The August 2000 email:
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.
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'
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.
The Wazillion Navbars Project
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 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 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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