Indeed, we too have top sites listed in Google, which bring us infinitely more traffic than WebRing. Collectively, my group of friends owns over 500 top Rings, many top in their category, many the ONLY ones in their category - such as individual celebrities or older TV shows. These latter in particular are exactly why we absolutely wouldn't pay for us managing Rings for you. We keep them with top navigation, we keep them relevant, we preserve some of them where none else would and we promote them. We do all this work and you turn around and expect us to pay you for the privilege? Not a chance.
James, you are absolutely correct that WebRing thinks they own the Rings and therefore if you simply delete one, it reappears as adoptable. Rest assured that ours will gradually be transferred. There will be nothing left of any Ring by the time they are finally transferred and all members will be fully aware of what our reasoning is.
We are already receiving enormous numbers of invitations to take over Rings. We would be happy to do so - if we didn't have to pay. Not that we don't bring you income - some of our Rings bring in double in featured sites fees of the membership you're asking for running them.
We can transfer most of our Rings and it is sad that WebRing management has just killed WebRing, but what makes me really sad is those older Rings that have some valid sites with valid navigation, but nobody on the end of the e-mail - they will simply disappear from the people who have kept this alive all this time - all those individuals who joined Webrings and effectively created them. Some Rings will simply not be able to be transferred because we won't be able to contact the site managers. And given they can't be contacted to pay WebRing, many of those site entries will ultimately automatically be deleted by the system for not paying and those Rings will die completely even if WebRing tries to keep them alive.
It seems the lunatics are running the asylum.