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Navigating the Waterfalls WebRing
Searching the Waterfalls WebRing
Join the Waterfalls WebRing
Contact the Ringmaster
Visit the WaterfallsTalk discussion group
About the Waterfalls Webring logo


Welcome to the Waterfalls WebRing

This is the place for lovers of falling water! We've put our waterfall web sites together in this WebRing so that you can easily view waterfalls from around the world and from your own neighborhood. Whether you are seeking fun, adventure, hiking, exploring; photography, history, geology or geography; or just the quiet contemplation of a waterfall, this is your place. Enjoy your visit!


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Navigating the Waterfalls WebRing

The Waterfalls WebRing link on the waterfall home page of each of our sites looks like this:

  Click on the picture to visit the
Waterfall WebRing home page (this page)
  Click on these links to navigate the WebRing

You can jump directly to the Next or Previous site in our ring, or you can jump to a Random site. Click the Hub Page link to view a brief description of each site. You can then jump to the site which is of interest to you.

When you go to the Hub Page, you will see a list of the first 20 sites. Don't overlook the rest of the list that you can see by clicking the Next-> and <-Prev links at the top and bottom of each page of the list.

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Searching the WebRing

You can search the keywords and descriptions for all sites in the Waterfalls WebRing by using the Search box on the Hub Page. Enter a search phrase like hike, photography, or New Jersey and then click the Search button. This will shorten the list to the sites that are of interest to you.

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Join the Waterfalls WebRing - Q & A

If you are the owner of a web site dedicated to natural waterfalls, you can join the Waterfalls WebRing. Or, if your favorite waterfalls web site is not on the Waterfalls WebRing, ask the owner to join.

Here are the answers to some questions you might have.

What is the Waterfalls WebRing? We are a group of owners of web sites dedicated to the enjoyment of natural waterfalls. The purpose is to connect our web sites to make it easier for visitors to navigate among them.

What is the Waterfalltalk e-group? We have a discussion group which allows us to communicate about the Waterfalls WebRing and to share information about creating and maintaining waterfalls web sites. The discussion group is open to present and prospective Waterfalls WebRing members as well as to others who share an interest in waterfalls or waterfall web sites. To visit the discussion group, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waterfalltalk. To apply for membership in the discussion group, send an e-mail to Waterfalltalk-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Who may join? Anyone maintaining a web page dedicated to sharing information about natural waterfalls may apply to join the Waterfalls WebRing. Membership in the Waterfalltalk discussion group is open to all who apply.

What are membership restrictions or requirements? Member web sites must meet the following criteria:

  1. Member sites must be devoted to sharing information about "natural" waterfalls, rapids, cataracts, chutes, etc.  This WebRing is not intended to link to sites about artificial garden or indoor waterfalls.
  2. Member sites must abide by the guidelines agreed to by the majority of members involved in the creation of the site. Please address concerns to the Waterfalltalk discussion group.
  3. Member sites agree to include the Waterfall WebRing name, logo, and links in a prominent position on their waterfalls home page using the suggested format and layout.
  4. Member sites may include commercial content, but this content MUST be related to natural waterfalls. For example, sites selling waterfall books or photographs are welcome, while sites where waterfalls are incidental to a commercial purpose are not. Membership of some commercial web sites may be subject to democratic vote by the existing members. 
  5. Member sites should feature waterfalls and closely related content, the purpose being to allow visitors to easily navigate among pages devoted to waterfalls. If a web site has several topics, the Waterfalls WebRing link should be to the main waterfalls topic page. Links from that page to other topics on the web site are welcome and encouraged, provided that the waterfalls content is prominent on that page.
    1. Member sites that cannot meet restriction 5, may still join, but shall have a 90 day grace period.  During this period, the provisional member should redesign the waterfall section of their home page so that it is solely concerned with waterfalls. This may be as simple as creating a near-duplicate page that only displays waterfall information (as well as links to other topics). This saves members from having to alter their existing home page structure, but allows visitors surfing the WebRing to move directly to waterfall information.
  6. Member sites should have a suitable level of completion. While most web sites are continually evolving and expanding, sites that are in the early stages of development may be offered deferred membership at the discretion of the Ringmaster. Provisional members are encouraged to participate in the Waterfalltalk discussion group although their web site is not added to the WebRing.
  7. Member sites should strive for high quality and reliable performance using level 4.0 browsers and above. A member site may be removed from the WebRing if it is excessively slow, contains many broken links, contains scripts which cause browsers to crash, or is not of the general level of quality represented by the other member sites.
  8. Member sites must link cleanly to the Waterfall WebRing in the full parent window of the site. Spawning a new window, linking within a subframe of the site, or invoking sound or special visual effects upon exercising links to the Waterfall WebRing are not permitted.
  9. Member sites that a) ignore warnings from the ringmaster(s) b) post undesirable material (pornography, racist or sexist content, foul language) c) include unattributed material or any material in violation of copyright laws or d) slander or verbally attack other members of the WebRing or its related discussion group shall be removed from the WebRing and the discussion group.
  10. Some "free" webhosting ISP's impose excessive advertising, pop-up windows, browser behavior modification, and the like, that are disruptive to the process of visiting a WebRing of independent but cooperating websites. If you have chosen to host your Waterfalls website at one of these ISP's, it is likely that your site will not be approved for membership.

