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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
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
Sat 20 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
Sat 20 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
Sat 26 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.


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