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.

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...

    Margot Roth
    Pro

    So, this is a question re: public/private topics. This topic is public, right... but if there's a link in here to another thread that's in the private area, what happens when non-members click on that link?

    Christopher Pavsek
    Pro

    is there only a "Public" "introduce yourself" topic. Perhaps a private one would be good?

    Ben Kempas
    Pro

    Chris - Two "Introduce Yourself" topics would be too confusing for everyone. That's what we agreed on back in March when we discussed the specs with the community. And I think it works really well the way it is now.

    Ben Kempas
    Pro

    Having said this, we didn't just merge the Intro topics of the previous Forum and Community conferences and made it public. We've always said that everything that was originally posted in a private topic will stay private. So if you need to access the old "private" Intros, they are here: OLD D-Word Community: Introduce (members-only link)

    Doug Block
    Host

    peter and ben thought of evvvvvverythinggggg...

    Ben Kempas
    Pro

    Are you all aware of the My Topics options? You can totally customise your D-Word experience now by having an individual selection of topics and receiving email disgests (which still look a bit rough right now but we'll improve that).

    Danielle Beverly
    Pro

    Awesome that links automatically get created, without having to do this anymore: <link>. Well done!

    Ben Kempas
    Pro

    The <> was only to prevent long links from breaking when being wrapped.

    I think you should upload a photo of the Westy as your profile pic, Danielle.

    Danielle Beverly
    Pro

    You think so? Kind of small. But it is the only photo I have that is recent. Truthfully I'm not ready to put up a photo. Maybe later this week though...

    Christopher Pavsek
    Pro

    Suggestion: on each particular topic page (like here, in Help) a little pop-up menu that lets gives you a list of all topics so you can jump directly to another one without going back to the Topics List Page.

    I would also suggest, though I know it's been discussed, that a private intro topic would be nice nonetheless...i don't want to read every into from the enthusiasts and i imagine not everyone wants to introduce themselves to the enthusiasts; i don't know. i don't think it'd be confusing--it could appear in the social topics for the private one and in the public space for the public one.....

    But frankly, as it all is now, this is very cool and i'd be happy with it with no changes at all..............

    Doug Block
    Host

    Peter, Ben, don't see anything in the Help section about doing html within a post. So, how does one do things like bold and italicize within the posts here?

    John Burgan
    Host

    Click the blue question mark immediately to the right of your location >>>

    Marj Safinia
    Host

    I'm shocked, Doug. Have you not been paying attention at all? ;P

    Doug Block
    Host

    well i'll be durned. we were so focused on getting the Help section done that i didn't even see this.

    Basil Shadid
    Pro

    I've got a question. I tried posting a link earlier that has underscores in it. The new D-Word reformatted the link. It took the underscores out and made one of the last two words italic.

    Here's the link:
    http://www.jeroenwijering.com/?item=FlashvideoPlayer

    How would I post the full link without the formatting engine touching it?

    Peter Gerard
    Pro

    Sorry Basil, This is a "known issue" that I'm going to fix as soon as I have a chance...

    Rhonda Moskowitz
    Pro

    Wow! The changes are amazing! A huge thanks to Peter, John, Ben, Doug and anyone else who has made these terrific improvements! I'm still getting used to it, but it's so much better now. You've taken this already great site to a new level. Your efforts are very much appreciated! Peter, it looks like you've done the lions share, correct?

    Christopher Pavsek
    Pro

    in response to ben's post of david's subaquatic snoring---how big an attachment is too big nowadays?

    Ben Kempas
    Pro

    We'll cut you off at 50 MB (subject to change).

    Peter Gerard
    Pro

    Chris, what browser and OS are you using when the Preview "wipes" the attachment?

    And by the way, I fixed the bug Kurt was having in the Photo Album. You can now have commas and exclamation points and whatever else you want in file names...

    Erica Ginsberg
    Host

    Is it possible to take out (or fix) the crossout command with the hyphens. I have found myself having to redo posts (and have noticed it in others' posts) because we are accustomed to using hyphens in our normal writing. Probably it is more useful for us to be able to use hyphens than to cross words out. Or is there another command that could be used for crossouts that doesn't match a normally grammatical markings?

    Ben Kempas
    Pro

    Others advocated to keep the function. I wouldn't mind taking it out.

    Christopher Pavsek
    Pro

    peter--i was using safari (2.0.4) and osx 10.4.10.

    i'll try it with firefox and let you know what happens....

    Christopher Pavsek
    Pro

    but where did the post go that i mad ewith firefox? how weird? does anyone see it?

    i said in it: bulghur wheat makes me -fart- and there was a picture of the cabinet of dr. caligari....it's gone!

    Christopher Pavsek
    Pro

    oh, i found it. it's int he play topic. oops. apologies for all the stupid posts. i had a long day and drank too much wine thereafter.

    Niam Itani
    Host

    This is double posted please delete the one in Play...

    Peter there is something I am going to try to explain:

    I click on read topics with new listings. So they start opening one topic after the other. I pass by Finding Funding and it is very long so I TAG the post where I want to keep it for later to read and move on. It goes to another topic, then it comes back to Finding Funding. I tag again and read another then it goes back.

    In the old d-word when I used to click on read all with new postings it browsed all topics without repetition.

