Yahoo! WebRing Descriptions
The Yahoo! WebRing system has several places in which descriptions are stored:
Because of peculiarities in how this information is stored, there have been many messages in various forums, including the Yahoo! experts forums about these descriptions.
This page identifies what we know as of this date: Mar 10, 2001.
If you discover something different, please email me.
The most common issue relates to the permitted size of the individual member site description.
If you go to Join a Ring, the Join Page will ask you for:
The page indicates that a description may be up to 400 characters.
In the past, members joining a webring would construct their description and count the characters. Then, when entering a 398 or 399 or 400 character description would be told that their description is too long.
What Was Happening
The reason this was happening is that Yahoo! WebRing stores special characters using more than one character. For example, when Yahoo! WebRing was storing a space, it would store it as "%20". While this is a valid "web way" of doing things, the result was that a space counted as three characters instead of one.
Throughout the Yahoo! WebRing system, many change are being made. The description is one of these items being changed.
After many issues related to these problems, Yahoo! WebRing mad two changes:
Spaces now only count as one character. This eliminated much of the problem. However, special characters still count as multiple characters.
Perhaps to accommodate the special character issue, Yahoo! WebRing increased the permitted size of the site description to 445 characters.
Although the label says 400 characters you can actually place 445. I have confirmed this by successfully inputting 445 characters. In addition, when I have attempted 446, I get an error.
Interestingly enough, as of today (Mar 10, 2001), the error message also says "445" characters!
The error message you receive if you edit the site description says "400". But the error message you receive on original entry actually says "445".
It is always possible that this will change more. So keep your eyes out. And if you detect further changes, let me know.
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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".
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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