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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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Ben Kempas
Sun 9 Sep 2007Link

Welcome to The NEW D-Word.

To make the transition from the New Cafe as easy as possible, Peter did his best to make sure you'll find everything already in place. With one exception: Your count of new postings has been reset.

But from now on, the count will hopefully work in the same way you've been used to.


Ben Kempas
Sun 9 Sep 2007Link

Not only for the smooth transition, Peter Gerard does deserve the highest praise for weeks and months of work on The NEW D-Word.

Thank you very much, Peter, and thank you to all the Members of The D-Word who contributed to making this happen.


John Burgan
Sun 9 Sep 2007Link

Peter's done a really great job, working day and night fixing, adjusting and improving all you see here.

While some of us have just been beta-testing as users, let's not overlook the many, many dedicated hours put in by our co-host Ben Kempas.

Buy these guys a pint.


Marj Safinia
Sun 9 Sep 2007Link

Ooh this is so exciting, and a little overwhelming. But WELL DONE PETER!! I'm very impressed. Thank you!


Tom Furtwangler
Sun 9 Sep 2007Link

Rockin!


Ben Kempas
Sun 9 Sep 2007Link

Folks, check your profiles ... If you've used HTML in your previous profile, you'll need to get rid of those HTML tags manually.

Edited Sun 9 Sep 2007 by Ben Kempas

Ben Kempas
Sun 9 Sep 2007Link

If you get any server errors, including those saying "We're sorry but something went wrong, please let us know here. Carefully describe what you did when it happened.


Joe Moulins
Sun 9 Sep 2007Link

Congratulations and thanks to Peter, Ben and anyone else who helped make this happen.
It looks so...2007!


Doug Block
Sun 9 Sep 2007Link

Wow, Tom, so that's what you look like! What silly said that seeing our images would dampen the experience?


Ben Kempas
Sun 9 Sep 2007Link

I'm getting errors when using the link to read postings after mine. The general "Read New Postings" link seems to work fine.

I'm sure Peter will look into this once he had some sleep...


Basil Shadid
Sun 9 Sep 2007Link

Well, I'm glad to see this live. It looks good.


Ben Kempas
Sun 9 Sep 2007Link

Thanks for helping to break it as an Alpha tester...


Senain Kheshgi
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

Congrats guys! I was so happy to get the email that things were up and running! I've been stranded at the airport in Barcelona for the last 12 hours. Perfect timing to play around in the new D-word.


David Herman
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

whoops, I am about to double post, cause the other was in playing around as I didn't notice help. How do I change my password back to something I can remember?


Ben Kempas
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

David, see here ...

Edited Mon 10 Sep 2007 by Ben Kempas

Peter Gerard
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Mon 10 Sep 2007 :

Uh oh... something broke already?! I guess I'll have to fix it...


Ben Kempas
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

Yes, I'm getting them all the time, but only with the "after yours" link. Am I the only one?


Peter Gerard
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

Just fixed it!


David Herman
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

Peter, "the fixer" Gerard. Only thing I don't like is being called member. Kind of makes me self conscious and wonder what a female member should be called.

Edited Mon 10 Sep 2007 by The Webmaster

Peter Gerard
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

Yes, I'm the fixer all right, and I can even fix your post so there's an "r" at the end of my first name!


Milt Lee
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

OK I read the instructions, and now I see that the links are to the posts that are in the various topics.


Erica Ginsberg
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

So far so good. THANK YOU PETER! AND BEN. AND DOUG. AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO WAS A PART OF MAKING THE NEW D-WORD HAPPEN. Sorry I'm yelling. I'm just so bloody excited.


Milt Lee
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

It could be that I need to look a little further, but are you going to have instructions, or panels that show the tools you can use - on the posting pages? It would be wonderful.
Thanks,
Milt


Peter Gerard
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

Click on the little blue ? icon above the posting box for posting instructions. Or click "Help" in the menu at the top of the page for general instructions. Anything else, just ask here!


Peter Gerard
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

Erica, Glad you like it!


Joe Moulins
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

Long live the search function!


Ben Kempas
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

Milt, there's also the Help page that you can access from the top menu. You'll find a "Quick Guide" that I wrote very quickly, so it still lacks sophistication and illustration. (Volunteers needed to improve it.)


Christopher Wong
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

Peter (& Ben), thanks so much for the new version. I love it already... Methinks the updated site will save me at least 15 minutes of D-word browsing a day; of course, since it's so easy, I'll probably be wasting time, er, posting even more than before. Great job!


