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.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Thanks for pointing this out. It should be working now. Please let us know if it's not...

Rhonda Moskowitz
Pro

What do D-Worders and hosts think about starting a "Social Media" separate topic thread to cover issues using Facebook, Twitter,etc. & whatever new forms will arise? Social media may span different topics (marketing, distribution, fundraising, etc.), but I know some D-Worders are starting to use social media with varying results.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

plus, anything that takes your mind of your healing-arm pain gets my support...

Rhonda Moskowitz
Pro

Sean Flynn should post about his use of Twitter. He has some good tips.

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

I'm having an iPhone glitch when trying to post on D-word. If I hit the back/delete button, it erases either the whole word, the whole sentence or the whole post. It only happens (so far) on D-word. Any suggestions?

Ben Kempas
Pro

Is this a recent thing or has it been like this all along? Can other iPhone users confirm?

(Note to self: Start a separate fund-raising drive for a mobile version.)

David Herman
Pro

suggest you join the rest of us plebs sitting calmly behind their computers interacting on the d-word.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Well, The D-Word was never designed for mobile phones. But it runs fine on mine (Nokia E90). However, we could do a poll and see how many people want a streamlined version with less data load for their phones.

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

The data load is fine. Actually, D-word is one of the faster loads at home on my slow connection. It's just the typing deal that is the problem.

Marj Safinia
Host

I used to have that problem, but I'm not aware of it any more. Have you done a iPhone software update Mikal? That might help.

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

Huh, no, but I've only had it a couple months and they updated it when I bought it. I think the new software is available. I'll check on that...

David W Grant
Fan

Just wondering if the category "Video Essay" has any traction? Not 'documentary' in the purist sense. I'd call the docu-drama sections of the video I'm working on "documentation of the future".

John Burgan
Host

This topic is for questions about The D-Word, David- but FWIW, "Video Essay" is fine – although it might not ring everyone's bell.

David W Grant
Fan

Hi, John, Hope to see you at Folklife Festival. I'll be there mid-day Saturday. Will you?
I thought this section was also for 'ideas for future D-Word ... projects' ... such as attention to video essays. Where, then, would that suggestion best be made?

Ben Kempas
Pro

Actually, the topics suggested by John are only accessible to Members of The D-Word, not to Enthusiasts. But there's always the Mentoring Room for these kinds of questions.

Celia Lowenstein
Pro

Hello. I am new to D-word and have just been employed by National Geographic in Washington as a Producer/Director. I have been asked to produce an insurance certificate for general liability and wonder if anyone has a broker I can contact or an insurance company who works with documentary filmmakers and can provide this kind of insurance. I live in New York and commute to D.C. thanks.

Doug Block
Host

Celia, I highly recommend Charles Whelan Insurance Agency. Chuck works out of Washington State but handles my liability insurance. He's great to work with and gets good rates. Can't hurt to say I referred you:

ph: 253-840-5137
cwinsurance@comcast.net

Ben Kempas
Pro

Just to remind people again, this Help topic is about The D-Word platform, not about help with documentary questions... :-)

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

Here's a little bug, Peter, in case you don't already know about it. Underscores at each end of the word italicize the word, but it doesn't work to try to italicize part of a word. E.g. to highlight a difference in emphasis such as "_re_volution vs. evolution." It renders with the underscores instead of "re" being italicized.

Peter Gerard
Pro

I suppose that is by design... The underscores to italics feature is part of an open-source text-processing plug-in we are using, and the rules are designed to work in most cases while ideally not breaking special formatting (such as urls). If we made it always italicise characters between 2 underscores, we could make some mistakes, which is why the feature is designed to only italicise if there are spaces around the underscores. If you've followed discussion here about the strikethrough feature you'll see why it could cause problems to allow formatting of partial-words.

Nikia Furman
Pro

I'm working on an outdoor sport documentary series, my second series actually. Both have been for non-profit organizations, so often no permit is required by the US Forest Service, US Parks, BLM, Etc. However, some representatives will flat out refuse to give a permit- say for following 1 person through a wilderness area with a small camera and tripod and two crew members. I have three frustrations with the process- 1. Responses are inconsistent- sometimes yes, sometimes no. 2. There are no rules that apply to non-profit- they only talk about commercials where there are paid talent or products being sold, and 3. Isn't that a violation of free speech to say you can't document someone's experience?

Ben Kempas
Pro

Nikia, this topic is for questions with our discussion software. Your question could go into topics like Directing , Production , or the Legal Corner .

[Oh, I just saw you already posted in Legal. So no double-postings, please...]
Molly McKinley
Fan

Is there a way to sort the members list by location? I'd like to see who else (if anyone else...) is living in Santa Fe.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Go to the People Page and click on "Advanced Search" Seem to be 6 of you living in Santa Fe.

Molly McKinley
Fan

okay, so I couldn't figure it out. Once I've clicked on "People", I have only "search". If I click the upper 'search' button without entering any info, I get 'advanced search' option, but then I'm not on the 'people' page, but have a list of topics to choose from. Both searches I've done from here ('tags and content' or just 'tags') don't get me the list...do I have to be a full member perhaps?

Laura Moire Paglin
Pro

This may be slightly off topic – but I tried to join the D-Word "network" on Facebook. It asked for a valid email address, which I supplied. But nothing worked.

Ben Kempas
Pro

The Network is only for people running The D-Word who have a d-word.com email address. You could join The D-Word Group .

Ben Kempas
Pro

By the way, I made sort of a surprise visit to Peter yesterday and checked on his progress with the next milestone of The D-Word software. Everything is on track, film profiles and embedded video look great, and most new features will be ready for our 10th anniversary.

Laura Moire Paglin
Pro

Dear Sirs – Can you tell me where I would post incriminating photos from Indie Film Week? Thank you.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

The Photo Album?

Or in the fifth trashcan in the alley behind the boarded up store between the two Chinese herb shops around the corner. Please deposit the photos in a fastened purple envelope which should say "Mr. Jones' x-rays" in Sanskrit on the cover.

Gregory Rossi
Pro

Can I remove or edit a post of mine? I thought I saw someone do this once but looked through the help topics and can't find my way...

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