Barbershop Harmony Webring
- today i cleaned house on the webring. out of a total of 363 sites, 123 of
them tested as "Fails" on the either the old-style webring code [pre-Yahoo]
or the navbar code [Yahoo and/or post-Yahoo].
the 123 sites that fail the basic link testing of their code placement have
been suspended from the webring and notified via email to the last known
email contact for that site. instructions and links were provided to get
everyone back into the ring and testing "Passes" instead of failing or
broken. only one site was deleted because it not only had no code, it had
no site. that was an old Harmony, Inc., contest page from a few years back.
there seems to be some confusion about which code to use. there also may be
holes in the Yahoo code or an editing error or two at the page end. it
doesn't take much to screw up a Java script [navbar] and your local
Webmaster may need to get the navbar code again and re-enter it into your
local page. it's also critical to have the code on the page that is
registered with the Webring. if your code isn't on your home page, then
your URL needs to be edited at the site edit link to wherever your code
actually is. if it's on your Links page, then your registration info must
reflect that page.
the old-style code developed for the original webring and adapted for the
BBS ring by the Cascade chapter when they started the ring can be found here:
and all you do is substitute your site ID number where indicated and
download and place the graphics in your site's images directory and alter
that info in the code segment. personally, i like the old-style BBS ring
setup much better than the navbar but it's your choice.
the Webring will automatically test and suspend any site that the code
isn't working on/can't be found on. if a site remains suspended for more
than 30 days, it will be automatically deleted from the ring.
each suspended site got email on how to correct their problems with the
ring. automatic email will also be sent when the automatic system kicks in.
if you get suspended and you have the code in place [this used to happen on
Yahoo a lot], send email to the Ringmaster and i'll correct it manually. if
your code is missing, damaged or in the wrong place, i'll work with you
till it's fixed. i'm doing that now with two sites that came up lame in
this morning's testing.
if your chorus, quartet or BBS support site is not on the webring, i invite
you to come on down. you can join by going to the site above or going to:
any questions, please shoot them over.
Bass, Surfside Chorus, Daytona Metro Chapter
S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. Member # 280320
Ringmaster, Barbershop Harmony Webring
- [a quarterly information repost for newcomers and old-timers. C.B.]
For those of you who are the webmasters for your local or other
Barbershop-related web sites, only about 100 of you know about the
Barbershop Harmony Webring. And of those 100 sites currently
connected, about half of them don't have any direct control over
their site listings within the Ring because they either failed to
migrate their sites to the new webring system when it was un-Yahooed
in 2001 or whoever signed their site up originally can't be found or
lost the password to access their Ring info.
If you're wondering what a webring is, you can visit:
and find out but in a nutshell, a webring is a virtual circle in
cyberspace with like-themed web sites along the circumference of that
circle. Somebody goes to Gotcha's web site, for example, and there
they see the BBS Harmony webring link. They have the option of going
to the Ring Hub at:
or they can use the Next or Previous or Random buttons to go to the
Next, the Previous, or a Randomly selected site along the ring,
relative to the site they started from around the ring.
Clear? Well, it isn't really that complicated. If you start on any
site in the webring and keep hitting the Next button on each site you
go to after hitting Next, you will eventually come back to where you
started [on the BBS Harmony Ring, this will take 118 Next clicks].
That technical info aside, the purpose of this message is to:
1. Invite all webmasters to join the Ring and thus promote their site;
2. Invite all Barbershoppers to surf the BBS Harmony Ring;
3. Advise existing webmasters to check their site info for accuracy;
4. Notify webmasters without User IDs associated with their sites on
the Ring to visit www.webring.com to establish one and then to email
that User ID to me via the Ringmaster link on the BBS Harmony Hub
page [or directly via this email address] so they can regain access
to their site information for updates, corrections, or changes.
There is also a Message Forum associated with the BBS Harmony ring
which can be used for anything related to Barbershop. The Ring and
Forum are NOT organization-specific. Any Barbershopper or
Barbershop-related site is welcome to join the Ring or the Forum.
There are quartets, choruses, and folks who provide services to same
from around the world on this ring. Why not join them? Barbershop
Harmony Society, Sweet Adelines, Inc., Harmony, Inc., BABS, SNOBS,
etc., we got 'em all.
There is no cost for this service. It is provided as a service by the
owners of webring.com. The Barbershop Harmony Ring has existed since
December of 1996 and was started by the Cascade Chorus in Oregon. The
originators lost track of the Ring and its operation several years
later when it was purchased from its creator [Sage Weil] by Yahoo.
Yahoo gave it up a couple years ago and the BBS Ring was an orphan
when webring.com was restarted under its current administration. I
adopted the BBS Ring [I've run several rings for years] because it
wasn't working or accepting new listings and got it running again.
Cleaning it up has taken awhile and the last process is to get the
unassociated sites reassociated with the webmasters of the sites
lacking User IDs.
So, now's the time to catch up and check in. Vocal Majority must
have a web site? even the Barbershop Harmony Society, and Sweet
Adelines International? There are alot of choruses, quartets,
Districts, and other Barbershop organizations that aren't listed, yet.
It doesn't cost anything or add to your spam load. File attachments
are not permitted so you don't have to worry about any viruses
sneaking through this list. You can use HTML code or SSNB [java
based] links on your pages, whichever best fits your site's
character. It's simple, painless and very useful. There are tons of
help files and a live Ringmaster to assist in getting your site linked.
If your group's webmaster isn't on Harmonet or the SING list, please
forward them a copy of this message. It's good for every level of
Barbershop from HQs down to the quartet level. We even have
Barbershop providers [arrangers, music, equipment, etc.] on the ring
so you could be surfing for hours and hours. [grin]
And remember, it isn't my Ring. It's YOURS. I'm just the custodian at present.
It's just another tool for getting your outfit seen [sometimes heard]
around the world! Tell the Webmaster of your chorus's web site! Join us today.
Getting back to BASSics...
KTWWS! & HTW!
Sunshine District Association of Chapters of the Barbershop Harmony
Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Have you been to the Sunshine District MegaStore?
Yahoo ID: cbaker84