Here's the support request I sent to Dropbox on 2013-02-05:

I'm a high-school computer-studies teacher. Each semester, all of my ~100 new students create and use Dropboxes to implement our prescribed Backup Strategy (http://touque.ca/EC/resources/student/backup_strategy.php) and to create websites within their Public Folders. (Linking to index.html within a Public Folder provides access to a student's entire site via relative links within the index page.)

But Dropboxes created since 2013-02-01, for the current semester, do not have Public Folders.

I have read both http://www.slashgear.com/dropbox-confirms-public-folder-phase-out-15234163/ and http://tidbits.com/article/13117,
but I have been unable to find an answer to the above-captioned question: "how to enable the Public Folder for new users?".

Of course, I have read https://www.dropbox.com/help/167/en, but the resulting link to an individual HTML file will not support relative links within that file.
The loss of the legacy Public Folder behaviour is significant for us: I do not know how we will recover.

Your prompt reply will be most appreciated. Thank you.


And here's the solution, courtesy of our own Angela Du:

https://www.dropbox.com/enable_public_folder