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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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Ben Kempas
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Chris - Two "Introduce Yourself" topics would be too confusing for everyone. That's what we agreed on back in March when we discussed the specs with the community. And I think it works really well the way it is now.


Ben Kempas
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Having said this, we didn't just merge the Intro topics of the previous Forum and Community conferences and made it public. We've always said that everything that was originally posted in a private topic will stay private. So if you need to access the old "private" Intros, they are here: OLD D-Word Community: Introduce (members-only link)


Doug Block
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

peter and ben thought of evvvvvverythinggggg...


Ben Kempas
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Are you all aware of the My Topics options? You can totally customise your D-Word experience now by having an individual selection of topics and receiving email disgests (which still look a bit rough right now but we'll improve that).


Danielle Beverly
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Awesome that links automatically get created, without having to do this anymore: <link>. Well done!


Ben Kempas
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

The <> was only to prevent long links from breaking when being wrapped.

I think you should upload a photo of the Westy as your profile pic, Danielle.


Danielle Beverly
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

You think so? Kind of small. But it is the only photo I have that is recent. Truthfully I'm not ready to put up a photo. Maybe later this week though...


Christopher Pavsek
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Suggestion: on each particular topic page (like here, in Help) a little pop-up menu that lets gives you a list of all topics so you can jump directly to another one without going back to the Topics List Page.

I would also suggest, though I know it's been discussed, that a private intro topic would be nice nonetheless...i don't want to read every into from the enthusiasts and i imagine not everyone wants to introduce themselves to the enthusiasts; i don't know. i don't think it'd be confusing--it could appear in the social topics for the private one and in the public space for the public one.....

But frankly, as it all is now, this is very cool and i'd be happy with it with no changes at all..............

Edited Thu 13 Sep 2007 by Christopher Pavsek

Doug Block
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Peter, Ben, don't see anything in the Help section about doing html within a post. So, how does one do things like bold and italicize within the posts here?


John Burgan
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Click the blue question mark immediately to the right of your location >>>


Joe Moulins
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Sweeeeeet!


Marj Safinia
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

I'm shocked, Doug. Have you not been paying attention at all? ;P


Doug Block
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

well i'll be durned. we were so focused on getting the Help section done that i didn't even see this.


Basil Shadid
Fri 14 Sep 2007Link

I've got a question. I tried posting a link earlier that has underscores in it. The new D-Word reformatted the link. It took the underscores out and made one of the last two words italic.

Here's the link:
http://www.jeroenwijering.com/?item=FlashvideoPlayer

How would I post the full link without the formatting engine touching it?

Edited Fri 14 Sep 2007 by Basil Shadid

Peter Gerard
Fri 14 Sep 2007Link

Sorry Basil, This is a "known issue" that I'm going to fix as soon as I have a chance...


Basil Shadid
Fri 14 Sep 2007Link

Thanks for all your hard work Peter!


Rhonda Moskowitz
Sat 15 Sep 2007Link

Wow! The changes are amazing! A huge thanks to Peter, John, Ben, Doug and anyone else who has made these terrific improvements! I'm still getting used to it, but it's so much better now. You've taken this already great site to a new level. Your efforts are very much appreciated! Peter, it looks like you've done the lions share, correct?


Christopher Pavsek
Mon 17 Sep 2007Link

in response to ben's post of david's subaquatic snoring---how big an attachment is too big nowadays?


Ben Kempas
Mon 17 Sep 2007Link

We'll cut you off at 50 MB (subject to change).


Peter Gerard
Mon 17 Sep 2007Link

Chris, what browser and OS are you using when the Preview "wipes" the attachment?

And by the way, I fixed the bug Kurt was having in the Photo Album. You can now have commas and exclamation points and whatever else you want in file names...


Erica Ginsberg
Tue 18 Sep 2007Link

Is it possible to take out (or fix) the crossout command with the hyphens. I have found myself having to redo posts (and have noticed it in others' posts) because we are accustomed to using hyphens in our normal writing. Probably it is more useful for us to be able to use hyphens than to cross words out. Or is there another command that could be used for crossouts that doesn't match a normally grammatical markings?


Ben Kempas
Tue 18 Sep 2007Link

Others advocated to keep the function. I wouldn't mind taking it out.


Christopher Pavsek
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

peter--i was using safari (2.0.4) and osx 10.4.10.

i'll try it with firefox and let you know what happens....


Christopher Pavsek
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

bulghur wheat makes me -fart-


Christopher Pavsek
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

whaddayaknow. with firefox it works fine and with safari it doesn't


Christopher Pavsek
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

but where did the post go that i mad ewith firefox? how weird? does anyone see it?

i said in it: bulghur wheat makes me -fart- and there was a picture of the cabinet of dr. caligari....it's gone!


