Help, Suggestions, Future of The D-Word

Help with The D-Word

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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.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

how can I kill the colour backgrounds on my own display, please? I understand this might be liked by others but they are too much – totally saturated – and I find them irritating when I am trying to read. Thanks very much.

Doug Block
Host

It should only be a light gray on the posts you've read, Jo-Anne, and white on the latest since you were last on. Are you sure your display is working properly?

Oh, and yellow on your own posts.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

I mean the borders, Doug – I have been getting background around the texting boxes, with very strong colours. This is very, very hard on my eyes. The off-white beige that I see around the text boxes in this topic is comfortable. Sometimes too much graphic takes you out of the words.... Maybe there is a way to just check an option button to make it b+w (like on cameras) – that would be the easy way not to deprive others of the strong background colours if this is what they prefer.

Doug Block
Host

Something's clearly wrong, Jo-Anne. The borders should appear as a very light plum color. Hopefully Peter Gerard or Ben will weigh in on what might be causing the problem for you.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

It's looking like it's back to normal, i just checked some topics.... thanks.

John Burgan
Host

Almost certainly a local setting on your own computer...

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

but it was there a couple of times I checked in and the colours were different for different topics, John. It made no sense...anyway, it's gone. Ya.

Marth Christensen
Pro

Marketing and Distribution seems to be STUCK.
An unread message is not reachable. "Read next page" comes up but the link returns me to the top of Topics.

Doug Block
Host

A glitch in our host's server, I'm afraid. We're on it (but slowly).

Maria Niro
Pro

Hello, newby here. I'm looking to build a team for my doc, based in NYC where is best place to post this ? Also, I'm looking for an affordable place that can convert DV tapes and Betacams and other dinosaurs into quicktime files – again NYC. Where would I post this?

John Burgan
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Maria. You already chose a good Topic for for the tape conversion question (Production ) – if you're looking for a crew then that's one of the very few exceptions to the "no double posts" rule as you can choose both Professional Classifieds and Public Classifieds (if you so wish – the latter is Public, the former for Professional D_Worders only)

Vivian Kleiman
Pro

I was thinking of posting a query about exec producing a doc, and didn't see a good "home" for the question among all the topics. There is of course a topic for directing. I wonder if there's a quorum of members (dare I speak NewYawkees and say "minyan") on d-word to justify a separate category?

Doug Block
Host

You're right, Vivian, it's strange that we don't have a Producing topic. Production (Nuts and Bolts) and The Legal Corner usually covers much of that ground, but maybe we should have our own Producing topic.

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

A suggestion for the new upgrade, assuming it's not already in the works: program the site to add a title attribute when using the "samplehotlink :http://sampleURL format to generate hotlinks in text so we see where the link is pointing on hover. Seems odd to not have it. (Ha, had to go back and remove one of the quotes because it tried to make it a hotlink. Doh.)

It's already there when topics are linked to (as in John's post above).

Just a thought.

Cheree Dillon
Pro

Hi all, what is the deadline for making the 'Email Digest' of topics? I posted in professional & public classifieds two days ago and didn't make the next day's digest. I did notice there was a post made after mine in the digest but there was only one post included for that topic not five. Thanks so much!

Peter Gerard
Pro

Hi Cheree,
The email digest is personalised for you and only includes posts you haven't read yet, so your own posts will never appear in your personal digest. Hope this helps!

Mark Barroso
Pro

I was hoping to be the hero and put you over your 15 for 15 goal at the last minute but I'm too late. Alas, I couldn't even log on to the campaign. I'm logged on to d-word and then asked to log on again. When I try, using my d-word password, it says I'm using an invalid password.

I think I need the Donating for Dummies instructions. I meant me, not you, of course.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Mark – You're not too late, we're still raising funds towards future running costs.

In the player, you need to use your Distrify password if you've previously used them – not your D-Word password!

If you don't remember it, there'll be 'Forgot Password' link right there.

Vivian Kleiman
Pro

Just curious:
What's the diff between these 2 topics: "Documentary films" & "REcommended Docs"?

