Chris Pavsek broke D-Word.
yes, looks like the Views on News Forum has imploded!
We'll look into it, folks (Peter G, are you here???). I not only have the same problem, I didn't even see News and Views the last few days. When I went to My Settings to see about it, turns out the topic was mysteriously unchecked.
Hmmm, maybe Chris DID break The D-Word.
Doug, you must have clicked "Hide Views on News from now on" which happens to be just below "Back to Topics List".
As for the technical problem with the last posting in Views on News, we alerted Peter.
All better now... Looks like Chris and Reed broke it together by clicking the Post button at exactly the same second. I'll try and prevent bugs like that in the future!
I'm guessing they were both pounding the button. Just goes to show why it's important to carry a spare.
Views on News is stuck again.
I blame Reed.
People are getting anxious in there. I fixed it again.
yo-my advanced search feature doesn't seem to be working.
It's working here. Please be more specific, Kurt:
What are your search terms and settings?
Ben-after reading your post i tried it on my PC using firefox and it worked, which it wasnt' on a Mac osX with Safari.
so, i guess it's working. kinda.
you know what would be handy? being able to search posts by people who wrote them. just a thought.
I think I asked the same thing a while ago. It would be great b/c sometimes I remember that someone, let's say Kurt Engfehr, posted something important a while back about, let's say, the art of filming roadrunners. Then I could just punch in "Kurt" and "roadrunner" and it would narrow down the postings immensely. Currently it only seems to search the name if it's mentioned in the post. Though I suppose the workaround is we could all start signing our posts. The other thing I find odd is that, when we do search a keyword, it brings up the posts in no particular order. It would be great if it could bring them up in chronological order, starting with the most recent. That way I could at least get recent roadrunner discussions and not ones had in 1999.
(no roadrunners were harmed in the making of this post)
Search results are ordered by relevance. And tagged postings come first.
Just tag whatever posts you find useful, and you'll easily find them again without any need for a search.
And: this is the Beta.
How does it determine relevance if you only have one keyword? Also isn't it searching on all tags, not just mine? Or is it only searching on my tags?
P.S. For a Beta, D-Word is amazing. No major complaints. Just suggestions for the next version if and when it comes.
thing about the tags is that, we didn't tag shit a few years ago.
we will have search by user and different sort options in the next version... some time in the next few months. The search-my-tags-only thing is also in the pipeline...
How does it determine relevance? Tags first (as Ben said) and then using a full-text search algorithm. If you really want to understand it, see here but it's awfully technical.
Peter, silent man behind the architecture, thank you again for devoting so much time to structuring this with the co-helmers. Happy New Year.
Hosts, FYI, I just did a search on "batteries" to find the very helpful post that Kurt recently posted related to the new restrictions on lithium batteries so I could share the info with someone offlist. I did find the post, but ahead of it were other posts with the word "batteries," all of which were older posts and none of which were tagged (Kurt's posting was tagged). Just thought you should know...
I'm new here, so forgive me if I'm posting this in the wrong place. This may be less of a help issue than it is a request. I just registered to get my "enthusiast" designation and have really been enjoying exploring the areas of this site I have access to. One of the things I know I (and I would guess many others in my shoes) would benefit from is some sort of public forum containing documentary reviews or recommendations. I am always looking for suggestions from people who are as into docs as I am. I live in a rural area, which limits my ability to see more obscure films (ones not available on Netflix). I'm not sure how complicated something like this would be, but it's just a thought. Thanks so much for this site! I'm glad I found it.
good suggestion, chris. we had a favorite docs topic for a while, but it petered out in time and we archived it. alas, accessible to d-word members only. it's well worth thinking of doing something public in that way.
could do a list of the favorite films of d-worders – a doc filmmakers list of films for doc lovers – based on the multiple lists and recommends we've all made over the years.
Has anyone suggested the feature of allowing registered users of this site to send msgs to each other? The general format of the topics board here is kinda new to me and I'm still trying to get used to it. But the tagging feature helps a lot!
if you fill out your profile we have access to your email address for private messages.
I love the new D-Word and its simplicity has really helped me get more involved. Thanks to everyone for all of the incredible work that went into this new platform!
I do have a question/possible feature request. Is there a way for me to use one e-mail address to receive my e-mail digest from D-word but then to a display a different e-mail in my profile? This would be convenient as I'm guessing that, like me, many people have multiple e-mail addresses and use some for list subscriptions, some for business contact, etc.
Functionally, I guess this would mean that instead of having the option under "settings" to hide e-mail address, there would be two options: one to hide primary e-mail address and another to hide "other" e-mail address.
Thanks for your proposal, Robert.
Does anyone else see the need for this?
Ben, that would be useful (but not esssential) for me also.
I would also like a feature where I could be permanently logged in at all times, i.e. where your server would remember my IP address.
But again, these are not critical isues. It's an awesome site and I'd love to earn my membership soon!
Log-in to The D-Word is cookie-based, not IP-based.