Christopher Pavsek
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

oh, i found it. it's int he play topic. oops. apologies for all the stupid posts. i had a long day and drank too much wine thereafter.


Niam Itani
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

This is double posted please delete the one in Play...

Peter there is something I am going to try to explain:

I click on read topics with new listings. So they start opening one topic after the other. I pass by Finding Funding and it is very long so I TAG the post where I want to keep it for later to read and move on. It goes to another topic, then it comes back to Finding Funding. I tag again and read another then it goes back.

In the old d-word when I used to click on read all with new postings it browsed all topics without repetition.

Hope you get the idea :S


Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

Hi Peter, I would like to ask that the time alloted to erase a post be extended. I posted something with an error in it, a silly one but it mattered, and the time it took me to double check and repost was not long. Still, I could not dump the old longer post and repost with the correction. merci.


Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

I checked: the posts were three minutes apart, in Bar and Grill. I type and send (too) quickly, ya ya, but still. Here, however, in Help, I notice the erasure icon is still active in the post above this one. methought one had about 15 mintues' grace.


Peter Gerard
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

Jo-Anne, you get 15 minutes grace only for the last post you submit.

Niam, I'm already aware of this and it's on my list.


Niam Itani
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

Thanks!!


Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

Hi Peter, right but even that didn't happen, in the bar and grill. i left the subject, returned a few minutes later and couldn't eliminate the immediately previous post.


Peter Gerard
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

Did you close your browser in between or logout? Or had someone posted after you?


Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

No, no one posted after, but it is possible I closed the browser - it's busy here. Is there a work around? If not, oh well.


Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

Okay - i see now what you meant by last posting. I was switching between topics. So when I went to my last posting in topic A, after posting in B, it was locked in. Different understanding of last posting resolved. But then I ask if it is possible to stretch this when you are fine-tuning, please.


Marj Safinia
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

I've found myself (on a number of occasions) writing a post, then accidentally clicking Preview instead of Post without realizing it. When the preview loads, I assume I've actually posted and leave the topic, only to find out later that my post isn't there at all. Is it only me who has done this? If so, then I'll just have to pay closer attention when I'm in a hurry, but otherwise perhaps we could separate those buttons out so Post is in the bottom right hand corner and preview is pushed left...


Joe Moulins
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

I accidentally hit "reset counter to zero". Is there a way to set the "read postings since __" like on the old d-word?

Remember the old d-word forum? I wonder it's doing these days?


Peter Gerard
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

No, that feature didn't make it through...


Ben Kempas
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

It's a clever feature but I think Joe was the only one using it...

After all, if you try to make an easier interface, you need to lose some clutter. We never intended to make another Motet.

As for Marj's concern, we could also have a red frame around previews, maybe?


Catherine Mattingly
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link Tag

Request/idea/suggestion for the FABULOUS New d-word:

Very often, I want to send myself someone's post. Obviously, I can cut and paste the content into another document, but it would be cool to be able to hit "email to a friend" (or if that's not ok, because of members-only, "email to my email of record). Anyone else?


Marj Safinia
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

that would be sweet, although tagging would fulfill the same "come back to it over and over again" function


Marj Safinia
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

Ben/Peter, perhaps even just switching the positioning of preview and post. My mouse naturally makes for the preview button because it's closest.


Peter Gerard
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

My suggestion is: slow down and read the big, bold message that says:

This is a PREVIEW. It has not yet been published.


Kurt Engfehr
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link Tag

so...i made a big post in another topic. upon re-reading it (i had posted, not previewed it) i wanted to tweak a couple of things, so i went into the edit mode. i did my tweaking, then hit save, but only HALF the post appeared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

luckily, i had copied my text (i've lost too many long posts not to) and was able to paste it and then do my tweaks, but that is a disturbing occurance.


Joe Moulins
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

especially disturbing with all those exclamation marks!!


Peter Gerard
Thu 20 Sep 2007Link

did you see the entire post when you were editing? or did it only disappear after you re-submitted the post?


David Herman
Sun 23 Sep 2007Link

PeteRRR sounds more like my GP every post. Does it only hurt when you breathe?


Kurt Engfehr
Sun 23 Sep 2007Link

Peter, I'm not sure if the whole message was there. i only tweaked a few things in the first half, didn't check the whole thing. the edit window, by the way, is disturbingly small.


Tony Comstock
Sun 23 Sep 2007Link Tag

Not sure that it matters much, but it looks like maybe posting order gets mixed up if one person is posting while another person is editing an adjacent post. Like I said, not really a big deal, but maybe a clue in sorting out any other unexpected behavior.


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