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.
I subsequently began writing the ringmasters of all the webrings to which I belong.
This page presents the email that I sent to the ringmasters of webrings to which I belong.
I am writing you because I am a member of your Webring:
On Saturday, August 5, Yahoo! began sending out emails to all ring members and all ring managers all across the world. (If you have not received this email, there is a reference to a web copy at the bottom of this email.)
That email describes some changes coming to the Webring system and encourages everyone to immediately run out and get a Yahoo! ID.
In the Yahoo! Club, WebringNews, the first posting about this email popped in at 7:38 AM on Saturday (posting number 1802 from PoetryWebring). 
In the days that followed, hundreds of posts about this topic appeared in that forum (about 200 by Wednesday morning). In addition ringmasters also posted about this topic to the RingManager email list and the old Webring/StarSeed RingMaster email list.
If you are a member of any of these forums, then this email is redundant and I apologize for it.
But, if you are NOT a member of any of these forums, then you may not be aware of the energetic and passionate discussions that have taken place in the past few days.
While it will, at some time in the future, almost certainly be necessary to obtain a Yahoo! ID, either to be a ringmaster or to join a ring, it is NOT currently necessary.
Webring has not yet disclosed even a prototype of the new navigation that will require a Yahoo! ID. Neither has it disclosed a time table when it might be implemented.
And, even when it is implemented, there are some preliminary assurances that a transition period of as long as 18 months may be permitted before Yahoo! IDs are absolutely required.
Getting a Yahoo! ID (today) does not assist anyone (today) with any aspect of the Webring system. It does not (today) improve service or performance or options or provide any other identifiable Webring benefits.
The email from Webring.org seems to me 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, it appears that multiple Yahoo! IDs may be required in certain circumstances. This might include members with multiple sites, as well as members with too many rings to fit on one page.
Also, the personal privacy implications of using Yahoo! IDs for Webrings have not yet been fully explored in the discussions nor explained by Yahoo!. These personal privacy implications may influence how you obtain your Yahoo! IDs, what information you reveal when you obtain them, 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, many ringmasters are strongly encouraging the members of their rings NOT to 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.
I have sent such a letter to the members of all of my rings. (I include a link to that letter, as well as similar letters from other ringmasters below.)
Because I am not only a ringmaster but am also a member of YOUR ring, I wanted you to know about all these issues.
I wanted to be sure you are aware of the discussion of these issues in the various ringmaster forums that are available.
I wanted to encourage you to write the members of your ring to tell them not to worry.
And, finally, I wanted to encourage you to write the members of your ring to reassure them that it is not necessary to obtain a Yahoo! ID for Webrings yet.
I have listed additional resources for you below:
Yahoo Clubs WebringNews
The Ring Managers mailing list
The RingMasters mailing list
James S. Huggins' Letter to His Ring Members
Phil Preen's Letter to His Ring Members
RachelleNet Letter to Ring Members
Posting of the Webring email on James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door
Page on EGroups Regarding the EGroups/Yahoo! Integration
EGroups/Yahoo! Merger Discussion Group
The RingMakers Site
1. The Webring News club was subsequently deleted, in part, because of the incredibly large quantity of postings highly critical of Yahoo! and their actions in this change. [back]
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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