    Hope you get the idea :S

    Jo-Anne Velin
    Pro

    Hi Peter, I would like to ask that the time alloted to erase a post be extended. I posted something with an error in it, a silly one but it mattered, and the time it took me to double check and repost was not long. Still, I could not dump the old longer post and repost with the correction. merci.

    Jo-Anne Velin
    Pro

    I checked: the posts were three minutes apart, in Bar and Grill. I type and send (too) quickly, ya ya, but still. Here, however, in Help, I notice the erasure icon is still active in the post above this one. methought one had about 15 mintues' grace.

    Peter Gerard
    Pro

    Jo-Anne, you get 15 minutes grace only for the last post you submit.

    Niam, I'm already aware of this and it's on my list.

    Jo-Anne Velin
    Pro

    Hi Peter, right but even that didn't happen, in the bar and grill. i left the subject, returned a few minutes later and couldn't eliminate the immediately previous post.

    Peter Gerard
    Pro

    Did you close your browser in between or logout? Or had someone posted after you?

    Jo-Anne Velin
    Pro

    No, no one posted after, but it is possible I closed the browser - it's busy here. Is there a work around? If not, oh well.

    Jo-Anne Velin
    Pro

    Okay - i see now what you meant by last posting. I was switching between topics. So when I went to my last posting in topic A, after posting in B, it was locked in. Different understanding of last posting resolved. But then I ask if it is possible to stretch this when you are fine-tuning, please.

    Marj Safinia
    Host

    I've found myself (on a number of occasions) writing a post, then accidentally clicking Preview instead of Post without realizing it. When the preview loads, I assume I've actually posted and leave the topic, only to find out later that my post isn't there at all. Is it only me who has done this? If so, then I'll just have to pay closer attention when I'm in a hurry, but otherwise perhaps we could separate those buttons out so Post is in the bottom right hand corner and preview is pushed left...

    Joe Moulins
    Pro

    I accidentally hit "reset counter to zero". Is there a way to set the "read postings since __" like on the old d-word?

    Remember the old d-word forum? I wonder it's doing these days?

    Ben Kempas
    Pro

    It's a clever feature but I think Joe was the only one using it...

    After all, if you try to make an easier interface, you need to lose some clutter. We never intended to make another Motet.

    As for Marj's concern, we could also have a red frame around previews, maybe?

    Catherine Mattingly
    Pro

    Request/idea/suggestion for the FABULOUS New d-word:

    Very often, I want to send myself someone's post. Obviously, I can cut and paste the content into another document, but it would be cool to be able to hit "email to a friend" (or if that's not ok, because of members-only, "email to my email of record). Anyone else?

    Marj Safinia
    Host

    that would be sweet, although tagging would fulfill the same "come back to it over and over again" function

    Marj Safinia
    Host

    Ben/Peter, perhaps even just switching the positioning of preview and post. My mouse naturally makes for the preview button because it's closest.

    Peter Gerard
    Pro

    My suggestion is: slow down and read the big, bold message that says:

    This is a PREVIEW. It has not yet been published.

    Kurt Engfehr
    Pro

    so...i made a big post in another topic. upon re-reading it (i had posted, not previewed it) i wanted to tweak a couple of things, so i went into the edit mode. i did my tweaking, then hit save, but only HALF the post appeared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    luckily, i had copied my text (i've lost too many long posts not to) and was able to paste it and then do my tweaks, but that is a disturbing occurance.

    Joe Moulins
    Pro

    especially disturbing with all those exclamation marks!!

    Peter Gerard
    Pro

    did you see the entire post when you were editing? or did it only disappear after you re-submitted the post?

    David Herman
    Pro

    PeteRRR sounds more like my GP every post. Does it only hurt when you breathe?

    Kurt Engfehr
    Pro

    Peter, I'm not sure if the whole message was there. i only tweaked a few things in the first half, didn't check the whole thing. the edit window, by the way, is disturbingly small.

    Tony Comstock
    Fan

    Not sure that it matters much, but it looks like maybe posting order gets mixed up if one person is posting while another person is editing an adjacent post. Like I said, not really a big deal, but maybe a clue in sorting out any other unexpected behavior.

    Peter Gerard
    Pro

    I suppose it wouldn't take much to make the edit window bigger... But I think I know what caused the problem and will fix it in the next milestone.

    Ben Kempas
    Pro

    The problems are the underscores. Please wait for the fix. In the meantime, there's utilities on the net that let you zip long URLs into new short ones.

    Kurt Engfehr
    Pro

    way to go, Pete! (in the distance, the roar of the crowd chanting in unison is heard: We love Pete, we love Pete)

    Nick Higgins
    Pro

    A virtual pint of special on me for you Pete.

    I could do with a pint of special myself. Can you add one as an attachment please.

    Peter Gerard
    Pro

    Also, people with hyphenated names will get correct capitalisation the next time you update your profile!

    Doug Block
    Host

    But how do you keep a long url inside the text box, Peter?

    David Herman
    Pro

    Not wishing to take this to the bar where this is still ongoing, I wonder why when I am not logged in to d-word, and my share this publically box is unticked, I google David Herman d-word and come up with my whole profile warts and all?

    Christopher Pavsek
    Pro

    until a fix for long url's is here, you can go to tinyurl.com and make them little....

    David Herman
    Pro

    what the f is fully logged out? do I have to smoke something?

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