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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,

Vincent


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.


Jo-Anne Velin
Sun 27 Jul 2008Link

That's what I meant Nigel – or as you suggested Ben, a note in the advanced search spot at the top of the page.


Alysa Nahmias
Fri 3 Oct 2008Link

I'm not sure which topic to use to post this info:

I have received an email from colleagues in Cuba about a fabulous small, independent festival there called the FESTIVAL DE CINE POBRE. The festival is held annually in the town of Gibara, in Oriente... and that town was absolutely destroyed by hurricane IKE. The festival organizers have sent an international call for assistance of any kind, addressed specifically to the international filmmaking community. I want to post this info somewhere on D-word so that perhaps we can brainstorm about fundraising to help out this festival, the filmmakers who run it, and the people of Gibara.

Please let me know if this is appropriate for D-Word, and if so, where to post it. Thanks!


Doug Block
Fri 3 Oct 2008Link

Hmm, I guess the Festivals topic would be best, Alysa.


Alysa Nahmias
Fri 3 Oct 2008Link

thanks, Doug!


Julianna Brannum
Tue 28 Oct 2008Link

Has anyone ever delivered to A&E? If so, can you email me at jbrannum@gmail.com, please? Thank you!!!


Ben Kempas
Thu 6 Nov 2008Link

That's really a question for the Production or Marketing and Distribution topics. This topic here is for Help with using The D-Word.


Suzanne Cohen
Sun 16 Nov 2008Link

Hi,
I have just finished an MA course in documentary film making. I made my dissertation film in a prison in the UK. The prison director has praised the film but has said that she does not want the film to be show publicly.
What I would like to know is – can women in prison give consent if they sign release forms. Some of the women were mentally ill – does this mean the prison would have to sign the release form as their legal guardian.

I would appreciate any advice on this issue,
Suzanne


Ben Kempas
Sun 16 Nov 2008Link

That's a question for the Mentoring Room . As I said just before, this topic is for help using The D-Word's software.


Le Sheng Liu
Sun 16 Nov 2008Link

Is there any way I can retrieve a copy of my Submission to Become a D-Word Member? I haven't received a response yet, but either way, I just wanna keep it for my records. Is that possible?


Ben Kempas
Sun 16 Nov 2008Link

You can access the information in your profile.
John has just responded and made you a member.


Le Sheng Liu
Sun 16 Nov 2008Link

I'm so honored!! :)


Mark Barroso
Wed 26 Nov 2008Link

If I hit preview for a post I've written it never loads.


Ben Kempas
Wed 26 Nov 2008Link

What's your browser, operating system, versions, contents of posting?


Doug Block
Wed 26 Nov 2008Link

Yeah, maybe it just doesn't like what you're saying.


Le Sheng Liu
Thu 27 Nov 2008Link

Haha good one, Doug!


Mark Barroso
Wed 3 Dec 2008Link

I'm still having the problem with the preview function. I'm using Firefox 2.0.0.18 on Windows XP and it happens regardless of topic, length or content – flattery, sarcasm, dumb puns, even buying drinks. I see the loading wheel spinning, but it never actually loads. If I stop it, I lose everything I've written.

Maybe it thinks I'm so brilliant I should post directly without second thought, but I doubt it.

Edited Wed 3 Dec 2008 by Mark Barroso

Ben Kempas
Wed 3 Dec 2008Link

I'm on Firefox 3.0.4 on XP and can't reproduce your problem. I'll notify Peter. In the meantime, consider updating your browser...?


Peter Gerard
Wed 3 Dec 2008Link

I agree, the best thing would be to move up to Firefox 3. I recently trouble-shooted several friends' PCs and they were using Firefox 2 and Win XP and could no longer access some websites. This appeared to be after a recent upgrade in Firefox, which judging by the release dates was 2.0.0.18. Upgrading to the current version of Firefox 3 fixed the problems.


Mark Barroso
Wed 3 Dec 2008Link

Interesting. I just clicked on "check for updates" and it said there were none available. Maybe they're just not available to ME. I'll go to the website. Thanks for the tip.


Mark Barroso
Wed 3 Dec 2008Link

This is a test of the Firefox 3.0. Damn, it worked! You guys are gods. I wonder why 2.0 never told me there was a 3.0 update. Perhaps that's why there is a 3.0. Thanks everyone.


Peter Gerard
Wed 3 Dec 2008Link

For some reason Firefox 2.0 just checks for updates along the 2.0 line and it probably updated itself 2.0.0.18 which is what I'm guessing caused your problems... It is strange that they wouldn't automatically encourage people to upgrade to 3.0...


