Article posted on Friday about the new site - moved to Discussions
I'll summarize and post an update to this in a Discussion titled "Issues Log ..." which will be based on some of the feedback and questions in the comments on several articles and e-mails submitted. A number of updates have been made to the code and a major performance adjustments were made on Friday 07-May. More updates are coming next week to correct some of the issues reported by readers here. Comments on this thread are now closed but if there are specific remaining issues please send an e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and specify the platform, OS and browser you are using<!-- <p>Article is still posted <a href="../../articles/5521" _mce_href="../../articles/5521">here</a></p> -->
Gravatar - A Globally Recognized Avatar
One feature in particular that should make the use of avatars much easier, both on RD.net and all of the sites where you have accounts, is by using a feature called Gravatars.
These will replace the avatars you have set up with your accounts and allow you to manage your images in a central location.
To prepare for this and have the image next to your id in the comments as soon as the site is converted, simply go to the Gravatar site and set up an account.
Here's a short video from their site.
Simply put, if you have an avatar on 10 sites, rather than uploading it 10 times, once to each site, then if you want to change it, change it on 10 sites, you only need to upload it to one central place. If you want to change your avatar you only need to change it in one place and it will be automatically used on all of the sites referencing a specific e-mail address which use Gravatars.
RD.net will be using Google Calendar as the basis for the Events calendar. In addition to more detailed information about upcoming events you can sync the RD.net calendar to either your Mac or Outlook on your PC and view the Events calendar in a format most appropriate for your browser and platform.
If you are not familiar with the use of tags, Wikipedia has a good writeup on the topic as well as links to examples and associated terminology.
Each article in the current website is assigned two category labels. At the top level, each article was classified as either "Reason" or "Science" and then a subcategory was assigned such as "In The News" or "Commentary" or something more specific. In the "Science" category there were sub-categories of "Evolution and Biology" and "Astronomy" among others.
The implementation of "tags" allows the assignment of multiple tags for each article - many more than two. The tags that have been selected for use on RD.net have been compiled based on a review of the 5000+ articles that have been posted to date and each of the articles previously posted has been assigned one or more tags. This provides for a basic ability to filter articles based on the tags assigned.
On the new site looking at the lower left corner of an article you'll see the word "TAGGED". The article below is shown as tagged with HUMOR, RELIGION, TV.
If you click on the word "HUMOR" you'll be taken to the following screen where you can select Filter by tag and you'll see the tags that have been used on the site.
But what if I want a certain tag used?
One of the nicest features about tags is that it's a widely used concept in what has been termed Web 2.0 and many other sites are building on this. As an example, the site Delicious.com allows you to bookmark any webpage or article and also assign your own tags. Please go to site and read about all of the tagging and bookmarking features available. Delicious.com is a free service.
From the About page on Delicious.
What is Delicious?
Delicious is a social bookmarking service that allows users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source. With emphasis on the power of the community, Delicious greatly improves how people discover, remember and share on the Internet.
Things you can do with Delicious:
Bookmark any site on the Internet, and get to it from anywhere.
Instead of having different bookmarks on every computer, Delicious makes it easy to have a single set of bookmarks kept in sync between all of your computers. Even if you're not on a computer you own, you can still get to your bookmarks on the Delicious website.
Share your bookmarks, and get bookmarks in return
If your friends use Delicious, you can send them interesting bookmarks that they can check out the next time they log in. Of course, they can do the same for you. As you explore the site and find interesting users, you can use our Subscriptions and Network features to keep track of the Delicious tags and users you find most interesting.
Discover the most useful and interesting bookmarks on the web
See what's hot with Delicious users by checking out our popular tags. By looking at popular bookmarks for a tag, you'll be able to discover the most interesting bookmarks on the topics you're most interested in. Browse bookmarks on just about anything from the best programming tips to the most popular travel sites, all in an easy to read format.
You can install Delicious as a Firefox add-on so that it will be readily available on your toolbar.
Assuming you're reading the article shown below, you can first click on the "TAG" icon, on the top left of your browser window and can then assign your own tags or notes by creating new ones on the fly or using ones previously defined. You can also select from those suggested by other Delicious users who have tagged this article.