I feel like adding a link back to the ring (or at least next page) should be mandatory - else it feels a bit broken (I know the frameset version is there but feels less elegant). The third page ("https://finalkey.net/") in the ring when i was navigating had no explicit mention of the ring on the landing page...and that feels unfair?
That said, I might do something later on, to let the user choose to only browse sites with banners, so they don't need the frameset/iframe version, which have the problem of not always working/being allowed.
It's apparently by design.
Got me thinking a browser extension could be useful for this type of thing.
Edit: there's iframes to solve this!
StumBleUpon was a browser plugin (optionally, you could also use their frameset version at least earlier on), that would try to learn your interests based on previous sites you liked/disliked.
It's an ongoing experiment, but it's been going well so far and there have been a lot of interesting posts.
It's mostly people from HN and the submissions are restricted to (your own) personal blog.
I like the idea of web rings, but for me having a community where people can discuss the posts is a key thing that keeps me coming back to look for more.
I've added all outstanding submissions for now, and will come back tomorrow to add more :)
Someone asked me if "todays date" was local or universal. It's a good question, and it's actually "whatever the server runs" +/- 24 hours :) so yesterdays date and tomorrows date may also work depending on your location :)
I will say, so far most of the sites I have tried with the random button are missing the webring links. I seem to remember most of the rings I was involved in in the past required that the ring links were present on the homepage in order to be a member of the ring, maybe its worth adding that to this ring? Or maybe rank sites lower in the random priority that don't link back?
For now I am using the iframe browser version
But for some reason it's rare among techies. It almost looks that because they know about SEO, they are afraid of outside links so not to lower their own search positions.
<a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/" rel="nofollow">HN</a>
someone ought to reinvent el goog again
IIRC, WebRings disappeared because of that
> Who can join?
> Everyone who has a website where making money is not the primary goal.
I think it's a pretty sweet geeky project that I might consider buying - but selling the product definitely seems to be the primary goal.
I think that's the point. People miss home pages in general.
I was just talking to some younger colleagues, and they'd never even heard of important pieces of computer / internet lore, such as blinkenlights or even something as recent as bash.org.
I miss this part of the web, and am happy to see others putting effort into keeping its spirit alive.
This would solve the discoverability problem for indie blogs, which Medium has an advantage.
Can we do this with gopher somehow? Gopher needs curation like this.
A curated index (vs the dynamic/generated search indexes of google) could be better broken into (related) topics.
What problem do you think directory websites solve that search doesn't?
I guess I'm getting old.