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6, January, 2004

Happy New Year!

Those of us at WebRing would like to wish you and yours a very happy and prosperous 2004!

WRMail Beta Testing

We're pleased to announce that the WRMail alert system is finally just about ready. The server moving has delayed things as many of you are aware, but the time has arrived to get it moving into production. For the next couple of weeks the system will be enabled but strictly voluntary. We'd love for you to try it. Login and visit your My rings page to gain access to configuration and mail screens, and give us your feedback. Be advised that once you configure it to be on you will only be able to turn it off if your email address has been verified. See the help page for the WRMail configuration page for more details.

Sytem email format changing to HTML content

We're converting all system emails (join, approve, deny, suspend, activate, delete, automanage, etc.) to go in HTML format rather than plain text. This is to better fit with the WRMail system.

If you have customized email for ring(s) you manage you may want to convert them to be in HTML format. System defaults have already been changed.

Email is configured to use either format. It looks to see if there are (some common, like :lt;br> and <p>) HTML tags in the email message or not. Mail is sent as HTML if evidence of the tags is found.

Global Email Customization

This has been a widely requested feature by ring managers. You can now establish custom emails from your My rings page and then distribute those to the ring(s) you manage under that ID. This should help speed the process of conversion to HTML for those than manage more than a few rings.

New Rewards Program!

We're implementing a new program to reward those rings/ring managers that attract new, unique members. WebRing grows best throught he efforts of ring managers to find and attract new members to their ring(s). Beginning in January we are tracking new memberships to see which ring they join first. Each month we'll reward any ring that adds a "new" member, and we'll highlight those that add the most.

What constitutes a qualifying new member? - It must be a new member, url, email address combination and, naturally, the site must be active and have passing navigation code (not instantly of course). Initial submission to the ring "My First WebRing" will not be counted as a first membership, so ring managers that encourage members to join My First either before or after they join their own ring will not be affected by this.

So ring managers, go do what you do well: Find new, and topical, sites, for your ring(s), invite them to join and help them gat the navigation code working on their site. Let's make 2004 a year of growth for everyone. New vitality in membership, great new sites, and increased traffic to your rings and member sites!

Older Notices

Many of you have had your email addresses verfied in the last month. Thank you! You'll find that your options are much greater in the WebRing alert/mail system coming soon.

Have you created/checked your user profile lately, or for supporting members created a profile page? WebRing's user directory is coming soon. Be sure your information is current so you can be included! There is no need to enter a contact email address - The WebRing alert/mail system will make that unnecessary.

WebRing is a Community supported system

WebRing is best supported by you, the community. Many that have pitched in have found that the promotional credit they receive can be put to very good use by either featuring the ring in the directory and/or requesting to have their site(s) featured on ring Hub pages. The results are almost always noticeable right away in increased traffic to the ring or site. It's a win-win for us all: Increased visibility for your ring or site and support for WebRing.

If you value WebRing and feel you can benefit from an even better system, then we seek your support. Thanks to the 4600+ contributing members WebRing is growing stronger every day! We still offer the best service and support whether you contribute or not. Interested in supporting WebRing? Use

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