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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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Marj Safinia
Fri 14 Sep 2007Link

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


Doug Block
Fri 14 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
Sat 15 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 Sat 15 Sep 2007 by Basil Shadid

Peter Gerard
Sat 15 Sep 2007Link

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


Basil Shadid
Sat 15 Sep 2007Link

Thanks for all your hard work Peter!


Rhonda Moskowitz
Sun 16 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
Tue 18 Sep 2007Link

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


Ben Kempas
Tue 18 Sep 2007Link

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


Peter Gerard
Tue 18 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
Wed 19 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
Wed 19 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
Thu 20 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
Thu 20 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
Thu 20 Sep 2007Link

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


Ben Kempas
Thu 20 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
Thu 20 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
Thu 20 Sep 2007Link

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


Marj Safinia
Thu 20 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
Thu 20 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
Thu 20 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
Thu 20 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
Mon 24 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
Mon 24 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.


Peter Gerard
Mon 24 Sep 2007Link

I suppose it wouldn't take much to make the edit window bigger... But I think I know what caused the problem and will fix it in the next milestone.


Nick Higgins
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

How do you post a big link like this aand make it work?

http://www.broadcastbuyer.tv/publish/ServersampStorage35/PanasonicsNewCamcorderMemoryCardQuadruplesCapacityAtModestPrice13439.shtml

Do you need < > on either side or the likes thereof?


Ben Kempas
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

The problems are the underscores. Please wait for the fix. In the meantime, there's utilities on the net that let you zip long URLs into new short ones.


Peter Gerard
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

Sorry it has taken so long for me to fix these formatting bugs. I've made a few fixes now that should help you put in URLs like

http://www.broadcastbuyer.tv/publish/Servers_amp_Storage_35/Panasonic_s_New_Camcorder_Memory_Card_Quadruples_Capacity_At_Modest_Price_13439.shtml

  • and
  • not
  • break
  • lists


Kurt Engfehr
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

way to go, Pete! (in the distance, the roar of the crowd chanting in unison is heard: We love Pete, we love Pete)


Nick Higgins
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

A virtual pint of special on me for you Pete.

I could do with a pint of special myself. Can you add one as an attachment please.


Peter Gerard
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

Also, people with hyphenated names will get correct capitalisation the next time you update your profile!


Doug Block
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

But how do you keep a long url inside the text box, Peter?


Nick Higgins
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

Not that special brew, this one........


Nick Higgins
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

hmmmm that didnt work as planned-

here's what I really want


David Herman
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

Not wishing to take this to the bar where this is still ongoing, I wonder why when I am not logged in to d-word, and my share this publically box is unticked, I google David Herman d-word and come up with my whole profile warts and all?


Peter Gerard
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

David, make sure you are fully logged out. You would see the attached.


Christopher Pavsek
Wed 26 Sep 2007Link

until a fix for long url's is here, you can go to tinyurl.com and make them little....


David Herman
Wed 26 Sep 2007Link

what the f is fully logged out? do I have to smoke something?


John Burgan
Wed 26 Sep 2007Link

Click on "Log out" ( top right of page or http://www.d-word.com/login/logout )


Peter Gerard
Wed 26 Sep 2007Link

Chris, it's much easier to use the labelled URL formatting (click the blue help icon for instructions). The link above could be:

32GB P2 Cards available soon


Christopher Pavsek
Thu 27 Sep 2007Link

Try again:

Very Important Thing will link us to a very important thing

and

An even more important thing will link us to something even more important.

Edited Thu 27 Sep 2007 by Christopher Pavsek

Christopher Pavsek
Thu 27 Sep 2007Link

sorry, thought i was in "Play"


Jo-Anne Velin
Thu 27 Sep 2007Link

I think that was more information than I needed this evening. Bonne nuit.


Ben Kempas
Fri 28 Sep 2007Link

For those of you who still want to play around with the various new features for your posts: We are going to close Play with The NEW D-Word in three days.


Ben Kempas
Wed 3 Oct 2007Link

As a pilot project to spread the D-Word among documentary professionals, we're sharing our Sheffield Doc/Fest discussions with their website. The public can only see the discussion with Heather and Fleur, logged-in D-Word Members will also see the Sheffield F2F and general discussions. All data remains with us on d-word.com.

https://www.sheffdocfest.com/


John Burgan
Wed 3 Oct 2007Link

Just a thought - unless I'm missing it, shouldn't there be a one-line tag saying what the D-Word is on the page you link to? I know people can find out by going there (here), but surely there's room for "the longest-running online community for professional documentary filmmakers" or whatever.


Ben Kempas
Wed 3 Oct 2007Link

It says that when you're not logged in, John.


Sean Flynn
Sat 6 Oct 2007Link

This is strange. Marketing and Distribution is not showing up in any of my topic lists, though I can get to it through the search...


Doug Block
Sat 6 Oct 2007Link

sean, the universe is saying just go out and make your film and don't worry about where it ends up ;-)


Peter Gerard
Sat 6 Oct 2007Link

or maybe it's saying go to My Topics and make sure it's selected...


Sean Flynn
Mon 8 Oct 2007Link

Aha! Thanks, Peter.


Roz Mortimer
Tue 9 Oct 2007Link

maybe this just my browser...if I am reading a topic and click to view someone's profile, I can't get back to the topic using the browser's back button. I have to follow the 'topics' link and then try and remember which topic I was in.


Ben Kempas
Tue 9 Oct 2007Link

Must be a browser setting... something that tries to reload stuff instead of just going back...?

What combination of OS and browser versions are you using?


Roz Mortimer
Wed 10 Oct 2007Link

OS 10.4.10 and Firefox v.1.
It doesn't happen with other websites.


