In reply to Doug Block's post on Sat 24 Jan 2009 :
Thanks a bunch Doug, I hope I didn't offend the D word...I'm still new and not used to these postings. I apologize for the irrational decisions.
No offense and no worries. It's certainly not the first time this has happened.
It's true, Michael.
Why, I posted a copy of your film treatment just last week and had to ask Doug to take it down.
In reply to James Longley's post on Sun 25 Jan 2009 :
Haha I'm glad we're all aware of what we post whether it be our work or not.
Does the D-Word have one of those mini-apps that lets you size and crop the photo that gets used as your thumbnail? I thought I did this before, but went to do it on a new photo and could not find it.
I would also like to be able to do that. This thumbnail photo doesn't show my halo.
Dumb question about the Reelisor topic. I notice that Ben and Doug are posting in it, but posting privileges don't seem to be extended to the rest of us. Or maybe you have to be a Reelisor member? It's not clear. Not that I have anything really to contribute to the topic. Just seems like it would be more used by D-Worders if we could actually post there since it appears no Reelisor members (other than the organizer) seem to be posting there. Maybe it's just been a soft rollout. Anyway, just wondering...
Strange. It was set to allow postings from 19 January. I deleted that setting. Can you see a text box now?
Yes, thanks. Still have nothing much to say, but the issue is fixed.
Well, what would you want to know about documentary series? Tell us in the reelisor topic...
I'm not getting the window to post a question to Fernanda. It's like it's a read-only forum.
Thanks for pointing this out. It should be working now. Please let us know if it's not...
Great, now post away, Mark.
What do D-Worders and hosts think about starting a "Social Media" separate topic thread to cover issues using Facebook, Twitter,etc. & whatever new forms will arise? Social media may span different topics (marketing, distribution, fundraising, etc.), but I know some D-Worders are starting to use social media with varying results.
Hmmm, interesting idea, Rhonda...
We could give it a try.
I'm up for it...
Let the tweeting begin.
plus, anything that takes your mind of your healing-arm pain gets my support...
OK, Rhonda, we're giving it a try. Here's the new Social Media Topic for Members of The D-Word.
We are but your humble servants.
Sean Flynn should post about his use of Twitter. He has some good tips.
Yes, and there now is a topic for this, Rhonda: Social Networking !
Yup, calling all twits...
I'm having an iPhone glitch when trying to post on D-word. If I hit the back/delete button, it erases either the whole word, the whole sentence or the whole post. It only happens (so far) on D-word. Any suggestions?
Same thing here...
Is this a recent thing or has it been like this all along? Can other iPhone users confirm?
(Note to self: Start a separate fund-raising drive for a mobile version.)
suggest you join the rest of us plebs sitting calmly behind their computers interacting on the d-word.
Well, The D-Word was never designed for mobile phones. But it runs fine on mine (Nokia E90). However, we could do a poll and see how many people want a streamlined version with less data load for their phones.
The data load is fine. Actually, D-word is one of the faster loads at home on my slow connection. It's just the typing deal that is the problem.
I used to have that problem, but I'm not aware of it any more. Have you done a iPhone software update Mikal? That might help.
Huh, no, but I've only had it a couple months and they updated it when I bought it. I think the new software is available. I'll check on that...
Latest iPhone upgrade seems to have fixed it.
Just wondering if the category "Video Essay" has any traction? Not 'documentary' in the purist sense. I'd call the docu-drama sections of the video I'm working on "documentation of the future".
This topic is for questions about The D-Word, David- but FWIW, "Video Essay" is fine – although it might not ring everyone's bell.
Hi, John, Hope to see you at Folklife Festival. I'll be there mid-day Saturday. Will you?
I thought this section was also for 'ideas for future D-Word ... projects' ... such as attention to video essays. Where, then, would that suggestion best be made?
Actually, the topics suggested by John are only accessible to Members of The D-Word, not to Enthusiasts. But there's always the Mentoring Room for these kinds of questions.
Hello. I am new to D-word and have just been employed by National Geographic in Washington as a Producer/Director. I have been asked to produce an insurance certificate for general liability and wonder if anyone has a broker I can contact or an insurance company who works with documentary filmmakers and can provide this kind of insurance. I live in New York and commute to D.C. thanks.
Celia, I highly recommend Charles Whelan Insurance Agency. Chuck works out of Washington State but handles my liability insurance. He's great to work with and gets good rates. Can't hurt to say I referred you:
Just to remind people again, this Help topic is about The D-Word platform, not about help with documentary questions... :-)
Here's a little bug, Peter, in case you don't already know about it. Underscores at each end of the word italicize the word, but it doesn't work to try to italicize part of a word. E.g. to highlight a difference in emphasis such as "_re_volution vs. evolution." It renders with the underscores instead of "re" being italicized.
I suppose that is by design... The underscores to italics feature is part of an open-source text-processing plug-in we are using, and the rules are designed to work in most cases while ideally not breaking special formatting (such as urls). If we made it always italicise characters between 2 underscores, we could make some mistakes, which is why the feature is designed to only italicise if there are spaces around the underscores. If you've followed discussion here about the strikethrough feature you'll see why it could cause problems to allow formatting of partial-words.
I'm working on an outdoor sport documentary series, my second series actually. Both have been for non-profit organizations, so often no permit is required by the US Forest Service, US Parks, BLM, Etc. However, some representatives will flat out refuse to give a permit- say for following 1 person through a wilderness area with a small camera and tripod and two crew members. I have three frustrations with the process- 1. Responses are inconsistent- sometimes yes, sometimes no. 2. There are no rules that apply to non-profit- they only talk about commercials where there are paid talent or products being sold, and 3. Isn't that a violation of free speech to say you can't document someone's experience?