But we can throw a "keep me logged in" option onto the feature list if people want this. However, all modern browsers offer to remember log-in details for you, so the proposed feature is not really a necessity these days, is it?
Vis-a-vis, Robert B's request: Maybe I missed something, but what is the e-mail digest? Is this a new feature where there's a summary of all the postings of the day? Or is this just like the old "notify me of postings following mine" option from the Utne days. Personally I don't feel like I get so many postings from D-Word that I would need to have a separate e-mail account for them. But if it's not a problem to implement this change for folks who would want it, sure why not.
On permanent logins, again I don't feel strongly about it, though it would be nice. When I'm using Firefox at home, it remembers the log-in details. At work, I'm using Explorer and it doesn't remember them (maybe b/c oursets us to not remember cookies, but I'm not sure – it remembers my Gmail login automatically). If permanent login is an option, It would still be good to have an easy way to sign in and out. I never figured out how to do that with Utne and, as a result, visiting D-Worders to my home couldn't log me out and re-log-in as themselves to post stuff.
Email digests can be selected at the bottom of each Topic or on the My Topics page. You'll receive the new postings in the selected Topics by email rather than by logging in. Not just a notification.
As for logging out, you had to close the browser with Cafe Utne (one of previous platforms). Now, you can just use the Log out on the top right of every page.
excuse me. What happened to archives and file store – like releases etc?
Not sure what you mean with archives. Archived topics are all with us.
Not sure what you mean with file store either. The Resources page hosted by an inactive member? If so, we never had any releases on there, just some sample budgets and proposals that are pretty much out of date now. As soon as our previous platform allowed us to post attachments, there was no need for separate hosting any more. You're the first one to miss these files.
Just b/c we haven't posted like David, doesn't mean there aren't others who miss them as well. It's nice to have resources in one fixed place. But I suppose the fix is to do a search on "release forms" or "releases" and create a tag if some smart soul hasn't done so already.
I love the customizing abilities of the new D-Word format, but, and I may be the lone moron who has this problem, I have accidentally hid topics probably ten times while trying to go back to topics list. I've noticed and fixed it immediately about 9 of those times, but at least once, I didn't realize for like a week that I was missing a topic. I guess I'm not even sure why someone would hide topics in the first place. Maybe put the option in a different place where I don't accidentally click on it. Of course, if I'm the only one, than... well, don't worry about it, I just need to work on my mouse skills.
It has happened to others, too. I think we just need a bigger space between the two links.
i'm an oldtimer still adjusting to the new interface...
is there a way to page thru topic like before? ie, i start at the top and then just keep clicking thru all postings in all topics until i'm done?
Yes, Sarah, the "Read xx new postings..." link at the top left of the list of Topics will take you on a cruise through all Topics. To get from one to the next, click on "Read next Topic with new postings..." at the bottom of all Topic pages.
Is that what you meant?
Ben beat me to it, Sarah. It's the same method of navigating new posts as it used to be, just in a different place.
Ben, why are you Ashamed?
Doc Doug's question makes the definition of this thread pretty broad.
Just trying to help. Might even have a suggestion.
Sorry, that location line was entered in another topic, and I forgot to change it back.
Ashamed to still use Avid, perhaps?
thanks – i figured it out but shows just how rusty i've become. too long away!
you bet your sweet fancy arse you've been too long away, worthi. You owe us a week's worth of highlights in the bar.
For those of us who are vain, how we get around showing our age in the profile section? I tried to get rid of mine (or at least change it to a more desirable age), but it didn't give me any options (in fact the most recent birth date I could select was 1973), so I opted for being born in 1900 – which makes me 107.
Laura, if you check my profile, you'll see that I won't be born for 5 more years. January 1st, 2013 to be exact – I want to be the first child born after the end of the current Maya calendar. (I'm guessing they, whoever the great and wonderful "they" is, updated the pulldown menu in the edit profile section per your suggestion)
In reply to Boyd Mccollum's post on Tue 26 Feb 2008 :
I dunno – I've kind of gotten used to my senior age but being could also have benifits –- all those documentaries yet to be born...
That's weird – it only seems to allow for the year that was set originally plus the following five years.
I think we can officially confirm this as a bug. :-)
I've been informed that the server hosting The D-Word had a brief outage from 00:39 GMT today. I hope nobody was affected by this. Apologies if you were.
I'm looking into the birthdate bug...
And just to let everyone know, our host is going to move our server as a precaution against another outage. So the site will be down for about 5 to 10 minutes sometime between 05:00 and 0:700 GMT on Monday 3 March. Apologies again, but this should cause minimal disturbance and will insure further stability.
Those of you concerned about celebrating the wrong birthday can now adjust your profile and rest at ease. I fixed the bug and it will now let you choose any age between 12 and 100. If your age falls outside of those bounds, please let me know and I'll expand the options.
One hopes that someone makes it necessary to expand beyond 100. smile.
