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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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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.


John Burgan
Tue 9 Feb 2010Link

I'll wait for Peter to confirm, but I think the limit is much lower, probably about 10% of what you were trying to upload. Secondly .dat can be just about anything, a text or graphic file. There are more useful video formats – best of all is to upload to your own website or Youtube/Vimeo and paste a link – we don't have the resources right now to host large video files on our server.


Christopher Quinn
Fri 19 Feb 2010Link

I have a friend who is looking to hire a local cameraperson in Nairobi. I am new to d-word and wanted to know the best place to post a message for this. Classifieds? Can anyone lead me to the right place? Thanks


Doug Block
Fri 19 Feb 2010Link

Classifieds is exactly the right place, Christopher. We have both a member's only and public classifieds, and you could post in both. The Classifieds are actually the only place where we encourage double posting.


Christopher Quinn
Fri 19 Feb 2010Link

Thanks Doug.


michael birnberg
Mon 22 Mar 2010Link

Hello,

I was previously an enthusiast at the D-word. I posted a doc proposal document file on the forum on Sat 1 Aug 2009. The document contains personal information and is showing up in google searches as well as other sites that are hosting it and making it downloadable to the public. Please please remove this post and the document from your site. My name is Michael Birnberg and the document is In Good We Trust. Please let me know when this has been done. Thanks

Best,
Michael


Ben Kempas
Mon 22 Mar 2010Link

Michael – As explained across the site, Enthusiasts can only access our clearly labelled Public Topics. These may be indexed by search engines.

If your producer applied for this, she would qualify for full Member status. Our Members-Only Topics for documentary professionals are private and you can't find a word from them outside The D-Word.

We usually don't delete anything here, as every post is part of a continuous conversation. So we urge everyone to think twice about what they're saying online.

I have made an exception in your case, as the document attached to the post contained potentially sensitive financial information. It's all gone now.

However, search engines only re-index sites every now and then. So the information may remain in their cache for a little while and show up in results.

Edited Mon 22 Mar 2010 by Ben Kempas

Ben Kempas
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

Do you use The D-Word on your mobile phone? Would you like to?

We are considering developing a mobile-optimized version of The D-Word, but would like your input. Please fill in our survey now:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/733WYJK


Delaney Ruston
Tue 13 Apr 2010Link

Hello, I am new to D word. I can not figure out how to post a question. The help place says to go to the end of category of posts and there should be a space to post a new question, but when i do fhat for the Research/archival section, I do not see the post area. Thank you so much, Delaney


Doug Block
Tue 13 Apr 2010Link

Should be able to post there the same way you did to post your question in this topic, Delaney.


Ben Kempas
Thu 15 Apr 2010Link

Make sure you're on the last page of the topic you want to post in. The page numbers at the top or bottom of each topic will get you there. You'll find the text box in the same spot as in this topic.


Dino Reyes
Sat 17 Apr 2010Link

There was a great article link on this board which I came across but then I cannot seem to find again. It was called something like, "The 8 best ways to open a documentary". I think it was written by a documentary production site. It was a great piece and I was wondering if anyone recalls the link if the could please repost.

Thanks,
Dino


John Burgan
Sun 18 Apr 2010Link

This Topic is primarily for questions related to D-Word, but a google search came up with this link


Laura Scott
Mon 19 Apr 2010Link

I would like to change my d-word password. How do I do it?


Marth Christensen
Mon 19 Apr 2010Link

In the upper right hand corner click "My Profile".
enter the new password twice and go way down for SAVE.


Laura Scott
Mon 19 Apr 2010Link

Excellent Marth! Thank you.


Dino Reyes
Tue 20 Apr 2010Link

Thanks John, I believe that's the text from the article I read.

Cheers,
Dino


Deirdre Haj
Wed 12 May 2010Link

Doug:
Do you knwo about the court ruling re Berlinger and "Cride"? They have ordered that he give all footage to CHEVRON to help their case?
There is a letter from the IDA with filmmakers signing up in support. Can you/should you/ will you post? Not sure where to put it on the site...
see you soon in NYC I hope.


Deirdre Haj
Wed 12 May 2010Link

I simply cannot type. I have typing ADD. CRUDE, is what I meant.....


Marj Safinia
Wed 12 May 2010Link

I'll be sending out an email about it soon, Deirdre!


Doug Block
Wed 12 May 2010Link

Deirdre, a number of well-known doc filmmakers have signed the letter but The D-Word is hanging back and letting the IDA take the lead in terms of getting mass signatures. We've told them we're ready to put out a mailing containing the letter to our membership at a moments notice.

Edited Wed 12 May 2010 by Doug Block

Ben Kempas
Thu 13 May 2010Link

The Berlinger case is also being discussed in our Legal Corner .


Vicki Vasilopoulos
Thu 27 May 2010Link

Can anyone tell me why the "New Post" box at the bottom of the list of messages doesn't show up on my screen?


Doug Block
Thu 27 May 2010Link

Vicki, if that's the case then how did you put up your last post?


