The internet is freedom from the dollar. Anyone who forgets this ultimate principal should be left in the dust. I'm certain someone can create an alternative that will reclaim the community WebRing wishes to toss away.
This is WebRing's suicide. Let it be their loss, not ours.
I do believe you are on to something here. I was contacted several months ago from a Webring Ringmaster that has the software, technology, etc. to create networked online communities, basically "just like Webring does". I hopefully have saved that proposal in my files somewhere. Will do some searching and post what I find.
What a shame that Webring's LOVE of money will destroy such a great group of communities. What a shame indeed, but such is the way of the world these days. I will certainly miss many of you of whom I have come to know through the webring communities.
"Forgive them, for they know not what they do"....