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Changes in Requirements to Create a Webring - 12/13/2005
If you missed it, there is a new announcement here:
http://x.webring.com/forum?forum=ringmasters;did=97

I personally think the changes are good. I believe they encourage good management.

I do have a couple of suggestions for improvement. If you try to create a webring and fail the criteria you go to this page
http://new.webring.com/wrnewring?

First, that page does not mention the criteria of "small" webrings and only mentions the criteria of failing sites. I would add the new, second criteria.

Second, the page does not identify the failures. That is, it you have a failing site or a "small" webring, it does not identify these. Given the goal of encouraging RMs to actually fix these issues, I believe that one way to assist that is to list the offending webrings. That way, the RM would be more encouraged to correct the problems (which is the reason for the policy).

Again, I think the policy is a good one. And, I also thank WebRing.com for announcing it.


James S. Huggins

to contact me: http://JSH.us/webring-email



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Replied - 12/13/2005
Thats a good one and the best part is that it actually works!

You have more than one very small Ring (fewer than 4 active/passing member sites). You need to take the time to get these Rings configured and operating well before creating more. Inviting new members, setting management options, creating a custom navbar if desired, and numerous other activities take time in order to ensure your Ring thrives.




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Thats a good one and the best part is that it actually works!
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Thanks for posting that. Are you saying that you received that message?

The reason I ask is that I expected that message (because I do have more than one small webring) and also because I don't have any failing memberships. But instead, I got the failing membership message.

So, I wanted to check, because if you did get that message, I need to post a support request to fix the problem that the system thinks I have a failing membership when I do not.

James S. Huggins

to contact me: http://JSH.us/webring-email


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Replied - 12/13/2005
I used another user id which has a lot of small webrings and no failing memberships. This id has failing memberships so I'll have another try and see if the message is different.




Replied - 12/13/2005
Both situations and the message is the same.




Replied - 12/13/2005
Thanks. You've been very helpful. I think I found the problem. One of my webrings, listed as mine, I can't get to. Although the system lists it as "mine", when I try to access it, it says it doesn't exist. I'm guessing that is causing the problem. I've filed a request with help/support. We'll see what happens. (I think that help/support is backed up. I filed a different request a couple weeks ago and have not heard anything. They normally responded faster than that so I think they are backed up a bit.)

James S. Huggins

to contact me: http://JSH.us/webring-email



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Replied - 12/13/2005
Thanks again. I just tried it again and I got the NEW message that you noted (about small webrings).

I guess they are still tweaking the process and message a bit.

James S. Huggins

to contact me: http://JSH.us/webring-email



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Replied - 12/13/2005
Obviously there are little quirks here and there but the good thing is that it is not going to prevent anyone from creating a legitimate webring regardless of failing memberships or small webrings.
It will almost certainly slow people down though and hopefully discourage those idiots that decide to open up about 30 or more ring hubs with one URL.
The three memberships rule appears easy enough if the ringmaster creates a home page for the ring, then puts their own site in and has one invited member.



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