Is there a way to sort the members list by location? I'd like to see who else (if anyone else...) is living in Santa Fe.
Go to the People Page and click on "Advanced Search" Seem to be 6 of you living in Santa Fe.
Wish I were.
come visit, Doug.
okay, so I couldn't figure it out. Once I've clicked on "People", I have only "search". If I click the upper 'search' button without entering any info, I get 'advanced search' option, but then I'm not on the 'people' page, but have a list of topics to choose from. Both searches I've done from here ('tags and content' or just 'tags') don't get me the list...do I have to be a full member perhaps?
This may be slightly off topic – but I tried to join the D-Word "network" on Facebook. It asked for a valid email address, which I supplied. But nothing worked.
The Network is only for people running The D-Word who have a d-word.com email address. You could join The D-Word Group .
By the way, I made sort of a surprise visit to Peter yesterday and checked on his progress with the next milestone of The D-Word software. Everything is on track, film profiles and embedded video look great, and most new features will be ready for our 10th anniversary.
In reply to Molly McKinley's post on Fri 21 Aug 2009 :
Advanced Search is a feature for full members.
Dear Sirs – Can you tell me where I would post incriminating photos from Indie Film Week? Thank you.
The Photo Album?
Or in the fifth trashcan in the alley behind the boarded up store between the two Chinese herb shops around the corner. Please deposit the photos in a fastened purple envelope which should say "Mr. Jones' x-rays" in Sanskrit on the cover.
Will do. Thank you.
Can I remove or edit a post of mine? I thought I saw someone do this once but looked through the help topics and can't find my way...
Just be sure to tell everyone which one it was so that we can read it first before they remove it. :)
Sorry Gregory. You can't edit or remove after 15 minutes or if someone has posted after you.
That'll teach me.
That's the idea :)
How do you paste a vimeo movie directly into a post. It's not clear from any of the instructions.
Nigel, it seems like some topics have the Attach Video boxes at the bottom and others don't. Not totally sure why, myself. Peter Gerard, are you out there?
Thanks Doug, thought I was losing it there.
Also just noticed that topics that don't have Embed Video capabilities do when you go into Edit This Post mode. What's up with that, Peter?
Doug, in an attempt to prevent an inflationary "myspacing" of our beautiful D-Word, we haven't switched on the Embed Video feature for all topics (as you should know). Email me if you can't find the switch.
For the time being, Video Embeds are switched on in those topics where they make the most sense. But we're open to reasonable requests. :-)
Cameras maybe, for test footage.
Good point, Nigel. I switched on video embeds in Cameras.
in response to a personal request from Boston-Red-Sox-lover Aron Gaudet, i've decided to change my profile picture back to my own ugly mug. so i went to my profile page, clicked on "Pictures", and made something else my primary photo. however, the photo has not changed at all for my postings. does it take a day or so to kick in? or is this a bug?
I am seeing your ugly mug. :-) Maybe the old photo is stuck in your browser's cache or something?
I am seeing it too now, but when you posted the original question (20 hours ago according to the tag) it was indeed stuck on your team shot.
guess there must be a delay when updating profile pic...
Funny, I just came in to ask the same question. Can't seem to change my profile picture here even though I changed it to "Make Primary." Even tried logging out and back in again. No different. I'll sleep on it and see if I am different tomorrow.
what a difference a day makes
Same problem here? I made the new pic primary, but no change. When I logged out and back in, still no change.
Maybe the d-word topic cops are investigating allegations of copyright infringements with profile pics?
Fair use, officer, fair use!
oh no, mine is now fixed!
Faster, faster, I need to get to a meeting.
Like I said before, this is because your old picture was still in your browser's cache. Try reloading the page or emptying the cache. It's all fine.
Sorry that last line was a caption for my new profile pic, not a reference to my problem with the profile pic, which is indeed cured.
16 marks to Ben – clearing the cache cures the pic profile blues
D-Word use to work on my Blackberry, but now i cant seem to log in, anyone else having this problem?
In reply to Ron Osgood's post on Mon 23 Nov 2009 :
Only works for those with the premium d-word membership.
Ron, you can easily edit your profile. Just take out your birthdate under Bio.
I removed the date of birth for you, Ron. And just for the record, David was joking.
Andrew, does the problem persist? If so, can you give us more specifics? Anybody else with a Blackberry out there?
how about switching embed video in the P.I.S.S topic...
You'll need to ask someone who accesses that topic... :-)
great... that means i'll probably have to wait until baseball season!
How do you upload new profile photos? There doesn't seem to be an option to do that. Is there a maximum number I don't know about.
Upload here and click "Make primary".
Ben, you must see something as administrator that I don't. That page takes me to my current photos and I can make any of them primary, but I don't see a button to upload a new photo.
?!? Have you scrolled down?
Is anybody else encoutnering this?
Nothing apparent when I scroll down. I'm going to e-mail you a screenshot.
The maximum number of profile pictures is 6. This limit was added a few months ago, so you may have more than the maximum if you added them before the limit was introduced. You'll need to delete all but 5 of your photos before you can upload again.
Aha, that must be it.
Mr Gerard, glad to see you alive and well. Waiting dearly to see a pic or two of the d-word crowd waiting for the free ride in Amsterdam etc.