blog: apparently a short form
of "web log" (according to Jargon
"Definitions are boundaries, and boundaries are anathema to Webloggers.
Moreover, the best Weblogs are always shifting and evolving, always
on their way to being something else." - Julia Keller
of the Chicago Tribune
This is the "second generation" of the original blogs
by women webring. This webring, WomenBloggers,
was founded in April 2004, after the
original ring stopped
accepting new members (mostly due to
the difficulty of maintaining such a
large and busy ring via Ringsurf's system
after they changed it for the worse).
The WomenBloggers webring is now on an automated
system to make it possible to more
easily maintain a ring with hundreds of
sites in it. The previous ring was known
to have up to 1100+ sites in it at any given
time (when it stopped accepting new members,
it had 1000+ sites in it; at the time the
WomenBloggers ring was founded, the previous
ring had 700+ active sites).
Members of the original blogs by women ring are welcome to join the new ring, as well, if they wish.
The site you submit must
be a weblog/journal, and the site owner must
be a woman. Group blogs are fine so long as 51% or greater of the participants are women. This is a ring for weblog or journal type sites ONLY, and it is not a general ring. Sites which are not weblogs/journals/etc. will be rejected.
Note: In this case, "women" means female persons of college age or greater. Persons who are clearly below that age will not be accepted into the ring. Persons who are clearly not female will not be accepted into the ring.
The ring code must be placed
on your weblog/journal page. NOT on a "rings" page. NOT on a splash page. On the page where the journal/blog is. The ONLY exceptions to this are journals on a system that literally does not allow/enable you to edit or add any code to your journal content page, or (RARELY) sites which wish to provide a strong content advisory notice to visitors, in which case you'll also need to put the code on the actual journal page as well as the content advisory. The purpose of this policy is to make it super easy for visitors to travel through the ring, without a lot of backtracking or searching for links or sub-pages or whatever.
Making sure your ring code works is your responsibility although
I will help or offer assistance if I can.
The WebRing system is automated to check sites
for the correct code, and if it can't find or can't
read the code (or the site), it will automatically
suspend the site (or will not
allow the site to be admitted to the ring).
If your code is not correct and if it is
not where it should be, your site will be either
deleted or not admitted.
If you do not have a working ring code on your site within three days of joining, your site will be deleted, in order to keep the size of the "waiting" queue managable. You may, of course, join again at some later time.
This is a ring by and for women. Women are adults, and adults should be able to write about what they wish, and they should also have the sense to leave a site which they find offensive. Most
content is perfectly fine.
Some kinds content will cause a
site to be rejected, however. A site will
not be accepted if it has clearly
visible pornographic images (exceptions
will be made for tasteful, artistic nudity), significant
amounts of graphic sexual content (most
sexual content is perfectly fine, but blogs/journals
that are primarily sexual or
with a fair bit of unusually explicit or
graphic sexual content will not be accepted), clearly
visible links or images relating to illegal
material (such as file sharing), any
site which clearly and obviously promotes
hatred, bigotry, or violence.
It's my experience that 99.85% of sites are
fine as far as content, and in all the years
of managing a ring for women webloggers, it's been
very, very rare that a site has been rejected
on the basis of content.
Members are responsible
for their own sites in the ring. It's fairly easy to manage sites at webring.org, once you get used to the interface. If you move your site or need to change something, it's easy to do yourself. You need to be the one to be sure that your site has the correct code at the correct URL, etc.
The ring manager reserves the right to remove any site which does not comply with the ring requirements.