The first rule is fairly simple. Your diary must have been quoted on Quoted.
Third, the ring links have to be there. No parasites that join to draw attention to their diary, but don't provide the links to allow the reader to move on to the next. It's a ring, folks. That implies continuity, with no dead ends.
I haven't bothered messing with Andrew's default ring links, but members can redesign them to their heart's content to match their page, so long as the standard previous, next, random, list and home links are there. I'm not concerned about the Diaryland link, since I'm sure it will be on the diary somewhere. I understand the desire to not clutter a diary with ring links, but the link must be no more than one click away from the diary index page itself. I figure 2-3 days should be a reasonable time to add the links.
Unlike some other ringmasters, I am not concerned about diaries that use Diaryland templates. I enjoy a well designed page, but I'm here for your words, not your html skills. I have a couple diaries I read regularly that haven't messed with Andrew's html, and it doesn't bother me. Those of you who skip over template diaries are missing something.
I also was worried about having the ring fill up with dead diaries. But how does one define dead? Are someone's words no longer relevant or interesting if they only write once a month? Or two or three times a year? Seasonally? For now, I'll leave that criterion out. But if it gets stale enough to stink, I may remove it. (Of course there's a bobcat skull with flesh and fur still attached that's been sitting and decomposing on our spool for over five years, so you know it takes a while for my sense of smell to be offended.)
The diary cannot be hateful, as in racist, bigoted or homophobic. I cannot justify that from a "free speech on the internet" point of view, but so what? I don't like them, and will not link or ring with them.
And on the reverse side of the coin, no fan pages. This is a Diaryring. That implies the content will be a diary.
That's it for now. I reserve the right to make further rules if necessary to ward off parasites, and the right to ignore the existing rules if I find the bloodsucker to be cute or of redeeming value.
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