QRP Web Ring
For more years than I care to remember my website G4ILO’s Shack has been a member of the QRP Web Ring. Web rings are a tool dating from long before search engines came on the scene and were set up to help web surfers locate sites of similar interest.
In order to be a member of the QRP Web Ring I include some links to other web ring sites on my home page, plus a banner.
Clicking some of the web ring links from G4ILO’s Shack and other linked sites today I found that many of the links were broken and most of the rest were pages of extremely poor quality. So I am considering removing the QRP Web Ring code from my site.
Whether you still use the QRP Web Ring to find other QRP-related sites, or if you have never used it and have no intention of using it now that you know about it, I would appreciate your comments.
I recently had a look myself and had the same experience as yourself. They used to be a good way for like minded QRP enthusiasts to access relevant web sites but I think that with the rise of resources such as this site, Google web pages, Youtube etc that maybe webrings have had their day and it’s time to move on.
I used to check web rings for a number of different interests but found what you’re experiencing. I don’t bother anymore. I do check links that the site owner lists and maintains.
It’s interesting you bring up the topic Julian. I tried to access a lot of the sites in the webring via the button on your site a month ago and had the same experience as you. If the ring were cleaned up and maintained it would be an awesome resource for a budding QRPer like myself – one that would be greatly appreciated. As it is right now it’s just a source of frustration.