Vicki Vasilopoulos
Thu 27 May 2010Link

Yeah, that's what's bizarre about it. The "New Post" box appears in this topic (thankfully), but not in the FCP topic or Directing, for example. Go figure.I'm at a loss...


Ben Kempas
Fri 28 May 2010Link

You need to make sure you're on the last page of posts to continue the conversation.


Vicki Vasilopoulos
Fri 28 May 2010Link

Right you are, Ben... I'm in the middle of editing, and in my haste I obviously overlooked this simple fact. I blame it on the full moon...


Michael Collins
Sat 14 Aug 2010Link

Is it possible to delete old posts? I couldn't find an option to do so. I posted in the public classified section recently (it was a success – I filled the position) but I'm getting some weird spam as a result.


Ben Kempas
Sun 5 Sep 2010Link

The basic rule is not to include your email address in any postings in our public topics, as these could be harvested by "robots". Registered users will always be able to find your email address in your profile, which the robots don't get to see.


Ann Torrance Davidson
Fri 24 Sep 2010Link

I just introduced myself as an Enthusiast and tried to stick a picture in the little box to the left. I went back to check and the picture has wound up in the body of post and it's giant. Or is that just the way I see it?
Can we move the picture to the side or make it go away altogether? Thank you.


Bill Jackson
Fri 24 Sep 2010Link

Hi Ann. You can click on "My Profile" at the top of a page, then My Pictures, near the top of that page. From there you can upload an image to your profile. It will then appear in the little box to the left. If you upload multiple images, the one you Make Primary will appear.


Doug Block
Fri 24 Sep 2010Link

Ann, I guess we'll just have to change your status from Enthusiast to Narcisist.

Kidding ;-)


Robert Goodman
Thu 21 Oct 2010Link

where are the files located that people posted sample proposals etc? Dan was hosting them – did they go away?


Ethan Isenberg
Tue 26 Oct 2010Link

I've designated a different photo as the primary one, but it doesn't seem to be changing in my profile or posts. Is anyone else having this issue?


Ethan Isenberg
Tue 26 Oct 2010Link

Never mind. It took about 20 mins to take effect, but now it seems to be working.


Jo-Anne Velin
Tue 26 Oct 2010Link

Which one is you?


Ethan Isenberg
Wed 27 Oct 2010Link

It's my most successful production, to date!


James Longley
Wed 27 Oct 2010Link

That's a beautiful kid you have there, Ethan, even if he does look like he's about to throw a punch at the paparazzo.


John Burgan
Thu 28 Oct 2010Link

Co-production, surely, Ethan?


Ben Kempas
Sat 30 Oct 2010Link

Ethan – your browser had probably cached the old picture.

Robert – Do you mean Sean Adair's page which is still out there but hasn't been updated in 10 years?


Robert Goodman
Wed 3 Nov 2010Link

i suppose I do. Thought there was something a bit more recent. guess not.


Ben Kempas
Wed 3 Nov 2010Link

Well, we can always start a new collection in a dedicated topic where people simply post their documents as attachments. Do you think we'll see the same spirit of sharing as back then?


Robert Goodman
Mon 8 Nov 2010Link

hard to tell. the d-word has changed a lot since those days.


Linda Blackaby
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

Is there that place where posted documents are attached?

Also, how would I search for posts by
posted by a particular person
cross topic topic (e.g. ITVS)?
If such searches are possible.
Thanks!


Jo-Anne Velin
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

Linda, have you had a look at the list of tags? (that baggage tag icon). We create them as we go along, so that list can get quirky. I don't know if you can first assemble all the posts for any one tag, and then do a word/name search of just those. Lemme try and I'll get back to you in a few seconds.

Just tried: it works very well. Look at the top of your page, select tags, decide which one you want to look through, double click it, all those posts will appear, then click advanced search, if you are not seeing a place to write the name of the posting person. ( "Post by ....", something like this.)

There are several "ITVS + Something else" tags, too.


Linda Blackaby
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

Aha. And duh.
Thank you Joanne.
I once wondered about tags and that little symbol but failed to adequately investigate. Very helpful. Thanks again.


Jo-Anne Velin
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

posted documents: use the "attach file" as if you were attaching the document to an email in most email pgms. If you are looking for posted documents only, I have no idea if the search engine does this. I haven't looked that closely


Linda Blackaby
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

Yeah, it's the latter I was thinking of, like a Borgesian archive. I will try to explore it. Thank you again.


Ben Kempas
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

Linda, the Advanced Search lets you search for posts by a particular person. Or you can go to a person's profile and click on the link to view all their recent posts.

You can attach documents to every post but there's no specific way of searching for attachments only. Is this something we should implement?


Linda Blackaby
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

Thanks Ben, the d-word thinks of everything, I now know how to search.

I do believe I'm not the first who has wondered about a document archive...


Ben Kempas
Sat 20 Nov 2010Link

If someone wants to volunteer and compile one, we could have a dedicated topic that would just show important documents of common interest. But it'll be a lot of work. Also, some people choose not to attach a document but to copy-paste its text into the hidden section of a post. A bit more difficult to spot.