I have a request. It would be nice to be able to spell my last name correctly here on the mighty D. One is not allowed to have an apostrophe (and probably hyphen or any other common symbol used in names), and it's not permitted to have two capital letters in one word. I'm sure there are a few other D-Mc's, Mac's, or O'Whatevers who would also appreciate. I suppose I could simply sign each and every post, spelling it correctly. But the D-Cops wouldn't like that....
Very Truly Yours,
Lenville, this will be fixed with the next update of our software.
Okey doke... thanks!
Lenville, I just figured it was jealousy, that they didn't want us to have too much pride – kinda like "Hey Laddie, why should you get to have 2 capitals letters in your name?" But alas, it's only a software thing...
Well, I just put an apotostrophe into Lenville's name, and if you don't watch out, I'll make you a Mc'collum.
Wow, thanks, Ben! And it didn't hurt a bit...
or M'CCollum. Wow, that'd be 3 capital letters in my name. And an apostrophe. I feel like a Scots-Irish-Vulcan!
Well, apologies to Vulcan and everyone affected by this. I hate it when names are messed with. Peter will fix this ASAP.
No worries Ben (at least for me), considering how good this site is, this is the equivalent of fine tuning/polishing an edit. Now can you imagine what would happen if you made the name field editable like the location?
Btw, many thanks to you and Peter for the continued work that you put in on the site. Very much appreciated!
It's fixed now. I don't know how Ben snuck that apostrophe through four hours ago...
But this change leaves it in our own hands to judge how to capitalize our own names....
That's pretty cool. I already corrected Boyd's name. (As for the others, please do it yourselves! Just promise not to give us ALL CAPS, OK?)
Groovy, guys... thanks!
Can anyone recommend a fixer / production manager in Peshawar Pakistan.
Wrong topic, mate. Please post in Classifieds (Public or Members-only).
For some reason, I can't get the search function to work. This may have been dealt with somewhere, but... I can't get the search function to work. Any suggestions? (I have cookies enabled, btw).
What are you searching for? You need more than two characters in the search.
Well, I was looking for "Schoeps", "Inconvenient Truth", "pmw ex1", things like that.
The search function appears to work fine. What browser (version) and operating system (version) are you using?
I think I'm the only person on the planet that doesn't know how to use the hyperlink feature. Can someone 'splain how I can type a word and have it link to my trailer on youtbe.
I searched the pages and found nothing, so I swallowed my pride (not so hard once you get use to it) and am asking for help
mark, in order to link to a site you have to do the following:
(quotation mark)visit my site(quotation mark):www.yourlink.com
note: the part between the quotation marks can have spaces and be any length you choose
Thanks, Christopher. Don't tell anyone I asked.
Mark, just click the blue question mark icon on the top right of the text box you're writing in, and it'll give you the whole range of linking and formatting options.
It's amazing what you can do on the internets.
This morning I completed a move of our database. Apologies for the inconvenience caused. This change should improve stability of the website.
Thanks, Peter. I had never even noticed any instability... You do great work behind the scenes!
There, there. And even hear hear!
Yes, thanks, I noticed. Now about the speed....
I'll be making a few more performance updates over the next few weeks before building the new features as part of our "Milestone 2" update... Stay tuned...
I've just made another wee upgrade. I will make a major upgrade next week.
I will post info about planned downtime soon.
Thanks for your patience!
OK, I apologize for the long period of downtime today. We had a server emergency this morning which required me to move the entire site to a new server. This took longer than I expected, but it has great benefits. I ended up doing next week's major upgrade today!
The server software has been updated to the latest versions and we are using some new and efficient technologies that will speed things along on The D-Word. Enjoy!
Thanks Peter, and though I haven't conducted a poll, this probably mirrors the appreciation of the full stable...! (By the way, it does feel faster).
It does feel much, much faster now, doesn't it? (But maybe that's because those people who usually spend their whole day on The D-Word simply couldn't log on during the downtime.)
Go Speed Racer!
Already big improvement in velocity... thanks!
well done, peter. thanks for improvising on your feet.
Turns out it takes a bit longer for some people to get back on... This is because the new server for d-word.com needs to be propagated around the net first. No need to worry, and nothing has been lost! Good night...
I haven't been able to connect at all today..Still can't through my own access point.
I'm borrowing a neighbour's wifi in order to write this. Weird.
don't know if this relates to you, joe, but when i typed in "d-word.com", all i got was a page that said "It Works!" when i typed in "www.d-word.com", then i got in without any problem...
Hi, I have noticed that other people have more than one URL listed under website on their profile. I too have several URLs that I think would interest the community. How can I do this?
There's a field "Other website" when you're editing your profile.
Also, you can just put URLs into your bio.
I don't get that field – is it only for members? I'm planning to apply to be a member, but wanted to get my profile together first.
I don't actually know... but I can assure you that the number of websites won't determine eligibility for membership... :-)
Fair enough, thanks! I applied.