, you may want multiple Yahoo! IDs to correctly manage your memberships. Or you want one Yahoo! ID for the personal stuff you do and a separate Yahoo! ID for the webrings you belong to.

In addition, the personal privacy implications of using Yahoo! IDs for Webrings have not yet been fully explored. These personal privacy implications may influence how you obtain your Yahoo! IDs, how many you obtain and how you use them to manage your Webrings.

Because the details are still very fuzzy and because all the issues have not been explored, the RingMaster Community can neither explain all the options nor make intelligent recommendations.

For all of these reasons, I strongly encourage the members of my webrings to not obtain a Yahoo! ID for Webrings until sometime in the future when the details are disclosed, the options are explained and the ringmasters can make intelligent recommendations on how to proceed.

As soon as specifics are available, I promise to let you all know.

If you write me back about all this, remember that (1) I work during the day and (2) I'm emailing this to over 1000 webring members so it may take me a while to get back to you.

In the meantime, please be patient.

Most of all, remember, there is no Webring reason to get a Yahoo! ID today. I recommend that you wait.

 
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 Webring News and Announcements

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WebRing.com Changes Big Time ---  It was October 2001 that WebRing.com came into existence following the end of Yahoo! Webring. Now, 5 years later, WebRing.com is changing again. Moving from primarily a free service to primarily a paid service, the system is undergoing massive change. Stay tuned.

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This is the logo for the Ringlink system. This logo is shown ONLY to illustrate the logo for purposes of this article. The appearance of this logo in this article does not imply any endorsement or affiliation of any kind between this site or the author and the Ringlink system.  

Ringlink Activity  ---  While Ringlink has not released a new version since Version 3.2 on 21.Feb.2005, the system seems to be getting a lot of activity. Many people are discovering this great webring system and moving their webrings here. If you don't know about Ringlink, definitely check out this great webring system. I personally recommend it.

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This is the logo for the World of Webrings Community. This logo is shown ONLY to illustrate the logo for purposes of this article. The appearance of this logo in this article does not imply any endorsement or affiliation of any kind between this site or the author and the World of Webrings Community.  

WoW  ---  The World of Webrings features the World of Webrings discussion list. It offers a forum for both webring owners (ringmasters) and webring members to discuss the latest hot topics about all webrings, including WebRing.com, Ringlink , Alt-Webring, RingSurf, Bravenet and others. If you belong to any webring in any webring service, you should join this list.

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This is the logo for the RingSurf system. This logo is shown ONLY to illustrate the logo for purposes of this article. The appearance of this logo in this article does not imply any endorsement or affiliation of any kind between this site or the author and the RingSurf system.  

RingSurf Passes 3 Year Anniversary  ---  It was 3 years ago, on 16.Aug.2003 when the WoW list list noted that RingSurf's domain name registration had changed. Then the new owner came forward. A RingSurf Feature List was developed and debated. Then, on Thanksgiving day, 27.Nov.2003 the new owner posted on the WoW list that the new RingSurf is up! If you haven't checked it out lately, see what has happened in the last three years.

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James S. Huggins is interviewed and quoted in a new Salon.com article entitled: The Strange Saga of Yahoo and Webring (05.Dec.2001)  

Article About Webrings  ---  Check out this excellent Salon.com article about the history of Yahoo! and WebRing.com: The Strange Saga of Yahoo and Webring . For some, it will bring back memories. For others, it will explain the history. Now, I wonder if they will update it to talk about the latest WebRing.com changes.

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The Wazillion Navbars Project

WNP Table of Contents 
 
The August 2000 email: Text 
 
  Project Overview 
 
 The August 2000 email: Advice 
 
  Yahoo! WebRing Lite 
 
  The August 2000 email: Remarks 
 
  The Jan 2001 Changes 
 
  Webring System Hosts 
 
  Descriptions 
 
  Forums and email Lists 
 
  Validation 
 
  Comments Across the Net 
 
  JavaScript 
 
 Mirrors of My Wazillion Stack  
 
  Links and Pages 
 
 Other Large Navbar Stacks  
 
  Glossary 
 
 Letters from RingMasters  
 
  Problem: Split Stack 
 
  Webrings That Moved or Closed  
 
  Problem: Navbar Graphic 
 
  Media Articles 
 
  Personal/Unofficial List of Problems 
 
  Other Yahoo! Integration  
 
  Why You Should Not Delete 
 
  Other Yahoo! Issue Sites  
 
  Why You Can't See The Navbar? 
 
  My Yahoo! WebRing Memberships 
 
  Is "Webring" a Trademark? 
 
  Help With Yahoo! WebRing  
 
  The January 1999 email: Text 
 
 

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Webring Sections and Subsections

The Webring Section is a large section of my website. I have divided it into four major "subsections".

  • General Information
  • The WebRing.com System
  • Webrings I Own and Belong To
  • The Wazillion Navbars Project

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 - - - A chainmail web of rings - - - This graphic identifies pages of my website about webrings in general - - - This graphic is by Dylon White. Graphic copyright 2001 by Dylon Whyte of artofchainmail.com and James S. Huggins

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.

It includes my Webring FAQ, links to articles about webrings, and general help information. Click here or on the graphic.

The WebRing.com System - - - An interlocking stack of gold rings symbolizes the system - - - This graphic identifies pages of my website about the Webring.com System - - - Original image copyright Jeff McIntosh - - - Licensed through iStockphoto.com

The WebRing.com System

This subsection includes specific information about the WebRing.com system.

While not the only webring system on the net, it is the best known and the most used. I own many webrings in this system and belong to many webrings in this system. (I also own and belong to many webrings in other systems as well.) Click here or on the graphic.

Webrings I Own and Webrings I Belong To - - - A floating stack of rings - - - This graphic identifies pages of my website showing webrings I own and webrings I belong to - - - Original image copyright Jeff McIntosh - - - Licensed through iStockphoto.com

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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