Our new website is now in beta mode to present and test some of its features.
Transfer of accounts - at the top of the page there is a sign in /sign up link. If you click on "sign up" you'll have the option of transferring your account. This does nothing to change or deactivate your account on the current site. It allows us to bring over active accounts including Gravatars.
The only features from the current site which have been enabled on the beta site are articles and events. Articles will be posted on both the old and new sites so that you can compare them.
We have been testing the use of Disqus as the commenting tool and there are still modifications and integration for final implementation. We are aware there are issues with avatars in the comments and are working with Disqus to resolve them.
You can also sign on to the new RDF.net via Facebook and Twitter. You can use and comment using Disqus, however the "real" conversations will be on the main site for the time being. Comments on the beta site are for testing only and my be lost during final conversion. We want to work through any issues with articles and events before completing the integration of the commenting.>Events is now integrated with Google Maps and you can export to your local calendar - notice the "Export to iCal" option.
Readers can add events from the menu. When you add an event it goes into an approval queue and a member of RDF's staff will review and approve before posting. The "approval" is mainly to make sure that address and other event information is complete and is formatted correctly; and to determine that the event is appropriate for the site (a set of guidelines will be released shortly). This will allow users from around the world to add events not only of national or worldwide interest, but for their local area as well. We'll be adding filters and more sorting options but the the default for the Google Map right now will be your address as determined from your current IP address. You can also search for events in different cities; for example, typing "London" in the search box will show those events in London.
There is a "feedback" button at the lower left of the screen please use that to provide feedback to us as the e-mail distributes to all of us on the tech team and you can also discuss the various features or problems with others.