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Hi, My Name is... #1
Since "Webring" seems to be a trademarked term, we need another name!
I think it would be nice to let the community come up with ideas.
All ideas welcome!
The US trademark for "Webring" was granted in 2007, almost a decade after the term was used as generic term by a whole lot of websites. It doesn't seem enforceable to me as even a brief trawl through archive.org should find all sorts of prior use of the term in a generic fashion. It seems almost funny to me that they even bothered to register it as a trademark in 2007. But I'm not a lawyer.
Imagine trying to explain to an experienced internet user what your project does without using the word webring.
I did some searching and determined that there were some efforts to make commercial webrings and some of them had 'webring' in the name. Obviously none of them were very successful.
As far as I know, all the webrings that I interacted with were stand-alone CGI programs.
Thank you all for your input!
as far as I understand, the issue has been with the term "webring", as that is the tm'd name from 2007. so names containing that are maybe problematic. but then again, as @WorldMaker stated above, webrings have been around far longer than that, and I also have my doubts about the enforceability of that trademark.
Ideally, I'd like to stick with "Webring".
For now, I'm closing this thread. Thanks again!