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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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Ryan Ferguson
Thu 3 Dec 2009Link

great... that means i'll probably have to wait until baseball season!

Erica Ginsberg
Sat 19 Dec 2009Link

How do you upload new profile photos? There doesn't seem to be an option to do that. Is there a maximum number I don't know about.

Ben Kempas
Wed 30 Dec 2009Link

Upload here and click "Make primary".

Erica Ginsberg
Fri 1 Jan 2010Link

Ben, you must see something as administrator that I don't. That page takes me to my current photos and I can make any of them primary, but I don't see a button to upload a new photo.

Ben Kempas
Sat 2 Jan 2010Link

?!? Have you scrolled down?

Is anybody else encoutnering this?

Erica Ginsberg
Sat 2 Jan 2010Link

Nothing apparent when I scroll down. I'm going to e-mail you a screenshot.

Peter Gerard
Sat 16 Jan 2010Link

The maximum number of profile pictures is 6. This limit was added a few months ago, so you may have more than the maximum if you added them before the limit was introduced. You'll need to delete all but 5 of your photos before you can upload again.

Erica Ginsberg
Sat 16 Jan 2010Link

Aha, that must be it.

David Herman
Sat 16 Jan 2010Link

Mr Gerard, glad to see you alive and well. Waiting dearly to see a pic or two of the d-word crowd waiting for the free ride in Amsterdam etc.

Ben Kempas
Tue 19 Jan 2010Link

Oh, I've got a few pics of that... You'll have to wait for a few months though before I can post them... Remind me.

Peter Gerard
Wed 20 Jan 2010Link

Will try to scan some this week.. I just got the film developed... maybe I can get mine up before Ben gets back from the boat!

Hashin Hassan
Thu 21 Jan 2010Link

(excuse me if this is not the right page for posting this message)

Hi my name is Hashim. I study Video production in Leicester, UK. I would appreciate it if any professionals could give answers to my questions regarding new media technology and documentary film industry. It's for my current assignment.

How many years of experience do have in filmmaking?

Have you experienced the shift from analogue to digital? If so, what has changed in your work routine? How different do you work now?

What equipment do you use (currently)?

Do you choose equipment that you are comfortable with and meet the standards of broadcast? Or are they determined by the nature of the documentary you are making?

Do you feel it is necessary to be constantly aware of new technology or do you think that current standards are sufficient for you?

As a filmmaker, do you set yourself moral principals? Do you have lines drawn? Are there projects that conflict your principals and how do you deal with them?

Do you set yourself new goals and new standards every time? How do you move up-market?

John Burgan
Thu 21 Jan 2010Link

No, it's not the right place, Hashin; as it says at the top of this page, this Topic is for queries about the D-Word itself. Your post would be better suited to the Mentoring Room .

Having said that, D-Word Members are working professionals and the majority are freelancers at that, so given the extremely broad nature of your survey (you could write a whole book on Q6 alone!) it's asking quite a lot of busy people to sit down and fill in a questionnaire like this. Practically, you may get a bit more feedback if you can get people on the phone for a few minutes.

Finally, it would be good to know a bit more about your background and what your own interest is in all of this; The D-Word operates as a community of filmmakers, so there has to be a bit of give and take.

PS Note on spelling: Q6 should be "principles" not "principals".

Edited Thu 21 Jan 2010 by John Burgan

Hashin Hassan
Thu 21 Jan 2010Link

Thanks for your feedback. I'll try and keep the questions down.

James Longley
Sat 23 Jan 2010Link

Whenever there is a routine update to the site, I'd like to put in a vote for moving the
"Back to Topics" button at a slightly greater distance away from the
"Hide 'This Topic' From Now On" button at the bottom of the page.

It's very easy to unintentionally hide topics when all you wanted to do was go back to the Topics page. Especially when using D-word on a hand-held device like an iPhone where it can be easy to click the wrong link. I wind up periodically going into my settings page to Un-hide all the missing topics. I know it sounds silly – but I also know I'm not the only one having this [minor design] issue.

Marj Safinia
Sun 24 Jan 2010Link

It's true. I do this all the time when checking D-Word from my iPhone.

Tristan Dyer
Tue 26 Jan 2010Link

this may be a little greedy, but what about a d-word app?

James Longley
Tue 26 Jan 2010Link

D-word is actually working okay on the iPhone as-is, but there are a few little things that could make it smoother.

On the other hand, it would definitely be cool to be able to post photos and videos taken with the iPhone, or to be able to "opt-in" to a d-word network that would tell you when other d-worders were nearby, so you could organize an impromtu f2f. Or something.

Edited Tue 26 Jan 2010 by James Longley

Peter Gerard
Mon 1 Feb 2010Link

I'm sure I can move that button. Any other small screen issues? I can't imagine there's enough demand for a full-blown iPhone app. How many D-Worders use the iPhone? A mobile browser enhanced version may be more useful.

James Longley
Mon 1 Feb 2010Link

Sure – like Google has a special version of their site that pops up when you're using a iPhone/blackberry/etc – that would be cool. And it's clearly something for which there will be an ever-increasing need.

Nels Bangerter
Mon 1 Feb 2010Link

I use the iPhone, though not for the D-Word, but mostly because it doesn't have a small-screen-specific site (although as is, it's nice & low-bandwith & nice spare design). Making an iPhone or mobile version would be very cool, probably fairly straightforward, and I bet it would help if you're ever interested in licensing this whole system out to other groups...

However, given that we're all only supposed to be checking this thing once a day (right?), is minute-by-minute mobile access really a direction that should be encouraged?

Peter Gerard
Tue 2 Feb 2010Link

I actually read The D-Word on my iphone, but using the email digests that I get each morning in my inbox. I've got some other updates to work on soon, so will look at the feasibility of using the email layout for users with mobile browsers... I can't promise a release date though!

Doug Block
Tue 2 Feb 2010Link

D-Word on your iPhone? That's like watching Avatar on your iPhone.

Virendra Valsangkar
Wed 3 Feb 2010Link

I tried to post with embeded video in the topic 'funding (europe or elsewhere)' with the help of attach file option. But that didn't work. It says 'done with error on page' . Is there any restriction on video attachment? my file size is 87 MB and its .dat file.

Edited Wed 3 Feb 2010 by Virendra Valsangkar

Sahand Sahebdivani
Tue 9 Feb 2010Link

I think embedding video's is restricted to certain topics, but the techno guys better answer that.

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