Why You Should Not Delete Your Yahoo! WebRing
Many ringmasters have been leaving the Yahoo! WebRing system for other webring hosting systems.
As they do, many ringmasters delete their webring in the Yahoo! WebRing system.
This article argues that ringmasters should not delete their Yahoo! WebRing even when they move and explains why.
As ringmasters reconstitute their webring on another system, the question becomes what to do with the old Yahoo! WebRing. There are two options:
(Ok. So I'm a bit over analytical.)
Some, anxious to put their experience behind them or to "make a statement" are deleting their webrings in the Yahoo! WebRing system.
But I offer an option.
The Option: A Skeleton Signpost
Instead of deleting your old webring maintain a skeleton of the Yahoo! WebRing as a kind of "signpost" to your new webring. For example, delete all but a few sites, and leave the webring.
Marking the Signpost
I used to advise changing the description to indicate that you have moved. However, Yahoo! WebRing is now deleting webrings that are overtly signposts. So I now advise leaving the description as you had it before. And keep the join instructions as you had it before.
In other words, do not mark the signpost.
Instead of marking the signpost, leave the webring open to applications.
When applicants apply anyway you will receive an application notice. You can then send them an email, letting them know the webring has moved and encouraging them to come on to your new webring at the new webring host.
The Zero Hit Problem
Yahoo! WebRing is also deleting webrings which get zero hits in a 28 day period. I recommend that ringmasters leaving signposts visit their own signpost webrings at least once a week to generate a hit or two.
A simple way to do this is to register a "hidden" page on your site for all your signpost webrings. Then once a week, bring up that page in your browser and click on each navbar.
The Three Site Minimum
Yahoo! WebRing has stated that three registered sites are required to keep a webring active it is not yet enforcing that rule.
But, I have an open invitation to all ringmasters: I will join any signpost webring to assist in meeting the three site minimum.
Another technique is to register your own page three times using bookmarks to make the URLs unique. For example,
But What If You Already Deleted
Then, just create it again. Yes, you will "lose" the original creation date. But that is done already. Creating it again using your name will help to hold that name and stop someone else from creating it. And you can still use it as a signpost as I indicated above.
And, in case you need someone (hint, hint) to join the webring to sort of give it life and exposure, let me gently remind you about this thing called the Wazillion Navbars Project.
If you decide to move your webring from Yahoo! WebRing to another system
Voila! You have left a skeleton as a signpost.
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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