Marth Christensen
Sat 20 Nov 2010Link

One suggestion is to just create a "FILES" section with some "Folders" for categories of information. This is the way Yahoo Groups works. Then let the members put stuff they like in the folders and others can look for cool, useable stuff that they can use. Identify who posted it and when. Any member can create folders or subfolders. Any member can post a file. A member can delete any files they posted. Hosts can delete anything. No editing of files; if you want to change a file, delete and replace.


Ben Kempas
Sat 20 Nov 2010Link

Well, we'd need another fundraiser for that sort of thing.

For the time being, please use our Tags feature to mark useful posts (or attachments).


Linda Blackaby
Thu 25 Nov 2010Link

Perhaps we can refine the way we try to use the Tags feature.

Could we agree perhaps on some standard tags for the most commonly used or requested kinds of documents?

And perhaps suggest a more standard way of tagging the posts that contain these documents? For example, I often see questions about CONTRACTS (and I believe there are a number of specific kinds of contracts), but don't know if all sample contracts get tagged as such or if they are tagged at all.


Nadia Hennrich
Tue 30 Nov 2010Link Tag

Looking for a reasonable sound studio in los angeles, would anyone here know more? thx much everybody:)


Ben Kempas
Tue 30 Nov 2010Link

Nadia, this topic is for help and suggestions regarding our online community. Please post your question in Public Classifieds or Members-Only Classifieds . Thanks!


Nadia Hennrich
Tue 30 Nov 2010Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Tue 30 Nov 2010 :

Oh Ok Ben, thx for telling me:)


Marth Christensen
Fri 10 Dec 2010Link

The thread on Documentary Films appears to be stuck, aiming at an (empty?) next page, with no room to post.


Peter Gerard
Fri 10 Dec 2010Link

In reply to Marth Christensen's post on Fri 10 Dec 2010 :

Sorted! Thanks, Marth.


Mikal Jakubal
Mon 20 Dec 2010Link

I have a proposal for a tagging convention that can be implemented without any other site changes.

On Tom xxxx's post on Fri 17 Dec 2010 in Legal, I applied this tag: DOCUMENT/LetterOfAgreement/Work-for-hire

"DOCUMENT" being in all caps says that there is some sort of contract or document in the post or hidden. It will make DOCUMENTS easy to visually sift out of the tag clutter when doing a tag search under "D."

Slash ( / ) separates the document title, which is "camel-cased" (big and small letters separating words, like the humps on a camel).

The second slash separates a specific topic—with individual words connected with dashes—if there is one. Sometimes, like with Tom's post it is only a paragraph or a specific wording that has been posted and not an entire document or contract.

Using a consistent convention (this or another), will make it easy to find what we're looking for and not waste time opening posts that only have a paragraph when we want, say, a whole producer's contract or participant release.

I think a document archive would be nice, but this is something we can do immediately. Anyone with any useful contracts, releases and so on could place a post in the appropriate topic, paste the document in the hidden section and tag it for others.


Gretta Wing Miller
Wed 19 Jan 2011Link

Hi guys,
Today the lines in the email digest are endlessly long––no wrap. Seems that if poster doesn't hit 'return', the line goes on forever.
Very hard to read!


Peter Gerard
Thu 20 Jan 2011Link

What software are you using to read your mail? I receive digests every day and they still look fine for me. But if you can tell me what you are using I might be able to see if I can solve your problem.


James Longley
Thu 10 Feb 2011Link

Am I the only person who is seeing all the D-word topics in a big alphabetical list now?


John Burgan
Thu 10 Feb 2011Link

Working here – you can organise by category, posting date or Topic Name – click at the top underneath Discussion Topics


James Longley
Sat 12 Feb 2011Link

oh thanks – I didn't even realize those options were up there. Must have clicked it by mistake with my crazy iPad.


Craig Schneider
Fri 25 Feb 2011Link

Hi, where can I find information on d-word on making a master DVD using Compressor and iDVD? I don't think my Quicktime file to iDVD workflow is yielding the highest quality HD product for replication. I feel like I've lost something in the output, but I can't be sure. Thanks.


James Longley
Sat 26 Feb 2011Link

You can ask that question, but I would suggest asking it in the Final Cut Pro topic, which seems to be where the Apple software post-production questions end up. This topic is for silly people like me who can't figure out how to navigate this extremely well-designed website.


Catherine Stratton
Sun 6 Mar 2011Link

Okay, please don't judge me but I cannot figure out how to join the d-word facebook page – can someone please help me? I've used FB help but their directions don't seem to apply since I can't find the icons they refer to one your page.


John Burgan
Sun 6 Mar 2011Link

As long as you are logged into FB, you just need to click on the "like" button just to the right of "The D-Word"

Edited Sun 6 Mar 2011 by John Burgan

Jo-Anne Velin
Sun 20 Mar 2011Link

to move a discussion from one topic to another, linking between topics in other words, how does one do this with a track pad on a powerbook? The instructions say 'right click to copy', but with the track pad? Thanks.


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