Marj Safinia
Host

Recommended Docs is a public topic, for folks to recommend great docs that they love, particularly to a documentary loving public. Documentary Films is a professional only topic for ongoing conversation about films, critiques, spirited debate etc. If you look up at the top of any topic, you'll find a short description that captures the gist of what it's about.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Got a birthday present from Peter yesterday: "99+" post counters for The D-Word to make catching up less intimidating. You can also easily post multiple attachments now, as shown here. Just a wee taster of the big upgrade that's to come.

Marj Safinia
Host

Ben – not sure if it's related but in B&G and Photo Album, posted photos are showing upside down in the thread but right side up once you click on them. Just thought I'd flag it. Might be user error.

Mark Barroso
Pro

I try to go to My Topics after logging in and get a message that says I'm not authorized and won't display them. Was it something I said?

John Grabowska
Pro

It's what you haven't said. You haven't been posting enough. We miss you.

Ben Kempas
Pro

I'm getting the same error message, actually...

Vivian Kleiman
Pro

I was thinking of sending a note to d-word professionals in Oakland & SF. Is there a way to send a memo to those folks en masse, or export a list of emails, or would someone have to send an individual email to each person?

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Vivian, if this is about the F2F for the 15th anniversary, I can send it for you. Just email me what you want in the email.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

It should worky if you take out the https and replace with http.

Andy Schocken
Pro

Is it possible to change the "99+ new posts" setting back to show me the actual new post count? I understand that some people have some sort of psychological block with seeing a big number there, but I actually like having that information. Helps me decide which thread to catch up on first.

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

Yes! It seems way more overwhelming to see "99+" on every topic instead of actual numbers.

Niam Itani
Host

lol, you think so, Mikal?

For me, that is not the issue. The issue is when I read on The D-Word for about an hour then come back later and it is still 99+. Then I read and read and go back to the home page and still 99+. Dang dang dang.

But it is definitely better than 1200 posts to read. At least 99+ gives me hope that I will catch up :P

With the new features to be added to The D-Word, users will have the option to turn the 99+ on or off, Andy :)

Christopher Pavsek
Pro

Hi. I came her through a space-warp port opened up by Erica Ginsberg. I was told to say I can't edit my topics in my settings page. I get the message:"Topic not found. Either it does not exist or you do not have permission to view it."

Christopher Pavsek
Pro

I just tried it again, btw, and got this message: "You have posted too much idiotic bullshit today. This is your punishment. Go back to work."

Erica Ginsberg
Host

That was an idea for The D-Word revamp. (Not that you can read this)

We'll e-mail Peter in case he isn't checking in here. I know Mark had the same question a few weeks back.

Andy Schocken
Pro

One request for the d-word redesign: When I copy and paste some text from d-word into a word doc, I don't just get the text- I get a background color that makes it very hard to read. If there's any way to make it so that copy and paste only copies the text, that would be great.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Have you tried Paste Special in Word (from the drop down)? I find that is usually a workaround when pasting weirdly formatted text.

Karney Hatch
Pro

I posted in Shameless Self-Promotion a couple of days ago and now I don't see my post at all – did I fail to actually post it or was it deleted for some reason?

Timothy Fryett
Pro

I'm a little confused about what the blue tallies next to each topic represent.

I was hoping it would be a tally of unread posts for that topic. On some topics, this appears to be the case, and when I return to the main page after viewing the unread posts in the topic, the blue number disappears.

What's confusing is that other topics seem to not register which posts I've read. If a topic has a number of "39" next to it, for example, and I read all the new postings and return to the main page, I find that the number hasn't changed.

Thanks!

Doug Block
Host

What if you refesh the page?  Does it still remain?

You're right, though.  It is number of unread posts.

Timothy Fryett
Pro

Yeah, even if I refresh or access using a different browser, the count keeps showing that there are unread posts, even though all the individual posts within the topic thread have gone from white to grey.

It's strange because on certain topics, the unread post counts do seem to be responsive right away.

It's fine, I can manage; I was just getting confused about what those numbers are supposed to show...

Bill Kerrigan
Pro

I'm extremely dyslexic and found the preview option very useful... will it return

Thanks!

