Deleting your webring, or finding a new manager?
This would have to be one of the most difficult questions a ringmaster would have
to consider. On the surface it would appear that a straight forward YES or NO
to either option is all there is to it.
But not so.
The decision to delete a webring or find a new ringmaster
will not only effect the existing ringmaster, but the whole webring membership.
Which ever decision is reached by the existing ringmaster, it is very important
that an honest and detailed explanation is given to all members of the webring.
SECTION 1: Finding a new ringmaster
If you find yourself in a position to no longer be
able to maintain your webring, an alternative to deleting is to find a new ringmaster.
This can be done through a number of different options. Finding a new ringmaster
is a better alternative to deleting the webring, or worse just abandoning it (greatest sin a Ringmaster can do!).
Option 1: You may choose one of the webring members and write
them privately about the possibility to manage the webring. Explain the reasons
for the need of a new ringmaster. Even offer help in the initial stages of transition
from the old to the new ringmaster.
Option 2: You may offer you webring for adoption by posting to
the World of Webrings discussion list.
Option 3: You may search the system directories and contact other
ringmaster who manage similar webrings.
SECTION 2: Deleting a webring
If you find that the webring no longer serves a useful
purpose and you decide to delete the webring, it is imperative you exercise
good ethics once reaching this decision. This decision is final. It is permanent
with almost every system other then WebRing.com (see additional notes below).
- Contact your members and let then know of your decision. If your members
are using HTML fragments for the ring navigation, they will need to remove
the code/fragment from their website to prevent broken links.
- You may suggest an alternative webring/s to your members
The New WebRing System
WebRing.com is unique among webring host systems in that a ringmaster
cannot be assured that a deletion is actually "final". Yes,
the ringmaster has a 'Delete Ring' button available, but it does not necessarily,
finally, irrevocably delete the ring from the WebRing.com system.
The WebRing.com system reserves the right to "resurrect" the
webring and move it to the WebRing Adoption Agency (WRA). In such cases,
the WRA assumes control of the ring until it is assigned to a new ringmaster
who becomes the new owner of the ring.
While the WebRing.com system has responded to some suggestions (e.g.,
removing graphics from such webrings) it is not yet possible to state
with certainty which deletions will be honored and which will result in
resurrection. This is a consideration that a ringmaster should to take
into account both upon creating their webring on this system and prior
to any deletion. They should remember that they may not ever be able to
delete it and may just be relenquishing control of it.
Finding a new Ringmaster for rings in The
New WebRing System
There are a few options open to you:
- Using the Email
Ring Members option from the management toolbar.
- Select the option to email Individual
Members - A particular member or group of members.
- Next, find the member to be invited to be the
new ringmaster from the list of members. This list shows the member
ID followed by the members site name.
- Check the box next
to the chosen member. Click Next
- Enter the Subject
- In the Message
box, write your email and click Send.
Another option, using the same process as above,
is to send:
- An email to Active
Members - Members that currently have a site in the ring by
selecting this option instead of just individual members.
- Explain, as a courtesy
& in case of more then one individual expressing an interest, how
you will decided on the new ringmaster
- Invite those who
would be interested in taking on the role as the new ringmaster, to
A third option is to:
- Select Transfer
Ownership from the management toolbar
- Click Invite RingMaster
- Click on Invite All Members
- The Subject is already there by
- The Message
is already there by default
- Type the email in the Additional Notes
- Click Send
By choosing this third option, you will allow the
system to choose the new ringmaster.
Deleting a ring in The New WebRing System
It is imperative you exercise good ethics once
reaching the decision to delete the ring. Following the outlined steps
to Email Ring Members, steps to follow:
- Email the whole
membership, by selecting All - Ring Members, Suspended Members
and Ring Applicants
- Explain the reason/s why this decision has been
- Explain over what period of time the member
sites will be deleted from the webring
- Offer alternate webring/s which members may
wish to join
- Once the webring
is empty, you only need to click the Delete Ring option
located on the Management Toolbar
- There will be two options, but both are exactly the same!
Ring will send out the following example message:
According to our records you are a member of the Ring, linuxtakesoverth: LINUX takes over the World! WebRing, under the WebRing User ID uselesswebring, and that Ring has been put up for adoption.
Note: RingSurf also makes it very difficult to delete a webring!
With RingSurf you must delete all members before you can delete the ring, which can be a very slow process...
With other webring systems delete actually means delete, and upon clicking delete your ring is instantly vaporized.