Andy Schocken
Wed 10 Dec 2008Link

It's annoying to have to type in my full login every time i check out the site. I don't know too much about cookies and all that, but Safari remembers my login info for most sites- any way I can do that with d-word?


Marj Safinia
Wed 10 Dec 2008Link

Yes, especially for those of us who are iPhone users too. I like to look at D-Word on my phone when I'm waiting somewhere, or have time to kill out and about, and it's a real drag from that perspective. Fancy designing a D-Word iPhone app, Peter? :)


Ari Mark
Wed 10 Dec 2008Link

Where can I post a production question?


Christopher Wong
Wed 10 Dec 2008Link

a few things mark...

1) you should ask production questions here: Mentoring Room
2) the "Help" section is only for technical issues with this site
3) you should sign up with your full name (not just "Mark A")

good luck with your postings!


Ben Kempas
Wed 10 Dec 2008Link

Any browser should be fine remembering the D-Word login when asked to do so. It works fine for me.


Liz Witham
Wed 10 Dec 2008Link

You can tell FireFox to remember your login and it will auto-fill.


Andy Schocken
Thu 11 Dec 2008Link

Ok- got it. If anyone's wondering, go to safari prefs > autofill, make sure "user names and passwords" is checked. Then, when you login, it will ask if you want your information stored.


Peter Gerard
Fri 12 Dec 2008Link

In reply to Marj Safinia's post on Wed 10 Dec 2008 :

If you want to buy me an iPhone I'll make an iPhone version!


James Longley
Sat 13 Dec 2008Link

I also liked checking D-word on my iPhone, back when I was living in an iPhone-data-compatible country.

Actually the big problem with D-word on iPhone is that it tends to hang and crash the iPhone browser. I've noticed that certain sites do this on the iPhone, and certain sites work fine and never crash. Of course, there have been some iPhone software updates since I last checked this.


Marj Safinia
Sat 13 Dec 2008Link

still happens. And I often end up accidentally striking the "hide this topic from now" link instead of the "back to topics list" link. And I hate that everytime it crashes I have to type in my login again.

Facebook's got a pretty decent iPhone app. Different from the site, but pretty solid on the phone. Makes me jones for a D-word version too.


James Longley
Sat 13 Dec 2008Link

Well. Maybe we iPhone / D-word people should all pitch in for a phone for Peter.


Peter Gerard
Sat 13 Dec 2008Link

We had discussed a mobile version before but were not sure there was a big demand. Maybe the iPhone is changing that.

Not that I can test it (yet...), but what actions make it crash on the iPhone?


James Longley
Sat 13 Dec 2008Link

Nothing in particular. If you just go to the D-word site and do nothing it has a tendency to crash. Sometimes even before you get a chance to log in. Sometimes it crashes sooner, sometimes later, but it always crashes if you stay on the site for more than a few minutes.

I assume there have to be some coded operations taking place in the background of the site that cause this, because it can happen while the site is just sitting there, without any user action. Sometimes it becomes VERY slow on basic operations like text entry and then crashes.

Maybe borrow somebody's iPhone and take a look?


Peter Gerard
Sat 13 Dec 2008Link

I'll do that later this week and see if I can figure out what's going on.


Rebecca Alvin
Thu 1 Jan 2009Link

This is not a big deal, but my profile says I joined in 2005, when actually I joined back in 2001. Is there any way to fix that? (Just in case some day there is a special 10-year anniversary party or something)
thanks.


Ben Kempas
Thu 1 Jan 2009Link

Maybe 2005 was when you first posted on the New Café? You are listed as 2005 there.

Why does it matter anyway? Any member can come to an anniversary party.

Edited Thu 1 Jan 2009 by Ben Kempas

Rebecca Alvin
Wed 7 Jan 2009Link

Thanks, Ben. That's probably it.

It doesn't matter – just had too much time on my hands that day, I guess ;-}


Andrew Buchanan
Fri 9 Jan 2009Link

Doug, Ben

Which of the various topics would be best to post in about 'green' filmmaking? Or might it make sense to have a separate topic? [Perhaps it's there already, but I haven;t found it yet....]


Doug Block
Fri 9 Jan 2009Link

That's a really good question, Andrew. You might want to start out talking about it in the Bar and see if there's enough interest to open a seperate topic.


Mike Shum
Sat 24 Jan 2009Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Fri 9 Jan 2009 :

Doug, I posted my film treatment under works in progress. But now that I think about it. I don't really want it posted for everyone to see and take. Just at such an early stage I now realize it's a bit foolish to throw an idea like that out there. Can you remove the posting?


Doug Block
Sat 24 Jan 2009Link

Done, Michael.


Mike Shum
Sat 24 Jan 2009Link

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.


