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Paul Vigay revamps the RISC OS webring: Let your website belong

By Chris Williams. Published: 17th Feb 18:59:50 | Permalink | Printable

As the internet becomes more and more diverse, navigating it can sometimes be a handful. Search engines like google.com or acornsearch.com are a great help in finding what you need but sometimes once you've found a site and browsed through it you probably want to surf to something similar.
This is where webrings come in handy as they link together sites of similiar content. There was, until recently, an Acorn webring that linked together sites that had something to do with Acorn computers. It built up a nice community amongst the site owners and was a way of saying "I belong".

However, webring.org which was the central administration site that co-ordinated the majority of webrings, (including the Acorn one), was recently bought by web giant Yahoo, an acquisition that was not welcomed by many. So Paul Vigay, maintainer of the Acorn webring, has decided to take the webring into his own hands and maintain it from his vigay.com website.

"Yahoo took over webring.org which is where the central administration for joining, updating and information about the ring was controlled from", explains Paul. "Unfortunately, this required you to be a member of Yahoo, which I resented, and which also causes problems in terms of browser compatibility and security/privacy etc. Whilst I wasn't too bothered myself, although I disliked the way they'd changed the administration side of things, I started to get concerned that people were no longer joining, simply because the procedure for joining a ring also involved becoming a Yahoo member and was thus quite tricky and daunting for the new user."

The webring, renamed to the more appropiate RISC OS webring, was originally founded by David Horman and was later continued by Paul in late 1998 when David no longer had the time to maintain it.
"..it adds to the community spirit of the RISC OS world, in that you can click to visit a random site and may end up somewhere you weren't expecting or didn't know existed. You might even find some goodies there."

I asked Paul for any sites in the webring that were, in his opinion, the best and to which he replied...
"They all are in their way, and I don't particularly like singling any one particular site out. They're all listed if you go to the main page and select 'list'. There are several overseas ones, which is always good to see."

There are new instructions and code examples for joining the webring and adding your site to it. Now you can say "I belong" too.

RISC OS webring
Webring help
Paul Vigay, ring maintainer: paul@vigay.com

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