RINGSURF PULLS A 'YAHOO'
Well, sort of...
During the brief period that Yahoo! actually owned WebRing, many unacceptable changes to the system were made. Like so many others, I was not willing to go along with them, so I moved Dot Org over to RingSurf. As it turns out, I avoided all sorts of drama by leaving WebRing and never going back. That's too bad; the old Webring.org was pretty cool.
But that was many years ago. You may have no idea what I'm talking about and have no interest in clicking the links I've provided above for more information. Don't worry, I'm getting to the point.
RingSurf has changed the way their 'rings' work, adding an ugly top frame, among other insults and injuries, and it really takes away from the browsing experience. (You read that correctly: FRAMES! In 2008!)
This new system doesn't operate like a webring at all, in my opinion. It's just horrible. Like-minded individuals over at the WOW Mailing List have also expressed this sentiment.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR DOT ORG MEMBERS
When I logged into the new version of RingSurf, I discovered many sites had been deleted from active membership and from the queue. If I had wanted to delete any of the sites, I would have done so myself. That left only a few sites in the ring — even echoing.org, my own domain, the domain that has housed this ring since 2001, has been booted from the webring. WTF?!!
Time to officially (and permanently) move everything dot org onto echoing.org.
I really want to get this webring thriving again. Hopefully everyone who belongs to the ring will migrate from the RingSurf version to this brand new version hosted right here on echoing.org. Maybe we can attract some new members, too.
So, in order to get the ring back up and running, members will need to pop on over to the join form and fill in all the relevant details. I apologize for the inconvenience, but this really is for the best. (I'll never add crazy frames to your domain!)
This RingSurf business echoes what Yahoo did back in the day. Except, of course, for the impact: RingSurf never had the same 'following' that Webring did. Maybe that's why they now want to become "the top social networking community site" on the Internet. Check out all of those buzzwords!
Personally, I enjoy the way the traditional way webrings work. I like the ring fragments (or codes, if your prefer) that can be customized a bit, and aren't required to be on the index page. I'm also a fan of using scripts to control things on my own rather than using a hosted service — after all, free hosting can be unpredictable.
As stated elsewhere on this site, I've wanted to move the management of dot org completely onto echoing.org/dotorg for quite a while now. In fact, I found the perfect script [sk.ring, a precursor to vs.hive] way back in 2005; I didn't get round to using it live on the site until now. Hey, at least the RingSurf nonsense has a bright side...
... and say hello to the new dot org code.
Thanks for reading, fruitcake ;)
the dot org ringmaster/ringmistress