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Help, Suggestions, Future of The D-Word

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.

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Erica Ginsberg
Sun 30 Dec 2007Link

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)


Joe Moulins
Sun 30 Dec 2007Link

beep-beep.


Ben Kempas
Sun 30 Dec 2007Link

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.


Erica Ginsberg
Sun 30 Dec 2007Link

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.


Kurt Engfehr
Sun 30 Dec 2007Link

thing about the tags is that, we didn't tag shit a few years ago.


Peter Gerard
Mon 31 Dec 2007Link

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.


Jo-Anne Velin
Tue 1 Jan 2008Link

Peter, silent man behind the architecture, thank you again for devoting so much time to structuring this with the co-helmers. Happy New Year.


Erica Ginsberg
Thu 3 Jan 2008Link

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...


Chris Hinrichs
Sat 5 Jan 2008Link

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.


Doug Block
Sun 6 Jan 2008Link

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.


Robert Goodman
Tue 8 Jan 2008Link

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.


Le Sheng Liu
Mon 14 Jan 2008Link

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!


Robert Goodman
Tue 15 Jan 2008Link

if you fill out your profile we have access to your email address for private messages.


Robert Bahar
Sat 19 Jan 2008Link

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.

Edited Sat 19 Jan 2008 by Robert Bahar

Ben Kempas
Wed 23 Jan 2008Link

Thanks for your proposal, Robert.

Does anyone else see the need for this?


Matt Dubuque
Wed 23 Jan 2008Link

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!


Ben Kempas
Wed 23 Jan 2008Link

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?


Erica Ginsberg
Thu 24 Jan 2008Link

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.


Ben Kempas
Thu 24 Jan 2008Link

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.


David Herman
Mon 28 Jan 2008Link

excuse me. What happened to archives and file store – like releases etc?


Ben Kempas
Mon 28 Jan 2008Link

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.


Erica Ginsberg
Mon 28 Jan 2008Link

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.


Ben Kempas
Tue 29 Jan 2008Link

Exactly. :-)


Ryan Ferguson
Wed 30 Jan 2008Link

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.


Ben Kempas
Wed 30 Jan 2008Link

It has happened to others, too. I think we just need a bigger space between the two links.


Sarah George
Sun 3 Feb 2008Link

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
Sun 3 Feb 2008Link

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
Sun 3 Feb 2008Link

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
Sun 3 Feb 2008Link

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


Doug Block
Mon 4 Feb 2008Link

Just trying to help. Might even have a suggestion.


Ben Kempas
Mon 4 Feb 2008Link

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


John Burgan
Mon 4 Feb 2008Link

Ashamed to still use Avid, perhaps?


Sarah George
Mon 4 Feb 2008Link

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


David Herman
Mon 4 Feb 2008Link

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
Mon 25 Feb 2008Link

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
Tue 26 Feb 2008Link

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)


Laura Moire Paglin
Thu 28 Feb 2008Link

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...


Ben Kempas
Fri 29 Feb 2008Link

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
Fri 29 Feb 2008Link

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
Sat 1 Mar 2008Link

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
Sat 1 Mar 2008Link

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
Sun 2 Mar 2008Link

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


Lenville O'Donnell
Fri 21 Mar 2008Link

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
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

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


Lenville O'Donnell
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

Okey doke... thanks!


Boyd McCollum
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

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...

Edited Sat 22 Mar 2008 by Boyd McCollum

Ben Kempas
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

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


Lenville O'Donnell
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

Wow, thanks, Ben! And it didn't hurt a bit...


Boyd McCollum
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

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
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

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


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