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.

Niam Itani
Host

This is double posted please delete the one in Play...

Peter there is something I am going to try to explain:

I click on read topics with new listings. So they start opening one topic after the other. I pass by Finding Funding and it is very long so I TAG the post where I want to keep it for later to read and move on. It goes to another topic, then it comes back to Finding Funding. I tag again and read another then it goes back.

In the old d-word when I used to click on read all with new postings it browsed all topics without repetition.

Hope you get the idea :S

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

Hi Peter, I would like to ask that the time alloted to erase a post be extended. I posted something with an error in it, a silly one but it mattered, and the time it took me to double check and repost was not long. Still, I could not dump the old longer post and repost with the correction. merci.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

I checked: the posts were three minutes apart, in Bar and Grill. I type and send (too) quickly, ya ya, but still. Here, however, in Help, I notice the erasure icon is still active in the post above this one. methought one had about 15 mintues' grace.

Peter Gerard
Pro

Jo-Anne, you get 15 minutes grace only for the last post you submit.

Niam, I'm already aware of this and it's on my list.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

Hi Peter, right but even that didn't happen, in the bar and grill. i left the subject, returned a few minutes later and couldn't eliminate the immediately previous post.

Peter Gerard
Pro

Did you close your browser in between or logout? Or had someone posted after you?

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

No, no one posted after, but it is possible I closed the browser - it's busy here. Is there a work around? If not, oh well.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

Okay - i see now what you meant by last posting. I was switching between topics. So when I went to my last posting in topic A, after posting in B, it was locked in. Different understanding of last posting resolved. But then I ask if it is possible to stretch this when you are fine-tuning, please.

Marj Safinia
Host

I've found myself (on a number of occasions) writing a post, then accidentally clicking Preview instead of Post without realizing it. When the preview loads, I assume I've actually posted and leave the topic, only to find out later that my post isn't there at all. Is it only me who has done this? If so, then I'll just have to pay closer attention when I'm in a hurry, but otherwise perhaps we could separate those buttons out so Post is in the bottom right hand corner and preview is pushed left...

Joe Moulins
Pro

I accidentally hit "reset counter to zero". Is there a way to set the "read postings since __" like on the old d-word?

Remember the old d-word forum? I wonder it's doing these days?

Ben Kempas
Pro

It's a clever feature but I think Joe was the only one using it...

After all, if you try to make an easier interface, you need to lose some clutter. We never intended to make another Motet.

As for Marj's concern, we could also have a red frame around previews, maybe?

Catherine Mattingly
Pro

Request/idea/suggestion for the FABULOUS New d-word:

Very often, I want to send myself someone's post. Obviously, I can cut and paste the content into another document, but it would be cool to be able to hit "email to a friend" (or if that's not ok, because of members-only, "email to my email of record). Anyone else?

Marj Safinia
Host

that would be sweet, although tagging would fulfill the same "come back to it over and over again" function

Marj Safinia
Host

Ben/Peter, perhaps even just switching the positioning of preview and post. My mouse naturally makes for the preview button because it's closest.

Peter Gerard
Pro

My suggestion is: slow down and read the big, bold message that says:

This is a PREVIEW. It has not yet been published.

Kurt Engfehr
Pro

so...i made a big post in another topic. upon re-reading it (i had posted, not previewed it) i wanted to tweak a couple of things, so i went into the edit mode. i did my tweaking, then hit save, but only HALF the post appeared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

luckily, i had copied my text (i've lost too many long posts not to) and was able to paste it and then do my tweaks, but that is a disturbing occurance.

Joe Moulins
Pro

especially disturbing with all those exclamation marks!!

Peter Gerard
Pro

did you see the entire post when you were editing? or did it only disappear after you re-submitted the post?

David Herman
Pro

PeteRRR sounds more like my GP every post. Does it only hurt when you breathe?

Kurt Engfehr
Pro

Peter, I'm not sure if the whole message was there. i only tweaked a few things in the first half, didn't check the whole thing. the edit window, by the way, is disturbingly small.

Tony Comstock
Fan

Not sure that it matters much, but it looks like maybe posting order gets mixed up if one person is posting while another person is editing an adjacent post. Like I said, not really a big deal, but maybe a clue in sorting out any other unexpected behavior.

Peter Gerard
Pro

I suppose it wouldn't take much to make the edit window bigger... But I think I know what caused the problem and will fix it in the next milestone.

Ben Kempas
Pro

The problems are the underscores. Please wait for the fix. In the meantime, there's utilities on the net that let you zip long URLs into new short ones.

Kurt Engfehr
Pro

way to go, Pete! (in the distance, the roar of the crowd chanting in unison is heard: We love Pete, we love Pete)

Nick Higgins
Pro

A virtual pint of special on me for you Pete.

I could do with a pint of special myself. Can you add one as an attachment please.

Peter Gerard
Pro

Also, people with hyphenated names will get correct capitalisation the next time you update your profile!

Doug Block
Host

But how do you keep a long url inside the text box, Peter?

