to the Christian BBS WebRing!
What is the Christian BBS WebRing?
The Christian BBS WebRing is a collection of Christian BBS systems that are linked together into a ring to make it easier for web surfers (or ring surfers) to visit each of our sites. Ring surfers can get a list of the all active sites on the ring, scan through them one at a time, or, for the truly adventurous, jump to a random site.
The Christian BBS WebRing is really easy to use. Ring surfers simply look for the following banner (or something like it) on each site's listed page. From this banner, ring surfers can go to the next site, the previous site, a random site, or view the list of all sites on the ring.
Click HERE to view a list of current webring BBSes.
So, want to join? Sure you do!
To become a member of the Christian BBS WebRing you must meet the following criteria:
Your site must be a Christian BBS. A Christian BBS will offer any of the following: text-files, counselling or outreach to the non-believeing. A Christian BBS will also enforce rules of Christian conduct among it's members and will not endulge in software piracy or promote sexual promiscuity by the offering of adult files or chat. By "Christian BBS" we mean a public or private system which reflects the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Bible which is that God is a triune being, existing as one in three persons as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that the Son of God, Jesus Christ became flesh and lived among us; that He was cruicified, died and rose again from the dead in order to make payment for our sins which we receive through repentance and a personal faith in Christ as Lord and Saviour; that this substiutionary act of grace is offered to all people by a holy, loving and omnipotent God.
The URL you provide for your webring link must be available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Your BBS does not have to be open or available for telnet or login all the time, but you should have your BBS login or telnet hours POSTED clearly so people know when they CAN get into your BBS. If a user must TELNET into your BBS in order to access it you MUST have a Telnet LINK on your full time website that ring surfers can CLICK on to fire off their default telnet client and connect to your system. If you do not know how to add this type of code to your webpage, then e-mail the Ringmaster at email@example.com and sample code will be mailed you. Your site or BBS must be Family-safe...no pornography, violence, vulgar language, or any other content not suitable for family viewing may be accessible by a ring surfer. There must be NO such material on or advertised by your site or bbs. Keep our ring a clean one.
The Christian BBS WebRing code needs to be on the page pointed to by the ring. This may be your home page, or (e.g., in the \http\public directory) or may be another page such as a webrings or links page. In any case, however, ring users (or "surfers") must be able to surf into and out of your site via the ring without having to navigate to any other page. If yours is a pay system, there must be something on the public/free side for surfers to check out. If surfers cannot access your site or BBS without paying, there is no point in being part of the ring. Make it worth a ring surfer's time to visit your site.
Keep the RingMaster up to date with any problems! If the RingMaster finds your site offline, it may be moved off the ring until you notify the RingMaster that it is back online. (If you have a site that goes down regularly, such as is often the case with dynamic IP servers, then consider placing the ring HTML and a link to your site on one of the many free 24 hour homepage services out there. That way you will not break the ring when your site goes offline or is down). Sites not following the rules, having incorrect links or URLs, or causing the ring not to work by dropping from the net without notice are "not cool"...all these things will break the ring and make it less desirable for ring surfers. Lots of happy ring surfers is in all of our best interest. You should regularly check the site in front of you on the ring, and the site behind you on the ring, and let the RingMaster know if a problem is found.
Please keep your site information current...use the Edit Site Info link below. Very simple to do. With many sites in the ring and new ones joining, it is not practical for the RingMaster to stay on top of everything all the time. Again, if your URL changes and you do not update your site info, the ring will break! It is your responsibility to maintain your site info.
All of the information needed to join the Christian BBS WebRing is contained on this page, and the pages displayed during the signup process.
Adding Your Site to the Ring:
We reserve the right to reject any site deemed inappropriate for the web ring. We further reserve the right to remove any site later deemed to be inappropriate.
To become a member of the ring, simply follow these steps....
Download a copy of our Christian BBS Webring Logo. Here's how. Position your mouse over the logo graphic of your choice and right click, then choose Save As Picture. This image is needed in a publically accessible directory. DO NOT SIMPLY POINT TO THE GRAPHIC HERE ON THIS SITE.
Fill out the following form, with the complete URL of your site. If you don't plan to put the banner on your default home page (e.g., the \public\default.htm page), then include the page directory and filename in the URL! Example:
You'll receive an auto e-mail confirming that your site was added to our WebRing queue. If you do not receive an e-mail within 24 hours, e-mail the RingMaster for help. Something definitely went wrong. Normally there is no need to inform the Ringmaster that you have been added to the queue as she will also receive an auto e-mail as well...please be patient. But don't wait to add the banner... and MAKE sure the URL you enter above points to where the banner will be!. Then add the ring code you receive in e-mail to the corresponding webpage immediately so that it is there when the ringmaster checks your site.
After your site has been verified by the RingMaster and the banner is in place with the correct info, the site will be made active on the ring and you'll receive another auto e-mail letting you know that your webring site is now officially in the ring.. that's it!
Once you submit your site using the button above, you will receive a customized html fragment of the code you will need in order to add the banner to your site. Please add the banner code as soon as you receive the HTML, as the RingMaster will check your site as soon as she receives the auto e-mail. Once you add the HTML, you can sit back and wait for the RingMaster to add you to the ring.
If the ring code banner is there when the RingMaster checks your site, you will be added to the ring immediately.
If You lose your custom html code...
If you loose the HTML somehow, wait! You will receive another copy of the customized HTML fragment via e-mail. If you loose that too, Click here for a generic version of the HTML to put the banner on your page. (Because the HTML at this link is not customized for your site, you will have to do the customizing yourself. Don't just insert the HTML uncustomized!). Copy and paste the HTML into your web editor, then hit the Back button in your browser to return here. ONLY use this generic version of the code if you don't get a customised one in the mail. Customizing this code requires you to possess some basic knowledge of html code.
you use the generic version of the HTML, you must
customize the HTML code so it will function on your site!
Don't just paste in the HTML as presented.
Also, make sure the references to the Christian BBS WebRing graphic/logo point to the location at which you have stored the graphic on your site.
Please make sure you do this customization or your site will not work on the ring with this generic HTML code fragment. And, you will not be added to the ring! So do it now...
Edit Existing Site Information
This form is for updating your site information if needed at a later time: (Also, if you forgot your password, go to this URL and click the appropriate link and WebRing will e-mail you the password.)
Bookmark the following shortcut too; you can quickly edit your site info...
As always, if you have any questions, send e-mail to the RingMaster.
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