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.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome to The NEW D-Word.

To make the transition from the New Cafe as easy as possible, Peter did his best to make sure you'll find everything already in place. With one exception: Your count of new postings has been reset.

But from now on, the count will hopefully work in the same way you've been used to.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Not only for the smooth transition, Peter Gerard does deserve the highest praise for weeks and months of work on The NEW D-Word.

Thank you very much, Peter, and thank you to all the Members of The D-Word who contributed to making this happen.

John Burgan
Host

Peter's done a really great job, working day and night fixing, adjusting and improving all you see here.

While some of us have just been beta-testing as users, let's not overlook the many, many dedicated hours put in by our co-host Ben Kempas.

Buy these guys a pint.

Marj Safinia
Host

Ooh this is so exciting, and a little overwhelming. But WELL DONE PETER!! I'm very impressed. Thank you!

Ben Kempas
Pro

Folks, check your profiles ... If you've used HTML in your previous profile, you'll need to get rid of those HTML tags manually.

Ben Kempas
Pro

If you get any server errors, including those saying "We're sorry but something went wrong, please let us know here. Carefully describe what you did when it happened.

Joe Moulins
Pro

Congratulations and thanks to Peter, Ben and anyone else who helped make this happen.
It looks so...2007!

Doug Block
Host

Wow, Tom, so that's what you look like! What silly said that seeing our images would dampen the experience?

Ben Kempas
Pro

I'm getting errors when using the link to read postings after mine. The general "Read New Postings" link seems to work fine.

I'm sure Peter will look into this once he had some sleep...

Ben Kempas
Pro

Thanks for helping to break it as an Alpha tester...

Senain Kheshgi
Pro

Congrats guys! I was so happy to get the email that things were up and running! I've been stranded at the airport in Barcelona for the last 12 hours. Perfect timing to play around in the new D-word.

David Herman
Pro

whoops, I am about to double post, cause the other was in playing around as I didn't notice help. How do I change my password back to something I can remember?

Ben Kempas
Pro

Yes, I'm getting them all the time, but only with the "after yours" link. Am I the only one?

David Herman
Pro

Peter, "the fixer" Gerard. Only thing I don't like is being called member. Kind of makes me self conscious and wonder what a female member should be called.

Peter Gerard
Pro

Yes, I'm the fixer all right, and I can even fix your post so there's an "r" at the end of my first name!

Milt Lee
Pro

OK I read the instructions, and now I see that the links are to the posts that are in the various topics.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

So far so good. THANK YOU PETER! AND BEN. AND DOUG. AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO WAS A PART OF MAKING THE NEW D-WORD HAPPEN. Sorry I'm yelling. I'm just so bloody excited.

Milt Lee
Pro

It could be that I need to look a little further, but are you going to have instructions, or panels that show the tools you can use - on the posting pages? It would be wonderful.
Thanks,
Milt

Peter Gerard
Pro

Click on the little blue ? icon above the posting box for posting instructions. Or click "Help" in the menu at the top of the page for general instructions. Anything else, just ask here!

Ben Kempas
Pro

Milt, there's also the Help page that you can access from the top menu. You'll find a "Quick Guide" that I wrote very quickly, so it still lacks sophistication and illustration. (Volunteers needed to improve it.)

Christopher Wong
Pro

Peter (& Ben), thanks so much for the new version. I love it already... Methinks the updated site will save me at least 15 minutes of D-word browsing a day; of course, since it's so easy, I'll probably be wasting time, er, posting even more than before. Great job!

Niam Itani
Host

Thanks Peter, Ben, Doug, John, and everybody else!!! This is addictive. RIP Facebook, lol

Marj Safinia
Host

Okay, a couple of other questions that come up for me -- just suggestions for the future "to-do" list, perhaps?

  • spell check for postings (I think we had talked about this at one point)]
  • when email notification of posting following yours occurs, can it tell you who posted after you instead of just saying "someone"?
  • John Burgan
    Host

    Most modern browsers will provide automatic spell check - and who's to decide the default spelling for an inbuilt D-Word checker - "color" or "colour"?

