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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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Doug Block
Sun 13 Jul 2008Link

Apologies to everyone for the site being down most of past 24 hours. Peter will hopefully have an explanation soon, and we'll do what we can to find a more stable web hosting situation.

Ochen Vincent
Sun 13 Jul 2008Link

Hi Doug,
This is Vincent Ochen, Hope all is well.
I have embarked on reserching on Vanishing African tribes, its the loss of culture which is a principle cause of this.
lets hope a commercial TV station can help put into reel.

Kind Regards,


Doug Block
Mon 14 Jul 2008Link

Fingers crosed, Vincent. But this is the Help topic. Anything you need help with?

Mark Barroso
Thu 24 Jul 2008Link

I tried to search d-word with "exclusive + contracts + subjects" and it did one that brought up any of the words instead of posts that contained all of the words. Is there another way to do this?

Erica Ginsberg
Fri 25 Jul 2008Link

Mark, you need to not have spaces between your plus signs. When I did that, however, it brought up no posts with all those words, so you may wish to try some other word combinations.

Peter Gerard
Sat 26 Jul 2008Link

The search algorithm uses a natural language search, so adding "+" won't do anything. You can search for a phrase by putting it in "quotes" or you can just search for a few words and it will do its best to find relevant results. They come in order of relevance so if there are any posts with all 3 words they should be nearer the top.

Jo-Anne Velin
Sat 26 Jul 2008Link

Peter, can you add these instructions to the formatting drop-down, please? Perhaps others, like me, will forget about using quotation marks when they need to connect the words. I had tried the + a few weeks ago too. .

Ben Kempas
Sat 26 Jul 2008Link

Not sure what "formatting drop-down" you're talking about, but we could add a few lines about searching in our Help section or directly on the Search page.

Nigel Walker
Sat 26 Jul 2008Link

She's referring to the small blue circle with the question mark inside at the top right hand side of the post window. You click it and a window titled 'formatting' drops down.

Ben Kempas
Sun 27 Jul 2008Link

Well, that's for formatting your posts. It would be the wrong place to put information on searching.

For the meantime, just remember that it's the same as with Google: phrases need quotation marks.

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