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.
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
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.
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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
Should be able to post there the same way you did to post your question in this topic, Delaney.
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.
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.
This Topic is primarily for questions related to D-Word, but a google search came up with this link
I would like to change my d-word password. How do I do it?
In the upper right hand corner click "My Profile".
enter the new password twice and go way down for SAVE.
Thanks John, I believe that's the text from the article I read.
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.
I simply cannot type. I have typing ADD. CRUDE, is what I meant.....
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.
Can anyone tell me why the "New Post" box at the bottom of the list of messages doesn't show up on my screen?
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...
You need to make sure you're on the last page of posts to continue the conversation.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ann, I guess we'll just have to change your status from Enthusiast to Narcisist.
where are the files located that people posted sample proposals etc? Dan was hosting them – did they go away?
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?
Never mind. It took about 20 mins to take effect, but now it seems to be working.
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.
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?
i suppose I do. Thought there was something a bit more recent. guess not.
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?
hard to tell. the d-word has changed a lot since those days.
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.
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.
Aha. And duh.
Thank you Joanne.
I once wondered about tags and that little symbol but failed to adequately investigate. Very helpful. Thanks again.
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
Yeah, it's the latter I was thinking of, like a Borgesian archive. I will try to explore it. Thank you again.
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?
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...
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.
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.
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).
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.
Looking for a reasonable sound studio in los angeles, would anyone here know more? thx much everybody:)
In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Tue 30 Nov 2010 :
Oh Ok Ben, thx for telling me:)
The thread on Documentary Films appears to be stuck, aiming at an (empty?) next page, with no room to post.
In reply to Marth Christensen's post on Fri 10 Dec 2010 :
Sorted! Thanks, Marth.
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.
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!
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.
Am I the only person who is seeing all the D-word topics in a big alphabetical list now?
Working here – you can organise by category, posting date or Topic Name – click at the top underneath Discussion Topics
oh thanks – I didn't even realize those options were up there. Must have clicked it by mistake with my crazy iPad.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
Like on any mac, hold down the Control key and click.
Even this PC guy knows that! ;-)
double help – i have now lost my formatting on d-word. Just a sort of typed page format. still calm. (barely)
put on new boots and bathed and it works – JB you are a genius.
I'm doing some research on production pricing for documentary film making. Some films claim it cost them 1.8 million and some $250,000 yet quality and substance seem to be the same. Does anyone have a pricing model I can research that would show me pricing for low budget, mid grade, and high end documentary films? Help????
Is it possible to upload an entire film so that festivals and potential TV buyers can watch it? We don't like to send out DVDs anymore. Previous films have ended up as bit torrents.
Folks, this is definitely the wrong Topic – as the note above says, this is solely for questions about The D-Word.
AJ, your question is so wide that it's doubtful that there's a simple answer out there, but for future reference such queries go in the Mentoring Room Topic.
Dietmar, as a Professional this should probably go in Marketing and Distribution . Double posting is discouraged, but as this is in the wrong place you can repost there.
Yikes – for some reason the camera topic has disappeared when I log into the site. Any ideas?
Check "my topics" from your homepage and make sure you haven't accidentally hidden it.
Thanks Marj – don't know why it changed but that was the solution.
Easy to do if you check D-Word from an iPhone. I do it all the time.
Wish there was a separate SAVE for "Current Location".
Only seems to get saved after a post. Often I get thwarted somehow and forget to update, then I've posted and would have to post again to save it, so I don't and then forget to update next time. Not a big deal, just noticed when I realize I need to update, I am not able to do so.
-Hmm... Is it not in the post editor you get for 15 minutes after a post? I'll look into that.-
You can also change your Current Location while you're not posting by editing your profile
EDIT – If you forget to put in your location, you have 15 minutes to edit your last post, so just click the Pencil and then you change your Location as well as fix any mistakes in your post (like I've just done)...
Hi, I am currently subtitling my film, Lucky Express, and I need advice about how to subtitle? Two questions:
1- I have put the translated subtitles as they are spoken...so sometimes the sentence is finished on the next image. Do I use an elipsis because the sentence is not finished?
He went to the store and bought ...
(and then next image) ... some milk and some bread.
Do I use the elipsis or not? Am very confused!
I have to subtitle my lead character because even though he is speaking English, it is really bad and basic English. So when I correct him, how much can I correct? The tenses? The words?
As long as I stick to the meaning of what he is saying, is it alright to put words into his mouth?
Right now, I have tried to use the exact words he is using even though the English is wrong. My theory is that all people will be able to understand the basic idea of what he is saying, even though the English is wrong.
When I corrected his English too much, later when I was reading the subtitles, I noticed that it was harder for the brain to fully understand the meaning, because what he was saying in English and what I was reading were similar but different.
Does this make sense? Its so hard to explain!
Anyway, is there a basic Rule Book for handling subtitles correctly which I can refer to?
Anna, this topic is intended for Help with issues about how the D-Word is running. You should re-post your question in the Mentoring Room
Actually, you should go ahead and apply for professional membership, then ask the question again in the Editing topic.
Will my profile information be searchable on search engines outside of D-Word?
As explained in the privacy note when editing your profile, the fields with the eye symbol will be visible to everyone.
In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Thu 4 Aug 2011 :
Yes, on The D-Word site, but – I am asking about off site search engines – Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.
Troy, I believe that Google will index that which is "public" on this site.
Yes, Google is included when Ben says "everyone". There's also a feature to preview your public profile. Click on your name at the top of this page where it says "Signed in as Your Name" and then you can click in the blue box to switch to Public Preview view. However, I've just noticed that it's not strictly accurate, since your photos and the links to your posts are only seen by logged in users and NOT by Google... I will fix this in the next site update...
Generally though, Google (and users not logged in) only see your name, your website links, your films, and your "Public Bio".
Apologies for the downtime this morning. This was due to an outage at a data centre. Everything should be back to normal now.
Anybody have a licensing contact at C-SPAN? I've got a bunch of footage that I need to get cleared, and it seems too much for the std form they offer on the website....
Nick, please don't double post. We saw your request already in the Legal topic. Besides, this topic is for help with The D-Word, so pick the ONE topic you'll be posting in carefully.
Sorry, Doug....Wasn't sure which would be appropriate....Elizabeth Westrate suggested I post it in the Research & Archives section, do you concur?
Probably, but I'd leave it in Legal since most will see it there. If you don't get a response within a few days, maybe then re-post in Research.
Trying to add a film to my profile and getting an error message that the Vimeo.com URL is not valid ... not sure why this would be the case ...
It was because our embed generator wasn't expecting the www.
I've updated it now so you should be able to embed with or without the www. from both YouTube or Vimeo.
You could also of course embed via Distrify and get loads of other benefits ;-)
Thanks. The same problem seems to exist elsewhere in the site. For example, I was unable to embed a YouTube video in the Cameras topic although the URL exactly matched the formatting of the example in the error message.