Kurt Engfehr
Pro

can i say that i really hate clicking on a link and it replacing the d-word tab? i want a link to create a new window. i understand that some people may not like that, but i'm not one of them.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Agree with you Kurt. Currently there is an option if adding links to make it open in a new window.

When you click the link button above, add the link, then select Target and "New Window" and voila, it will show up in a new window rather than taking over this one.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0257373/

 

And folks we have heard you loud and clear on the Preview Option. At this point, with the new D-Word platform in the final stages of development, we want to focus our time and efforts on that rather than more fixes to the current, soon-to-be obsolete platform. Your patience and understanding will soon be rewarded.

Laura Moire Paglin
Pro

Oh - so the hidden function is actually hidden! (or disguised) How approporiate. But how will newcomers - or those who haven't been paying close attention to all the changes -  know this?

Niam Itani
Host

Laura!

They will miss out because it took them so long to discover The D-Word, or because they weren't paying attention.

Just kidding, we'll always be here to help :)

Laura Moire Paglin
Pro

But Niam - I WAS paying attention this time - and I still can't get it to work! When I click on the page break, a narrow box appear but I'm not able to put anything inside it.

Laura Moire Paglin
Pro

Dang! How would anyone know that? Hardly user friendly or intuitive.  Just hope D Word never has a competitor!  Can't we have the OLD hidden function button back?

Marilyn Pennell
Pro

In reply to Daniel McGuire's post on Sat 4 May 2013: Looking for DSLR info. I guess I am behind the curve but just bought a Canon Reberl Ti5 DSLR. Cam seesm to have an odd quirk--after recording :30 to 1:00 of video, it  shuts off. Tried two cams same thing. I read that it might be related to the SD cards and that DSLRs are kind of finicky vis a vis cards. Any thoughts?

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Marilyn, this topic is for questions related to The D-Word platform. Your question belongs in Cinematography.

Ben Edwards
Pro

For some reason I can not post to Cinematography alough I can post to the Editing section.  Any idea why.  I am a cameraman as well as a Editor so do both profesionaly.

Doug Block
Host

Ben, only thing I can think of is you might have accidentally clicked on the Hide link at the bottom of that topic.  I'm not sure what the step is for Un-Hiding a topic, I'm afraid.  Perhaps one of the other hosts (or Peter himself) could step in with that, or if they have any other thoughts on the matter.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

To un-hide a topic, select "Settings" (small type in the upper right corner of this page).
Then select "My Topics & Subscriptions" from the "My D-Word" section on the left.
That will take you to a list of all the topics. If you see that "Cinematography" is unchecked, check it. (Note there are two checkboxes - one for seeing the topic on The D-Word and one for getting e-mail notifications when there are new postings. Unless you are an infrequent D-Word user, you probably don't want to check the e-mail notifications, especially for a busy topic like Cinematography.)

The other possibility if you are not a regular user of The D-Word is that you clicked on a topic where there are a lot of postings and you aren't at the last page. If you want to reply to someone else's posting, just click the blue arrow next to where their location is listed in their posting. If you want to post something new, make sure you are at the very last page. You can get there quickly by clicking the last page button (kinda like > with a vertical line after it -- just before it says "Back to Topics List.")

Mitch Teplitsky
Pro

For the life of me, I can't figure out how to do a multi-word search. E.g. "Film" plus "Transfer", where posts would come up with both terms. 

Kurt Engfehr
Pro

when you hit the reply button, it doesn't take you down to your post automatically, like it used to so you end up hitting it a couple of times, then you realize what happened and you go down and there's 3 or 4 'In response to....' attachments in your post and it's super messy. i'm seeing a bunch of those now. and i've done it myself a few times. sucks.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

In reply to Mitch Teplitsky's post on Mon 12 Jan 2015:

"Film+Transfer" or use the tags. Now, of course, the current search functions are imperfect so that may not be as quick at getting something relevant as just posting the query again (as I saw you did, already with some responses).

Mitch Teplitsky
Pro

That's it, thank you Erica! I was trying to combine words with + or with " "....but I see you have to use both.  And the tags, geez, forgot about them.

