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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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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
Wed 10 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
Wed 31 Dec 2008Link

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
Sat 24 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


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