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How to submit your site to the Waterfalls WebRing

  1. Please visit current member sites to make sure that your web site will fit in.
  2. Please submit your site for consideration by the Ringmaster by using the instructions below.
    1. To submit your site to the Waterfalls Webring, you must first have a WebRing! user name and password. If you do not already have one, go to Sign up for your WebRing ID page at WebRing. Once you are logged into WebRing go to the Join This Site page for the Waterfalls Webring.
    2. Enter the URL of your waterfalls homepage, your site Title, and the Description of your site. Look at the existing Hub Page for the WebRing to see the type of description other members have provided for their sites. The Ringmaster may edit your description if it is deemed too long.
    3. Then click the Submit button.
  3. When you submit the form, your site will be placed in the WebRing "queue". It will not be visible on the WebRing but will be visible to the Ringmaster. You will get an acknowledgment of your submission.
  4. The Ringmaster will be notified of your submission and will consider your site for inclusion in the ring.  This may take a few days - ringmasters have a life other than the 'net!
  5. When the Ringmaster approves your submission, you will receive an e-mail notification and a link to obtain the WebRing Navigation Bar ("NavBar").
  6. IMPORTANT: At this time, we recommend that you DO NOT USE WebRing NAVBAR. Instead, notice the "id=xx" field in the link to your navbar. The "xx" is your ring ID for your site. Please remember it! Then include the HTML code shown below on your waterfalls home page. Your site cannot be actually added to the WebRing until the HTML code is correctly included on your home page. If you were to be added to the WebRing without the proper HTML code, your site would represent a broken link in the ring, which ruins the operation of the ring for everyone.
  7. BE SURE!! to change the four lines that include the text  "id=??" to "id=xx"  where xx is your ID number.  
  8. Be sure to upload your updated page to your web site!
  9. The Ringmaster will notify you when your site is accepted and has been added to the ring. Please test the operation of the WebRing periodically and report any problems to the Ringmaster.  

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Your Title and Description

Visitors to the Waterfalls WebRing will see the Title and Description of your site and may use this information to decide whether or not to visit your site. You should include geographic information (ie. if your web page contains information about the waterfalls of Germany, please list "Germany" as well as any state or regions that you feel are important).  If your site features a famous waterfall, include it's name. It is also a good idea to include phrases such as "books for sale" if you are selling material on your web site. Also, indicate the general orientation of your site, for example hiking and outdoor recreation, photography, history, geology, education, etc. If the language of your site is not English, please indicate the language. Please keep your Description concise and accurate. Don't include the same information in both your Title and the Description since space is limited.

Your WebRing home page

The Waterfalls WebRing, your site Title and Description are what will bring visitors to your waterfalls home page. It is your own waterfalls home page that will attract visitors to visit the rest of your site. Try to make the purpose and content of your site clear to the visitor and provide links to your waterfall pages and to the rest of your site if other topics are present.

Your waterfalls home page should be relatively short (ideally, requiring no scrolling), should load quickly (modest sized graphics), and should not use scripting or effects requiring plug-ins. Once into your site, of course, you can use all of the special effects you want.

Remember, you want to make a quick, favorable impression on the visitor so that they will want to explore your site further. In the case that the visitor finds they are not interested in your page, they should be able to quickly find the Waterfalls WebRing links to move onto the next site in the ring. Remember that visitors may have arrived at your site from the "Next" link from the previous member in the Waterfalls WebRing. Make sure you give the next member the same chance.

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HTML snippet and instructions

Copy and paste the following code in your main waterfalls page. Most people place it near the bottom of the home page provided that the home page is not too long.  Be sure that it is located before the </BODY> tag.  You really, really should use a text editor like "NOTEPAD" or the MAC equivalent.  With Front Page, use the "Insert HTML Code" command. From time to time, there may be changes to the HTML code required for WebRing operation.

<p style="text-align:center"><b>

<a href="http://www.naturalhighs.net/waterfalls/ring/w_webring.htm" target="_top"><img border="0"
alt="Visit the Waterfalls WebRing Home Page" title="Visit the Waterfalls WebRing Home Page" width="300" height="40"></a> <br>
[ <a href="http://V.webring.com/go?ring=waterfallsring&id=??&prev" target="_top">< Previous</a>
| <a href="http://V.webring.com/go?ring=waterfallsring&id=??&random" target="_top">Random</a>
| <a href="http://V.webring.com/hub?ring=waterfallsring&id=??&hub" target="_top">Ring Hub</a>
| <a href="http://V.webring.com/go?ring=waterfallsring&id=??&next" target="_top">Next ></a> ]


Updated March 27, 2006

Remember to change the id=?? to id=xx where xx is your ID number for the Waterfalls WebRing. The following example shows where to make the changes (four places):


The link should look like this once it is on your page:

Visit the Waterfalls WebRing Home Page
[ < Previous | Random | Ring Hub | Next > ]

As an alternative, you can use the following:

Visit the Waterfalls WebRing Home Page
< Previous | Next >
Random | Ring Hub

Here is the HTML for this alternative:

<p style="text-align:center"><b>

<a href="http://www.naturalhighs.net/waterfalls/ring/w_webring.htm" target="_top"><img border="0"
alt="Visit the Waterfalls WebRing Home Page" title="Visit the Waterfalls WebRing Home Page" width="150" height="66"></a><br>
<a href="http://V.webring.com/go?ring=waterfallsring&id=??&prev" target="_top">< Previous</a>
| <a href="http://V.webring.com/go?ring=waterfallsring&id=??&next" target="_top">Next >
<a href="http://V.webring.com/go?ring=waterfallsring&id=??&random" target="_top">Random</a>
| <a href="http://V.webring.com/hub?ring=waterfallsring&id=??&hub" target="_top">Ring Hub</a>


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  Waterfalls WebRing Ringmasters

Please contact Mark Harris or Roger Hopkins for further information about this WebRing.
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