Peter Gerard
Wed 10 Oct 2007Link

Your browser is very old. I'd recommend upgrading. It sounds to me like this might happen only if you've posted before you click off the topic. I'd recommend not using the back button. Instead, when you click the member's profile link, hold down the Command (Apple) key and the link will open in a new tab or window.


Roz Mortimer
Wed 10 Oct 2007Link

Drat, I knew I'd end up having to upgrade something.
Thanks Peter!


Christopher Pavsek
Wed 10 Oct 2007Link

hey i had a post disappear too! just like marge! oops, marj!

(i was telling riley it was fine to feel good about yankees fans feeling bad, so maybe some new yorker sabotaged it)


Ben Kempas
Wed 10 Oct 2007Link

Marj just hit Preview instead of Post. I guess that's what you did, too?


Christopher Pavsek
Thu 11 Oct 2007Link

maybe....


Marj Safinia
Thu 11 Oct 2007Link

Ben - actually I updated a post on my problem here: http://www.d-word.com/topics/show/94?post=126164


Peter Gerard
Sun 14 Oct 2007Link

if you get problems like that in the future, please email me date and time (including timezone) of the error ASAP and I'll check the logs...


Nick Higgins
Thu 18 Oct 2007Link

Not sure where this should go so here it is in Help. Seeing as how there is a photo album thread is it possible to have a similar one for on-line video links?


John Williams
Thu 18 Oct 2007Link

Any chance of moving the navigation links that are below the "New Post" section to above the "New Post" section? Since I use the "next" function far more often than posting a new message, it would reduce the amount of scrolling I have to do to get to the "next" link.


Ben Kempas
Sat 20 Oct 2007Link

We'll have video attachments as soon as we leave the Beta stage behind us, Nick.

John, I would like to have your problems... :-)


Judy Seaman
Sat 20 Oct 2007Link
[Post moved to http://www.d-word.com/topics/show/69?post=127191]
Edited Sun 21 Oct 2007 by Ben Kempas

Ben Kempas
Sun 21 Oct 2007Link

Judy, I moved your post to the Distribution topic:

http://www.d-word.com/topics/show/69?post=127191


Christopher Pavsek
Fri 26 Oct 2007Link

is there any way to make the post box and the edit box bigger? if it's not too hard?


John Burgan
Fri 26 Oct 2007Link

use a magnifying glass or (on a mac) go to system prefs > seeing > zoom


Peter Gerard
Sat 27 Oct 2007Link

Or use Safari 3.0 (Mac or PC) which has resizable text-boxes. However, it might break the rest of the layout...


Alan Brunettin
Fri 23 Nov 2007Link

This isn't a big problem but curious nonetheless. When I select a topic in the list and it takes me to the particular site, if for instance the topic has 16 pages to it-with a most recent post, say, four hours ago-I am instead taken to, say, page 9 with posts that are a week and a half old instead of the most recent (or heck, even if it took me to the beginning with the very first posts would make more sense).

Any reason for this? I'm on a Mac OS 10.4.11, Safari 3


Peter Gerard
Fri 23 Nov 2007Link

Oops, so obviously the double-dash isn't entirely fixed.... Sorry folks. I'll figure it out eventually!

Alan, the system remembers where you were last reading, so it takes you to the last 3 posts you have read and shows you new ones following on from them. You'll see the first 3 posts will be grey (meaning you've read them) and the rest on that page will be white, meaning they're new to you.


Christopher Wong
Thu 29 Nov 2007Link

oops, accidentally clicked "Hide IDFA 2007 Topic"... how do I get it back?


John Burgan
Thu 29 Nov 2007Link

Go to the main page and click on "my topics" or here where you can select or deselect topics to be displayed.


Sahand Sahebdivani
Thu 13 Dec 2007Link

Hey, what gives? D-word won't allow me to see the last posting in the views on news section, or allow me to post (even show me the box that I need to post.


Joe Moulins
Thu 13 Dec 2007Link

Chris Pavsek broke D-Word.


Danielle Fautrat
Thu 13 Dec 2007Link

yes, looks like the Views on News Forum has imploded!


Doug Block
Thu 13 Dec 2007Link

We'll look into it, folks (Peter G, are you here???). I not only have the same problem, I didn't even see News and Views the last few days. When I went to My Settings to see about it, turns out the topic was mysteriously unchecked.

Hmmm, maybe Chris DID break The D-Word.


Ben Kempas
Thu 13 Dec 2007Link

Doug, you must have clicked "Hide Views on News from now on" which happens to be just below "Back to Topics List".

As for the technical problem with the last posting in Views on News, we alerted Peter.


Peter Gerard
Thu 13 Dec 2007Link

All better now... Looks like Chris and Reed broke it together by clicking the Post button at exactly the same second. I'll try and prevent bugs like that in the future!


Joe Moulins
Thu 13 Dec 2007Link

I'm guessing they were both pounding the button. Just goes to show why it's important to carry a spare.


Joe Moulins
Tue 18 Dec 2007Link

Views on News is stuck again.
I blame Reed.


Peter Gerard
Tue 18 Dec 2007Link

People are getting anxious in there. I fixed it again.


Kurt Engfehr
Sat 29 Dec 2007Link

yo-my advanced search feature doesn't seem to be working.


Ben Kempas
Sat 29 Dec 2007Link

It's working here. Please be more specific, Kurt:

What are your search terms and settings?

What browser/OS?


Kurt Engfehr
Sun 30 Dec 2007Link

Ben-after reading your post i tried it on my PC using firefox and it worked, which it wasnt' on a Mac osX with Safari.

so, i guess it's working. kinda.

you know what would be handy? being able to search posts by people who wrote them. just a thought.


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