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

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
[Post moved to http://www.d-word.com/topics/show/69?post=127191]
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.

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