Help, Suggestions, Future of The D-Word

Help with The D-Word

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Difficulties with The D-Word? If you can't find the right answers on our Help page, please post in this topic. Ideas for future D-Word releases or projects can be posted here as well.

Erica Ginsberg

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.

Erica Ginsberg

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.

Summers Henderson

What happened to Public Classifieds?  It's showing as an Archived Topic.  

Doug Block

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.

Margo Precht Speciale

When I google my name, my past D-word comments and posts come up.  How can I stop that from happening?

John Burgan

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.

Garret Savage

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?

Lalita Clozel

Hi! I'm looking for filmmakers in and around Washington D.C., and was wondering if there's a way to post by location. Thans!

Peter Gerard
Topic host

In reply to Garret Savage's post on Fri 21 Apr 2017:

Hi Garret Savage - sorry this took me so long to reply to. Our film pages are not super advanced, and the way it chooses which credit to show at the top is by looking for a credit that is exactly "Director" or "Producer". Unfortunately if you list a credit with multiple roles like that, the system doesn't match it for the top credit on the page, so if you want Rachel to show up at the top, simply change her role to just "Director". You can probably add a second credit for her other roles.

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Matt Faw

Hi D-Word!  Great platform here, much respect!


I want to make sure I post in the right thread.  I'm seeking recommendations for an apt producer for my brain science doc-in-progress.  Thanks!

Kai Simmer

In reply to Doug Block's post on Mon 12 Oct 2015:

Can someone please help me make a post?
As far as I understand, I am listed as a 'Professional' and should be able to post.
When I enter into a 'Topic' and look down to the 'Teal' bar at the bottom, there is no way to click on something that will allow me to make a new post.
I just can't understand why a this site is set up un such an unintuitive way. Is there really no there way?

Erica Ginsberg

Kai, are you trying to post from a phone, tablet, or computer? If you are looking at a non-archived topic, you should be able to scroll to the bottom and you will see a box which says "New Post." It won't be on the teal bar but just above it.

You may also want to confirm you are at the end of the topics. Each page holds about 25 posts so it could be that you are not at the last page if it is a very popular topic such as Cinematography. One way to check is to select the Jump To drop down (which is on the teal bar) and select "Jump to Today." Then try scrolling down and seeing if you see the New Post box.

Kai Simmer

In reply to Kai Simmer's post on Thu 20 Jul 2017:

In reply to Erica Ginsberg's post on Thu 20 Jul 2017:

 Hi Erica, thank you for the reply.

I have a way forward. 1 hour later.

In the event that this can help others:

After clicking into the 'Topic' you want, you then go down to the 'Teal' bar at the bottom and then click on the 'Jump to' window and then click: 'Jump to today.'

You will then be taken to current posts where you can make a new post.

* I will make a note about this and email it to myself so that if in a year I need to post again I will know what to do if I have forgotten.

Vivian Kleiman

It was a chilling moment when I stumbled on the profile of d-word member Peter Wintonick who passed away a few years ago. I understand the hesitation, but shouldn't we find a way to move the profile of such folks over to ... perhaps "In Memorium" and let them rest in peace?...

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John Burgan

In reply to Simon Morice's post on Wed 6 Sep 2017: 

That is actually the new post box, Simon, it's not a fault but the way conversations at The D-Word happen. Conventional discussion boards work whereby members create "new" posts / threads in the way you are probably thinking of - i.e. "Codec problem" or "distribution question", but at The D-Word you join in an ongoing discussion by selecting  the most appropriate Topic (and one only, double or multiple posts are not desired) and make your comment. Some people find it a little unusual at first, but as our Community has just reached its 18th year with some 15K registered members, it seems that enough folk find it valuable.


Hope that explains things!


Doug Block

There's also the all-important search engine if you're looking to find specific information on something. Chances are we've discussed it all sometime in the past.

Simon Morice

In reply to John Burgan's post on Wed 6 Sep 2017:

In response to a support mail I am publishing my comments here.

I find the discussions a bit counter intuitive the most recent posts are at the end, and the new post box is also there. You have to trawl through everything to get to it. As time progresses so post hunting becomes somewhat archaeological. Perhaps you could suggest the devs make it possible to order by most recent post and to thread discussions?

Bill Jackson

In reply to Simon Morice's post on Wed 6 Sep 2017 (

I have my preferences set to show only 10 new posts in a category and just one previous unread post. That works well for me, and I find it cleaner and easier housekeeping than other types of discussion websites. I think once you have visited most of the categories (so that you have unread and read posts) and set your preferences the way you like it, that it will be very efficient.