David Herman
Pro

Not wishing to take this to the bar where this is still ongoing, I wonder why when I am not logged in to d-word, and my share this publically box is unticked, I google David Herman d-word and come up with my whole profile warts and all?

Christopher Pavsek
Pro

until a fix for long url's is here, you can go to tinyurl.com and make them little....

David Herman
Pro

what the f is fully logged out? do I have to smoke something?

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

I think that was more information than I needed this evening. Bonne nuit.

Ben Kempas
Pro

As a pilot project to spread the D-Word among documentary professionals, we're sharing our Sheffield Doc/Fest discussions with their website. The public can only see the discussion with Heather and Fleur, logged-in D-Word Members will also see the Sheffield F2F and general discussions. All data remains with us on d-word.com.

https://www.sheffdocfest.com/

John Burgan
Host

Just a thought - unless I'm missing it, shouldn't there be a one-line tag saying what the D-Word is on the page you link to? I know people can find out by going there (here), but surely there's room for "the longest-running online community for professional documentary filmmakers" or whatever.

Ben Kempas
Pro

It says that when you're not logged in, John.

Sean Flynn
Pro

This is strange. Marketing and Distribution is not showing up in any of my topic lists, though I can get to it through the search...

Doug Block
Host

sean, the universe is saying just go out and make your film and don't worry about where it ends up ;-)

Roz Mortimer
Pro

maybe this just my browser...if I am reading a topic and click to view someone's profile, I can't get back to the topic using the browser's back button. I have to follow the 'topics' link and then try and remember which topic I was in.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Must be a browser setting... something that tries to reload stuff instead of just going back...?

What combination of OS and browser versions are you using?

Roz Mortimer
Pro

OS 10.4.10 and Firefox v.1.
It doesn't happen with other websites.

Peter Gerard
Pro

Your browser is very old. I'd recommend upgrading. It sounds to me like this might happen only if you've posted before you click off the topic. I'd recommend not using the back button. Instead, when you click the member's profile link, hold down the Command (Apple) key and the link will open in a new tab or window.

Roz Mortimer
Pro

Drat, I knew I'd end up having to upgrade something.
Thanks Peter!

Christopher Pavsek
Pro

hey i had a post disappear too! just like marge! oops, marj!

(i was telling riley it was fine to feel good about yankees fans feeling bad, so maybe some new yorker sabotaged it)

Ben Kempas
Pro

Marj just hit Preview instead of Post. I guess that's what you did, too?

Peter Gerard
Pro

if you get problems like that in the future, please email me date and time (including timezone) of the error ASAP and I'll check the logs...

Nick Higgins
Pro

Not sure where this should go so here it is in Help. Seeing as how there is a photo album thread is it possible to have a similar one for on-line video links?

John Williams
Pro

Any chance of moving the navigation links that are below the "New Post" section to above the "New Post" section? Since I use the "next" function far more often than posting a new message, it would reduce the amount of scrolling I have to do to get to the "next" link.

Ben Kempas
Pro

We'll have video attachments as soon as we leave the Beta stage behind us, Nick.

John, I would like to have your problems... :-)

Judy Seaman
Pro
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Christopher Pavsek
Pro

is there any way to make the post box and the edit box bigger? if it's not too hard?

John Burgan
Host

use a magnifying glass or (on a mac) go to system prefs > seeing > zoom

Peter Gerard
Pro

Or use Safari 3.0 (Mac or PC) which has resizable text-boxes. However, it might break the rest of the layout...

Alan Brunettin
Pro

This isn't a big problem but curious nonetheless. When I select a topic in the list and it takes me to the particular site, if for instance the topic has 16 pages to it-with a most recent post, say, four hours ago-I am instead taken to, say, page 9 with posts that are a week and a half old instead of the most recent (or heck, even if it took me to the beginning with the very first posts would make more sense).

Any reason for this? I'm on a Mac OS 10.4.11, Safari 3

Peter Gerard
Pro

Oops, so obviously the double-dash isn't entirely fixed.... Sorry folks. I'll figure it out eventually!

Alan, the system remembers where you were last reading, so it takes you to the last 3 posts you have read and shows you new ones following on from them. You'll see the first 3 posts will be grey (meaning you've read them) and the rest on that page will be white, meaning they're new to you.

Christopher Wong
Pro

oops, accidentally clicked "Hide IDFA 2007 Topic"... how do I get it back?

John Burgan
Host

Go to the main page and click on "my topics" or here where you can select or deselect topics to be displayed.

Sahand Sahebdivani
Pro

Hey, what gives? D-word won't allow me to see the last posting in the views on news section, or allow me to post (even show me the box that I need to post.

Danielle Fab
Pro

yes, looks like the Views on News Forum has imploded!

Doug Block
Host

We'll look into it, folks (Peter G, are you here???). I not only have the same problem, I didn't even see News and Views the last few days. When I went to My Settings to see about it, turns out the topic was mysteriously unchecked.

Hmmm, maybe Chris DID break The D-Word.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Doug, you must have clicked "Hide Views on News from now on" which happens to be just below "Back to Topics List".

