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.

Sarah George
Pro

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?

Ben Kempas
Pro

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?

Doug Block
Host

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?

David Herman
Pro

Doc Doug's question makes the definition of this thread pretty broad.

Doug Block
Host

Just trying to help. Might even have a suggestion.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Sorry, that location line was entered in another topic, and I forgot to change it back.

Sarah George
Pro

thanks – i figured it out but shows just how rusty i've become. too long away!

David Herman
Pro

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.

Laura Moire Paglin
Pro

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.

Boyd McCollum
Pro

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)

Ben Kempas
Pro

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. :-)

Ben Kempas
Pro

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.

Peter Gerard
Pro

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.

Peter Gerard
Pro

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.

Robert Goodman
Pro

One hopes that someone makes it necessary to expand beyond 100. smile.

Lenville O'Donnell
Pro

Fearless Leaders:
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 O'Donnell

Ben Kempas
Pro

Lenville, this will be fixed with the next update of our software.

Boyd McCollum
Pro

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...

Ben Kempas
Pro

Well, I just put an apotostrophe into Lenville's name, and if you don't watch out, I'll make you a Mc'collum.

Boyd McCollum
Pro

or M'CCollum. Wow, that'd be 3 capital letters in my name. And an apostrophe. I feel like a Scots-Irish-Vulcan!

Ben Kempas
Pro

Well, apologies to Vulcan and everyone affected by this. I hate it when names are messed with. Peter will fix this ASAP.

Boyd McCollum
Pro

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!

Peter Gerard
Pro

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....

Ben Kempas
Pro

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?)

Bill Kerrigan
Pro

Can anyone recommend a fixer / production manager in Peshawar Pakistan.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Wrong topic, mate. Please post in Classifieds (Public or Members-only).

Rob Appleby
Fan

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).

Peter Gerard
Pro

What are you searching for? You need more than two characters in the search.

Rob Appleby
Fan

Well, I was looking for "Schoeps", "Inconvenient Truth", "pmw ex1", things like that.

Ben Kempas
Pro

The search function appears to work fine. What browser (version) and operating system (version) are you using?

Mark Barroso
Pro

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

Christopher Wong
Pro

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

Ben Kempas
Pro

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.

Peter Gerard
Pro

This morning I completed a move of our database. Apologies for the inconvenience caused. This change should improve stability of the website.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Thanks, Peter. I had never even noticed any instability... You do great work behind the scenes!

Peter Gerard
Pro

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...

Peter Gerard
Pro

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!

Peter Gerard
Pro

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!

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

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).

Ben Kempas
Pro

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.)

Doug Block
Host

well done, peter. thanks for improvising on your feet.

Ben Kempas
Pro

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...

Joe Moulins
Pro

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.

Christopher Wong
Pro

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...

Jason Osder
Pro

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?

Ben Kempas
Pro

There's a field "Other website" when you're editing your profile.

Also, you can just put URLs into your bio.

Jason Osder
Pro

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.

Ben Kempas
Pro

I don't actually know... but I can assure you that the number of websites won't determine eligibility for membership... :-)

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

In reply to Christopher Wong's post on Tue 13 May 2008 :

Yeah, I had the same experience as you, with the "It Works!" page. Likewise, I eventually typed in the complete URL and got in. Just out of curiosity, what was that page anyway?

I'm still getting occasional "bad response from server" messages and the pages are often very slow to load. Will look into Opendns.com...

Doug Block
Host

Appears that problem is fixed, Mikal. I had it, too. Peter will come on sometime soon and explain. Anyway, the pages should load now with lightening speed.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

minor loading issues here this morning – just letting you know. Some threads worked well and some not at all.. All fine this evening.

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

Doug, you know, the funny thing is that just after I made that last post, I couldn't get in at all. I had wanted to add a thank you note to Peter and the hosts for keeping this great site together. So, there, thanks!

P.S., seems to be working fine for me now. Yes, "It Works!" indeed.

Peter Gerard
Pro

All should be ironed out now. Technical details hidden below:

The "It Works!" message was related to DNS, as that's the default page on an Apache web server so if your DNS wasn't updating it was sending you to the wrong place temporarily.
Then there were some unexpected errors due to some testing that I didn't know was going on and that broke the topics list. I fixed that. Then I adjusted the memory-balancing to better handle our load.
If you were on the site at the same time as I was making small changes it could have given you occasional "bad response" errors. But now all seems fine.

I get an email every time something goes wrong. On the old server I'd get them daily (primarily due to Google-bot-spiders doing tons of simultaneous searches and eating all our memory). Now that everything is smooth on the new server I don't get any. Still, I will shortly block the Google-bots out of certain areas just to be sure all our resources are dedicated to people rather than spiders...

Paul Kloeden
Pro

I won't pretend to understand all that technical stuff just extend my thanks to someone who obviously does. Thanks Peter.

Doug Block
Host

Yep, we're just creepin' and crawlin' with spiders and bots here.

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

One of which seems to have built a web in the little bit of code that resets the already-read topic lists when I click on Topics. Was that clear? Here: I read the new posts in a topic, click Topics, but when the Topics page comes up, the topic I just looked at still has the circle with the number of unread posts in it. Just so you know...

Ben Kempas
Pro

I found out that the Skype extension for Firefox (at least on Win XP) plays havoc with a number of websites, including The D-Word. For example, I couldn't open image attachments. Disabling the extension fixed my problems.

Lenville O'Donnell
Pro

Anyone know where, in Seattle, on a Saturday afternoon (for an out of town Monday a.m. shoot, so we need by Sunday), one can get an XD Cam disk? have tried all the usual suspects (companies) to no avail. Thanks...

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