Doug Block
Sat 24 Jan 2009Link

No offense and no worries. It's certainly not the first time this has happened.


James Longley
Sun 25 Jan 2009Link

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.


Mike Shum
Mon 26 Jan 2009Link

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.


Jason Osder
Sat 21 Feb 2009Link

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.


James Longley
Sat 21 Feb 2009Link

I would also like to be able to do that. This thumbnail photo doesn't show my halo.


Erica Ginsberg
Tue 3 Mar 2009Link

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...


Ben Kempas
Wed 4 Mar 2009Link

Strange. It was set to allow postings from 19 January. I deleted that setting. Can you see a text box now?


Erica Ginsberg
Wed 4 Mar 2009Link

Yes, thanks. Still have nothing much to say, but the issue is fixed.


Ben Kempas
Wed 4 Mar 2009Link

Well, what would you want to know about documentary series? Tell us in the reelisor topic...


Mark Barroso
Mon 18 May 2009Link

I'm not getting the window to post a question to Fernanda. It's like it's a read-only forum.


Ben Kempas
Mon 18 May 2009Link

Thanks for pointing this out. It should be working now. Please let us know if it's not...


Mark Barroso
Mon 18 May 2009Link

working now


Doug Block
Mon 18 May 2009Link

Great, now post away, Mark.


Rhonda Moskowitz
Wed 27 May 2009Link

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.

Edited Wed 27 May 2009 by Rhonda Moskowitz

Doug Block
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Hmmm, interesting idea, Rhonda...


Ben Kempas
Wed 27 May 2009Link

We could give it a try.


Marj Safinia
Wed 27 May 2009Link

I'm up for it...


John Burgan
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Let the tweeting begin.


Jo-Anne Velin
Thu 28 May 2009Link

plus, anything that takes your mind of your healing-arm pain gets my support...


Ben Kempas
Sat 30 May 2009Link

OK, Rhonda, we're giving it a try. Here's the new Social Media Topic for Members of The D-Word.


Doug Block
Sat 30 May 2009Link

We are but your humble servants.


John Burgan
Sat 30 May 2009Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Sat 30 May 2009 :

After reflection, we've decided to rename the new topic to Social Networking for Filmmakers
aka Social Networking so as not to confuse with films that campaign for social change


Rhonda Moskowitz
Sun 31 May 2009Link

Sean Flynn should post about his use of Twitter. He has some good tips.


Ben Kempas
Sun 31 May 2009Link

Yes, and there now is a topic for this, Rhonda: Social Networking !


Doug Block
Sun 31 May 2009Link

Yup, calling all twits...


Mikal Jakubal
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

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?


Magdalena Hutter
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

Same thing here...


Ben Kempas
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

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.)


David Herman
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

suggest you join the rest of us plebs sitting calmly behind their computers interacting on the d-word.


Ben Kempas
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

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.


Mikal Jakubal
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

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.


Marj Safinia
Fri 19 Jun 2009Link

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.


Mikal Jakubal
Fri 19 Jun 2009Link

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...


Mikal Jakubal
Tue 23 Jun 2009Link

Latest iPhone upgrade seems to have fixed it.


David W Grant
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

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".


John Burgan
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

This topic is for questions about The D-Word, David- but FWIW, "Video Essay" is fine – although it might not ring everyone's bell.


David W Grant
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

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?


John Burgan
Fri 26 Jun 2009Link

Your question could have gone in Developing Stories or Works in Progress

I was briefly at the festival today, off to NY tomorrow but back early July, maybe see you then...

Edited Fri 26 Jun 2009 by John Burgan

Ben Kempas
Fri 26 Jun 2009Link

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.

Edited Fri 26 Jun 2009 by Ben Kempas

Celia Lowenstein
Tue 30 Jun 2009Link

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.


Doug Block
Tue 30 Jun 2009Link Tag

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:

ph: 253-840-5137
cwinsurance@comcast.net


Ben Kempas
Wed 1 Jul 2009Link

Just to remind people again, this Help topic is about The D-Word platform, not about help with documentary questions... :-)


Mikal Jakubal
Tue 28 Jul 2009Link

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.


Peter Gerard
Tue 28 Jul 2009Link

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.


Nikia Furman
Tue 28 Jul 2009Link

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?


Ben Kempas
Wed 29 Jul 2009Link

Nikia, this topic is for questions with our discussion software. Your question could go into topics like Directing , Production , or the Legal Corner .

[Oh, I just saw you already posted in Legal. So no double-postings, please...]
Edited Wed 29 Jul 2009 by Ben Kempas

Molly McKinley
Fri 21 Aug 2009Link

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.


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