Erica Ginsbergabout 7 hours ago • Greater Washington DC

In reply to Mitch Teplitsky's post on Mon 12 Jan 2015:

"Film+Transfer" or use the tags. Now, of course, the current search functions are imperfect so that may not be as quick at getting something relevant as just posting the query again (as I saw you did, already with some responses).

nadia boctor
Pro

Hi, I want to make a post asking for infomration on tehcniques for renting out your equipment (both from a legal perspective and marketing perspective as well as a classifieds).  Not sure which section to post in.  Ideas?

Erica Ginsberg
Host

If you have specific legal questions, I'd post it in the Legal topic. Otherwise the Professional Classifieds might be the place. Just not in both places.

Coleman Gladis
Pro

Hello, I'm new to D word. I posted a few questions a few months back and I'm trying to find these posts now which seem to be buried where I can get to them. I didn't have the correct alert checked, and so I didn't know folks were responding at the time. Is there a simple "my posts" button I can click on to find them? Thanks!

 

Bill Jackson
Pro

Click on your name in the top-right corner, then click on All Posts in your Overview section.

Susanne Mason
Pro

I would like to post a note about a documentary film I'm producing. I need help brainstorming regarding three things: 1) fundraising, 2) seeking other filmmakers working on similar subject matter (criminal justice system reform), and 3) pursuing collaborative work. What Topic should I post to? Thanks, D-Word community for supporting independent makers' creative process!

Doug Block
Host

You're very welcome, Susanne.  I suggest you post in our two Classifieds topics, Public and Professional (the only ones, btw, where we allow for double posting).

Doug Fitzsimmons
Pro

In reply to Mark Barroso's post on Wed 15 Apr 2015:

 We're taking notes of all the requests and fine-tuning along the way. The plan is to sit down and prioritize all the feedback based on user interest, techinical feasibility, and whether there's time and budget to do it. 

And if we can't get to something immediately, hopefully we can pick it up later. 

Philip Shane
Pro

Hi, I posted about my new Kickstarter campaign in the Crowdfunding section, because lots of other people had done the same. But I just wanted to make sure that is indeed the right section to publicize a Kickstarter? The wording of the description of the section at the top is a bit confusing: 

"Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, whatever... this is the place to discuss crowdfunding. Not to mention, strategize about and, yes, promote your own crowdfunding campaign."

Also, at the top of the Crowdfunding section, there's a list of current active member campaigns -- how do I have my campaign listed there?

Thanks! 

 

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Philip, that is the correct topic. Once you post your campaign details in that topic, the hosts will add it to the list of "current active member campaigns" usually within 48 hours. 

Out of curiosity, what was confusing to you about the description that made you wonder if that was the right place to post?

Philip Shane
Pro

Thanks Erica. Ha, upon rereading it I see it does make sense. I thought it said "not to strategize and yes, promote..." I spent too much time looking at a computer today... That's what fundraising will do to a feller. ;-)

Ryan Ferguson
Pro

In reply to Mark Barroso's post on Thu 16 Apr 2015:

 it's funny how dependent on spell check I've become in life. the lack of it here has really shined a light on that and left me feeling vulnerable. I've gone as far as to specifically not use a certain word in a post because I know I'd either have to look it up or probably look stupid and I didn't want to do either of those things. 

on a different note, it seems I get a default indent at the beginning of posts (see above). I've noticed this on enough other peoples' posts that I'm guessing it isn't just me. is that on purpose? 

Doug Block
Host

Not itentional, Ryan.  I've noticed and found it annoying, too, but wasn't at the top of my priority list.   Hopefully it's just a quick tweak for Peter to make.

Bryn Hadubiak
Fan

Quick question: is there a specific thread I can embed a Vimeo video on and is appropriate to do so? We just finished clearing up the red tape holding our doc back, and I can show it publicly now.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Bryn, if you want feedback on a work-in-progress, you might get some response by posting it in the Mentoring Room (below the file attachment, there is an icon with a video player - if you click it, you have the option to enter the page URL for your Vimeo video). If you have a finished film, you can actually add it to your profile by clicking on the "Watch Films" and adding your film.


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