Yahoo! WebRing — The Split Stack Problem
In February 2001, the Yahoo! WebRing system began having a problem I have termed "split stack".
Because this problem has continued beyond the initial report and because there are no current indications of the problem being solved, I've created this report. This report will be updated as soon as the problem is resolved.
Update: My most recent occurrence of this problem was on Friday, 20.Jul.2001. On that day the approval of a submission created a new U-Number. This problem appears to have been resolved following the spinoff of the Yahoo! WebRing system to create the WebRing.com system.
What Is The Problem?
If you already have a membership registered to a page, that page will be assigned a U Number. The next time you register that same page is must be assigned the same U Number. The entire Yahoo! WebRing system is based on this principle.
In March of 2001 a problem began to appear.
As a result of this problem, a given page is being assigned multiple U Numbers. This is incorrect. A given page should be assigned one and only one U Number.
When the page is assigned a new U Number, the system appears to lose track of the old U Number. All future registrations for that page receive the new U Number.
The result is that the given page has two stacks. One stack is for the page with the old U Number. The other stack is for the page with the new U Number.
I refer to this problem as the Split Stack Problem.
How Can This Be Solved?
At this time, it cannot.
Once the split stack problem occurs, there is no simple resolution.
The only known resolution is for the ringmaster to transfer all registered navbars from the old stack to the new stack.
The process for doing this is not complex, but is time consuming.
Using the List All My Rings page as a guide the ringmaster must:
Is It Happening for everyone?
Unfortunately, no. If it were, Yahoo! WebRing might be able to solve it. It is happening only to some and Yahoo! WebRing cannot figure out why.
What Can Be Done?
Right now, nothing can be done.
If it happens to you, there are only two solutions:
Ok. When Will It Be Fixed?
There is no way to know for sure. And no one wants to guess.
You can bookmark this page and check back.
Once it has been corrected I will update this page to reflect that.
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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