Different to the Original WebRing System
The new system that Yahoo! WebRing introduced works differently to the Original WebRing system.
On the Original WebRing system the ringmaster needed to go to a site to confirm that the WebMaster had added the navigation code before approving a site for membership.
This was no longer true with the new Yahoo! WebRing system. At least, not exactly.
The "Y" parameter turns out to be simply the Yahoo! ID of the member.
The "U" number is a seventeen or eighteen-digit number that is assigned to the registered URL.
What Are the Parts of the Navbar Stack?
There were two primary parts of a navbar stack:
The individual navbars were the webring name, optional picture, ringmaster Yahoo! ID and the links for each individual Yahoo! WebRing.
When Did an Individual Navbar Appear?
For the world at large, an individual navbar appeared after membership had been approved. The world at large could not see an individual navbar until membership has been approved.
However, the member might have been able to see the individual navbar before it has been approved. If the member was signed in to Yahoo! using the same Yahoo! ID as was used to register the webring membership, then Yahoo! WebRing would display the navbar even if it has not yet been approved.
This "feature" caused lots of confusion. The member could see the navbar but no one else could, and most importantly, the ringmaster couldn't. You can imagine the emails that went back forth trying to explain this.
So What Should a RingMaster Have Checked?
If the ringmaster couldn't check the existence of a navbar, what could a ringmaster check?
Assuming that a navbar stack appeared (even an empty one), two basic things could be wrong:
I have assisted ringmasters with both of these problems.
Wrong Yahoo! ID
In the first case, the person had registered for another webring using one Yahoo! ID and had the navbar stack on the page showing that navbar.
Then when they joined the second Yahoo! WebRing they registered the webring page.
The result is that the ringmaster saw a navbar stack, but after approving the membership, the navbar did not appear. The reason is that navbar stack was for the other registered URL.
How Fast Would the Individual Navbar Appear?
Certainly within 24 hours. Usually within a few minutes.
This means that after approval, a ringmaster could easily check back right away to see if the navbar appeared.
Also, the ringmaster had the new Yahoo! WebRing Automated Management System (AMS).
What Did the AMS Do?
The result was that navbar stacks could not be seen by or accessed by the sight impaired using such browsers. Although this site, the Refrigerator Door, has always attempted to comply with such accessibility standards, it was not possible to comply and use the Yahoo! WebRing navbar system.
(I addressed accessibility in general and this particular limitation on my page Disclaimers, Copyrights and Other Legal Stuff.)
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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