    You say tomato...

    Simone Fary
    Pro

    Got the error the first time I tried to upload my photo. Was trying to do 3 different things at once, I'm sure it was because it was way too big and a TIFF. When I reduced it and converted to JPEG it was fine, but might be nice to give the specs for photos. Otherwise, a fabulous job, congratulations.

    Ben Kempas
    Pro

    It would be nice if everybody could upload a picture than we can easily identify them with.

    This doesn't have to be a portrait of yourself, it can as well be a picture of your camera, your cat, or a still from a film you made.

    Margot Roth
    Pro

    I'm not sure if this was covered already-- but i noticed in my first post when i tried to use a couple sets of dashes ( - ) it did a strike-thru thingie. I previewed the post first and changed it to single dashes. Is that a bug or are you not s'posed to use double-dashes? Cuz god knows-me-- and Emily Dickinson-we loves-the long-dash. -

    oh look i did it again!

    p.s. Peter et al: you guys rock! this was a LOT of work. wow.

    Ben Kempas
    Pro

    Margot, welcome back! I think I'm going to upload your eye surgery picture as your user profile picture...

    I think we should get rid of the strike-through feature altogether. It's kind of a leftover from other markup tools, and it'll be more painful than useful.

    Erica Ginsberg
    Host

    Margot, is that an art piece by your friend you are using for your image? I was kind of hoping for the eyelid picture, but this one's pretty cool.

    I think you can do the double dash without it crossing things out, but only if there's a space between the dashes and the word -- like this.

    Ben Kempas
    Pro

    John with a better memory than Erica? I'm impressed (by the search function).

    Christopher Pavsek
    Pro

    where are the instructions for how to do markup? i can't find them....perhaps i have a bug

    i like the -strike-through-! Don't get rid of it! it reminds me of jacques derrida

    Ben Kempas
    Pro

    See the blue question mark icon above the post, to the right of your location?

    And who's Jaques Derrida?

    John Burgan
    Host

    A Frenchman famous for his ability to -(censored)-

    Marj Safinia
    Host

    Derrida

    I -like- love the strikethrough too. Please don't get rid of it.

    I thought Margot's picture was maggots, not bananas.

    About help: Still having problems making the "link to another topic" work using cut and paste from the blue formatting questions mark thing.

    {Doc Bar & Grill}

    Riley Morton
    Pro

    2 questions.
    i try to make my photo my default so you can actually see me at left, and it is now my default photo, but doesn't seem to have the intended effect (does the system need some time to update?)

    2 i can't seem to change my password from the d-word created random one. when i try to on my profile page, and hit 'save' it tells me that my email is already in use.

    other than that, i'm absolutely blown away by the new d-word. soooo great!

    Ben Kempas
    Pro

    Marj - as I said elsewhere, I think it doesn't like the "&" sign. We might have to rename the topic the Doc Bar and Grill.

    Riley - I suspect this has to do with your sign-up for a third account after we already imported two different ones. Seems like Peter needs to do some database clean-up...

    Riley Morton
    Pro

    you are probably right, Ben.
    sorry about the headache.

    bigger photo didn't work.

    Margot Roth
    Pro

    Ben I don't see the blue question mark... maybe only the hosts have it? I see the reply, link, and tag icons only.

    Also, I'm all for a strikethrough function, but could it be changed to some other code-- so peeps using dashes don't do it accidentally?

    Last but not least, D-Worders got mad memory skillz!!!! Yes, that's a pile of bananas my artist pal Doug Fishbone assembled in NY. (He's done them all over the world, actually.) It was a photo I had handy on my desktop. But if the peeps want the eyelid pictures, I can certainly oblige.....

    Peter Gerard
    Pro

    I'll fix the formatting thing in due time. It's not meant to strikethrough unless there's white-space on either side so that you can still have a double-dash.

    (Hidden section for the technically interested...)

    I'm trying to balance between a full blown formatting markup and a simple custom one to suit our needs. But my custom code is clearly not completely ironed out...

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