Niam Itani
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

Thanks Peter, Ben, Doug, John, and everybody else!!! This is addictive. RIP Facebook, lol


Marj Safinia
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link Tag

Okay, a couple of other questions that come up for me -- just suggestions for the future "to-do" list, perhaps?

  1. spell check for postings (I think we had talked about this at one point)]
  2. when email notification of posting following yours occurs, can it tell you who posted after you instead of just saying "someone"?

Edited Tue 11 Sep 2007 by Marj Safinia

John Burgan
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link

Most modern browsers will provide automatic spell check - and who's to decide the default spelling for an inbuilt D-Word checker - "color" or "colour"?

You say tomato...


Simone Fary
Mon 10 Sep 2007Link Tag

Got the error the first time I tried to upload my photo. Was trying to do 3 different things at once, I'm sure it was because it was way too big and a TIFF. When I reduced it and converted to JPEG it was fine, but might be nice to give the specs for photos. Otherwise, a fabulous job, congratulations.


Ben Kempas
Tue 11 Sep 2007Link

It would be nice if everybody could upload a picture than we can easily identify them with.

This doesn't have to be a portrait of yourself, it can as well be a picture of your camera, your cat, or a still from a film you made.


Margot Roth
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

I'm not sure if this was covered already-- but i noticed in my first post when i tried to use a couple sets of dashes ( - ) it did a strike-thru thingie. I previewed the post first and changed it to single dashes. Is that a bug or are you not s'posed to use double-dashes? Cuz god knows-me-- and Emily Dickinson-we loves-the long-dash. -

oh look i did it again!

p.s. Peter et al: you guys rock! this was a LOT of work. wow.


Ben Kempas
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

Margot, welcome back! I think I'm going to upload your eye surgery picture as your user profile picture...

I think we should get rid of the strike-through feature altogether. It's kind of a leftover from other markup tools, and it'll be more painful than useful.

Edited Wed 12 Sep 2007 by Ben Kempas

Erica Ginsberg
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

Margot, is that an art piece by your friend you are using for your image? I was kind of hoping for the eyelid picture, but this one's pretty cool.

I think you can do the double dash without it crossing things out, but only if there's a space between the dashes and the word -- like this.


John Burgan
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

Banana installation? The search function is your friend


Ben Kempas
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

John with a better memory than Erica? I'm impressed (by the search function).


Christopher Pavsek
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

where are the instructions for how to do markup? i can't find them....perhaps i have a bug

i like the -strike-through-! Don't get rid of it! it reminds me of jacques derrida


Ben Kempas
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

See the blue question mark icon above the post, to the right of your location?

And who's Jaques Derrida?

Edited Wed 12 Sep 2007 by Ben Kempas

John Burgan
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

A Frenchman famous for his ability to -(censored)-


Marj Safinia
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link Tag

Derrida

I -like- love the strikethrough too. Please don't get rid of it.

I thought Margot's picture was maggots, not bananas.

About help: Still having problems making the "link to another topic" work using cut and paste from the blue formatting questions mark thing.

{Doc Bar & Grill}


Riley Morton
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

2 questions.
i try to make my photo my default so you can actually see me at left, and it is now my default photo, but doesn't seem to have the intended effect (does the system need some time to update?)

2 i can't seem to change my password from the d-word created random one. when i try to on my profile page, and hit 'save' it tells me that my email is already in use.

other than that, i'm absolutely blown away by the new d-word. soooo great!


Christopher Pavsek
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

whoah! that's cool.


Ben Kempas
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

Marj - as I said elsewhere, I think it doesn't like the "&" sign. We might have to rename the topic the Doc Bar and Grill.

Riley - I suspect this has to do with your sign-up for a third account after we already imported two different ones. Seems like Peter needs to do some database clean-up...


Riley Morton
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

you are probably right, Ben.
sorry about the headache.

bigger photo didn't work.


Margot Roth
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

Ben I don't see the blue question mark... maybe only the hosts have it? I see the reply, link, and tag icons only.

Also, I'm all for a strikethrough function, but could it be changed to some other code-- so peeps using dashes don't do it accidentally?

Last but not least, D-Worders got mad memory skillz!!!! Yes, that's a pile of bananas my artist pal Doug Fishbone assembled in NY. (He's done them all over the world, actually.) It was a photo I had handy on my desktop. But if the peeps want the eyelid pictures, I can certainly oblige.....


Marj Safinia
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

Margot - blue questions mark in the top right hand corner of this yellow posting box


Margot Roth
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

Ahhh! thanks Marj


Peter Gerard
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

I'll fix the formatting thing in due time. It's not meant to strikethrough unless there's white-space on either side so that you can still have a double-dash.

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