No, unfortuantely, Tony. You will have to find a reason to create another post and tag the person in it :)
I just created an account on d-word after learning about it in a book. I am a University professor, author, and researcher on topics related to alternative education, educational innovation, and self-directed learning. I'm just in the early stages of my first attempt at a documentary, so I would certainly not consider myself a professional. I came to this site because it was suggested as an excellent community for aspiring, new and experienced filmmakers; but it appears to be limited only to experienced filmmakers (with the exception of a few general public topics). Is that accurate or am I possibly missing something on the site. Any help is appreciated. I'd love to learn from the community as I work on my first documentary.
Bernard, yes indeed most of the topics are private for professional members only. The topics open to first-timers include a classifieds topic, Introduce Yourself, a few archived seminars, and the Mentoring Room which is a good place to ask questions if you are getting started.
In reply to Erica Ginsberg's post on Sun 18 Dec 2016:
Thank you for the quick reply, Erica. Do you happen to know of other online communities that are more suitable for or open to those of us who are new to documentary filmmaking?
Forums on Creative Cow can be helpful for technical advice. I would also check out No Film School and stay on top of articles from Indiewire and Filmmaker Magazine. It might be worth it to join the IDA to get access to their Doc U online and magazine articles in print and online. In Milwaukee, while I am not aware of a regular documentary filmmaker meetup, I know Milwaukee Film was, at one time, trying to do more year-round programming than just the film festival. I'd also recommend you try to connect with Brad Lichtenstein at 371 Productions since he seems to have a very good handle on everything happening doc-wise in your town.
In any case, if you have some specific questions, I'd recommend posting them in the Mentoring Room. D-Worders can be very generous with suggestions.
What happened to Public Classifieds? It's showing as an Archived Topic.
We're winding down the public area of The D-Word, Summers. Topic by topic. It's open to search engines, for one thing. But we want pros here, for another. So just one Classifieds topic.
When I google my name, my past D-word comments and posts come up. How can I stop that from happening?
This is only for the 3 Public Topics that are searchable (Mentoring Room, Recommended Docs, Help with The D-Word). All the Professional Topics (currently 44 of them) are closed off to the internet.
I created a D-Word film project page for "One October." I'm listed at the Producer right under the title of the film. But if only one crew member can be listed, I want our Director/Producer/Editor Rachel Shuman to be in that spot. Is there a way to change this?