As for the technical problem with the last posting in Views on News, we alerted Peter.

Peter Gerard
Pro

All better now... Looks like Chris and Reed broke it together by clicking the Post button at exactly the same second. I'll try and prevent bugs like that in the future!

Joe Moulins
Pro

I'm guessing they were both pounding the button. Just goes to show why it's important to carry a spare.

Peter Gerard
Pro

People are getting anxious in there. I fixed it again.

Kurt Engfehr
Pro

yo-my advanced search feature doesn't seem to be working.

Ben Kempas
Pro

It's working here. Please be more specific, Kurt:

What are your search terms and settings?

What browser/OS?

Kurt Engfehr
Pro

Ben-after reading your post i tried it on my PC using firefox and it worked, which it wasnt' on a Mac osX with Safari.

so, i guess it's working. kinda.

you know what would be handy? being able to search posts by people who wrote them. just a thought.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

I think I asked the same thing a while ago. It would be great b/c sometimes I remember that someone, let's say Kurt Engfehr, posted something important a while back about, let's say, the art of filming roadrunners. Then I could just punch in "Kurt" and "roadrunner" and it would narrow down the postings immensely. Currently it only seems to search the name if it's mentioned in the post. Though I suppose the workaround is we could all start signing our posts. The other thing I find odd is that, when we do search a keyword, it brings up the posts in no particular order. It would be great if it could bring them up in chronological order, starting with the most recent. That way I could at least get recent roadrunner discussions and not ones had in 1999.

(no roadrunners were harmed in the making of this post)

Ben Kempas
Pro

Search results are ordered by relevance. And tagged postings come first.

Just tag whatever posts you find useful, and you'll easily find them again without any need for a search.

And: this is the Beta.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

How does it determine relevance if you only have one keyword? Also isn't it searching on all tags, not just mine? Or is it only searching on my tags?

P.S. For a Beta, D-Word is amazing. No major complaints. Just suggestions for the next version if and when it comes.

Kurt Engfehr
Pro

thing about the tags is that, we didn't tag shit a few years ago.

Peter Gerard
Pro

we will have search by user and different sort options in the next version... some time in the next few months. The search-my-tags-only thing is also in the pipeline...

How does it determine relevance? Tags first (as Ben said) and then using a full-text search algorithm. If you really want to understand it, see here but it's awfully technical.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

Peter, silent man behind the architecture, thank you again for devoting so much time to structuring this with the co-helmers. Happy New Year.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Hosts, FYI, I just did a search on "batteries" to find the very helpful post that Kurt recently posted related to the new restrictions on lithium batteries so I could share the info with someone offlist. I did find the post, but ahead of it were other posts with the word "batteries," all of which were older posts and none of which were tagged (Kurt's posting was tagged). Just thought you should know...

Chris Hinrichs
Fan

I'm new here, so forgive me if I'm posting this in the wrong place. This may be less of a help issue than it is a request. I just registered to get my "enthusiast" designation and have really been enjoying exploring the areas of this site I have access to. One of the things I know I (and I would guess many others in my shoes) would benefit from is some sort of public forum containing documentary reviews or recommendations. I am always looking for suggestions from people who are as into docs as I am. I live in a rural area, which limits my ability to see more obscure films (ones not available on Netflix). I'm not sure how complicated something like this would be, but it's just a thought. Thanks so much for this site! I'm glad I found it.

Doug Block
Host

good suggestion, chris. we had a favorite docs topic for a while, but it petered out in time and we archived it. alas, accessible to d-word members only. it's well worth thinking of doing something public in that way.

Robert Goodman
Pro

could do a list of the favorite films of d-worders – a doc filmmakers list of films for doc lovers – based on the multiple lists and recommends we've all made over the years.

Le Sheng Liu
Pro

Has anyone suggested the feature of allowing registered users of this site to send msgs to each other? The general format of the topics board here is kinda new to me and I'm still trying to get used to it. But the tagging feature helps a lot!

Robert Goodman
Pro

if you fill out your profile we have access to your email address for private messages.

Robert Bahar
Pro

I love the new D-Word and its simplicity has really helped me get more involved. Thanks to everyone for all of the incredible work that went into this new platform!

I do have a question/possible feature request. Is there a way for me to use one e-mail address to receive my e-mail digest from D-word but then to a display a different e-mail in my profile? This would be convenient as I'm guessing that, like me, many people have multiple e-mail addresses and use some for list subscriptions, some for business contact, etc.

Functionally, I guess this would mean that instead of having the option under "settings" to hide e-mail address, there would be two options: one to hide primary e-mail address and another to hide "other" e-mail address.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Thanks for your proposal, Robert.

Does anyone else see the need for this?

Matt Dubuque
Pro

Ben, that would be useful (but not esssential) for me also.

I would also like a feature where I could be permanently logged in at all times, i.e. where your server would remember my IP address.

But again, these are not critical isues. It's an awesome site and I'd love to earn my membership soon!

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