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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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Marth Christensen
Thu 31 Oct 2013Link

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.


Annmarie Pisano
Thu 31 Oct 2013Link

I'm seeing the same thing, Marth.


Doug Block
Sat 2 Nov 2013Link

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


Peter Gerard
Sun 3 Nov 2013Link

Sorry for the delay – it's now ironed out!


Maria Niro
Tue 5 Nov 2013Link

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
Tue 5 Nov 2013Link

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)


Maria Niro
Tue 5 Nov 2013Link

Thanks John. Will do!


Vivian Kleiman
Fri 27 Dec 2013Link

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
Fri 27 Dec 2013Link

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
Mon 24 Feb 2014Link

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.

Edited Mon 24 Feb 2014 by Mikal Jakubal

Doug Block
Mon 24 Feb 2014Link

Good thought, Mikal. But please post again in the special 15 For 15 campaign topic. That's what it's there for. Well, among other things.

Edited Mon 24 Feb 2014 by Doug Block

Cheree Dillon
Fri 28 Feb 2014Link

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!


David Herman
Sat 1 Mar 2014Link

Did you contribute $10 to the Scottish film board?


Peter Gerard
Sat 1 Mar 2014Link

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!

Edited Sat 1 Mar 2014 by Peter Gerard

Cheree Dillon
Mon 3 Mar 2014Link

In reply to Peter Gerard's post on Sat 1 Mar 2014 :

Thanks for the reply, makes total sense!


Mark Barroso
Fri 11 Apr 2014Link

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.


John Burgan
Fri 11 Apr 2014Link

Try clearing your browser cache?


Ben Kempas
Fri 11 Apr 2014Link

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.

Edited Fri 11 Apr 2014 by Ben Kempas

Vivian Kleiman
Tue 6 May 2014Link

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


Marj Safinia
Wed 7 May 2014Link

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
Mon 9 Jun 2014Link

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.

Edited Mon 9 Jun 2014 by Ben Kempas

Marj Safinia
Mon 9 Jun 2014Link

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.


Marj Safinia
Mon 9 Jun 2014Link

(BTW, that's a really big dog you have)


Mark Barroso
Fri 8 Aug 2014Link

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
Sat 9 Aug 2014Link

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


Doug Block
Sat 9 Aug 2014Link

In reply to Mark Barroso's post on Fri 8 Aug 2014 :

We'll email Peter G and see what he has to say, Mark. But have to agree offhand with John's analysis.


Mark Barroso
Sun 10 Aug 2014Link

Thanks, gents. Very kind of you.


Ben Kempas
Mon 11 Aug 2014Link

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


Vivian Kleiman
Mon 18 Aug 2014Link

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
Tue 19 Aug 2014Link

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.


Jason Osder
Thu 28 Aug 2014Link

Hey, trying to post a YouTube video in Doc Films, but no worky :(

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RQb2z0oS10


Erica Ginsberg
Thu 28 Aug 2014Link

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


Jason Osder
Thu 28 Aug 2014Link

I thought that might be it.


Andy Schocken
Mon 1 Sep 2014Link

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
Sun 7 Sep 2014Link

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

Edited Sun 7 Sep 2014 by Mikal Jakubal

Niam Itani
Sat 20 Sep 2014Link

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
Tue 23 Sep 2014Link

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
Tue 23 Sep 2014Link

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
Tue 23 Sep 2014Link

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
Wed 24 Sep 2014Link

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
Thu 25 Sep 2014Link

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


Andy Schocken
Thu 25 Sep 2014Link

Thanks, that works. Never knew about that.


Erica Ginsberg
Tue 30 Sep 2014Link

In reply to Christopher Pavsek's post on Tue 23 Sep 2014 :

Peter Gerard reports he fixed the bug. I double-posted in Bar since Pavsek wasn't able to access this topic.


Karney Hatch
Thu 16 Oct 2014Link

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?


Doug Block
Thu 16 Oct 2014Link

Wasn't deleted.

Show hidden content

Timothy Fryett
Thu 20 Nov 2014Link

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
Fri 21 Nov 2014Link

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

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


Timothy Fryett
Fri 21 Nov 2014Link

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...


Doug Block
Sat 22 Nov 2014Link

 Maybe time to get a new computer :)


Bill Kerrigan
Sun 7 Dec 2014Link

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

Thanks!


Kurt Engfehr
Mon 8 Dec 2014Link

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
Mon 8 Dec 2014Link

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.


Kurt Engfehr
Tue 9 Dec 2014Link

alright. that works. thanks.


Laura Moire Paglin
Thu 11 Dec 2014Link

What happen to the 'hidden section' function?


Erica Ginsberg
Thu 11 Dec 2014Link

It's still there. It's just called Page Break (it's the icon to the right of the paperclip attachment icon). Show hidden content

Edited Thu 11 Dec 2014 by Erica Ginsberg

Laura Moire Paglin
Fri 12 Dec 2014Link

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?

Edited Fri 12 Dec 2014 by Laura Moire Paglin

Niam Itani
Fri 12 Dec 2014Link

Laura! Show hidden content


Doug Block
Fri 12 Dec 2014Link

In reply to Kurt Engfehr's post on Mon 8 Dec 2014:

Kurt, in the new design links will open in a new window by default.


Laura Moire Paglin
Sat 13 Dec 2014Link

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.


Niam Itani
Sat 13 Dec 2014Link

You will need to type under the "box" :)


Laura Moire Paglin
Sat 13 Dec 2014Link

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?

Edited Sat 13 Dec 2014 by Laura Moire Paglin

Marilyn Pennell
Mon 15 Dec 2014Link

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
Tue 16 Dec 2014Link

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


Marilyn Pennell
Tue 16 Dec 2014Link

Oh, sorry - I thought I was there. Oops :)


Ben Edwards
Mon 12 Jan 2015Link

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
Mon 12 Jan 2015Link

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
Mon 12 Jan 2015Link

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.")

Edited Mon 12 Jan 2015 by Erica Ginsberg

Mitch Teplitsky
Tue 13 Jan 2015Link

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
Tue 13 Jan 2015Link

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
Tue 13 Jan 2015Link

In reply to Kurt Engfehr's post on Tue 13 Jan 2015:

Strange. It worked for me. What are the specs on how you are posting (PC or Mac, operating system, browser, etc.)


Erica Ginsberg
Tue 13 Jan 2015Link

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).


Kurt Engfehr
Tue 13 Jan 2015Link

Mac 10.8.5


Mitch Teplitsky
Wed 14 Jan 2015Link

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
Wed 14 Jan 2015Link

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
Wed 14 Jan 2015Link

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.


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