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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
Fri 29 Feb 2008Link

That's weird – it only seems to allow for the year that was set originally plus the following five years.

I think we can officially confirm this as a bug. :-)


Ben Kempas
Fri 29 Feb 2008Link

I've been informed that the server hosting The D-Word had a brief outage from 00:39 GMT today. I hope nobody was affected by this. Apologies if you were.


Peter Gerard
Sat 1 Mar 2008Link

I'm looking into the birthdate bug...

And just to let everyone know, our host is going to move our server as a precaution against another outage. So the site will be down for about 5 to 10 minutes sometime between 05:00 and 0:700 GMT on Monday 3 March. Apologies again, but this should cause minimal disturbance and will insure further stability.


Peter Gerard
Sat 1 Mar 2008Link

Those of you concerned about celebrating the wrong birthday can now adjust your profile and rest at ease. I fixed the bug and it will now let you choose any age between 12 and 100. If your age falls outside of those bounds, please let me know and I'll expand the options.


Robert Goodman
Sun 2 Mar 2008Link

One hopes that someone makes it necessary to expand beyond 100. smile.


Lenville O'Donnell
Fri 21 Mar 2008Link

Fearless Leaders:
I have a request. It would be nice to be able to spell my last name correctly here on the mighty D. One is not allowed to have an apostrophe (and probably hyphen or any other common symbol used in names), and it's not permitted to have two capital letters in one word. I'm sure there are a few other D-Mc's, Mac's, or O'Whatevers who would also appreciate. I suppose I could simply sign each and every post, spelling it correctly. But the D-Cops wouldn't like that....
Very Truly Yours,
Lenville O'Donnell


Ben Kempas
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

Lenville, this will be fixed with the next update of our software.


Lenville O'Donnell
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

Okey doke... thanks!


Boyd McCollum
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

Lenville, I just figured it was jealousy, that they didn't want us to have too much pride – kinda like "Hey Laddie, why should you get to have 2 capitals letters in your name?" But alas, it's only a software thing...

Edited Sat 22 Mar 2008 by Boyd McCollum

Ben Kempas
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

Well, I just put an apotostrophe into Lenville's name, and if you don't watch out, I'll make you a Mc'collum.


Lenville O'Donnell
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

Wow, thanks, Ben! And it didn't hurt a bit...


Boyd McCollum
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

or M'CCollum. Wow, that'd be 3 capital letters in my name. And an apostrophe. I feel like a Scots-Irish-Vulcan!


Ben Kempas
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

Well, apologies to Vulcan and everyone affected by this. I hate it when names are messed with. Peter will fix this ASAP.


Boyd McCollum
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

No worries Ben (at least for me), considering how good this site is, this is the equivalent of fine tuning/polishing an edit. Now can you imagine what would happen if you made the name field editable like the location?

Btw, many thanks to you and Peter for the continued work that you put in on the site. Very much appreciated!


Peter Gerard
Sat 22 Mar 2008Link

It's fixed now. I don't know how Ben snuck that apostrophe through four hours ago...

But this change leaves it in our own hands to judge how to capitalize our own names....


Ben Kempas
Mon 24 Mar 2008Link

That's pretty cool. I already corrected Boyd's name. (As for the others, please do it yourselves! Just promise not to give us ALL CAPS, OK?)


Lenville O'Donnell
Mon 24 Mar 2008Link

Groovy, guys... thanks!


Boyd McCollum
Tue 25 Mar 2008Link

Danke Ben!


Bill Kerrigan
Sun 6 Apr 2008Link

Can anyone recommend a fixer / production manager in Peshawar Pakistan.


Ben Kempas
Sun 6 Apr 2008Link

Wrong topic, mate. Please post in Classifieds (Public or Members-only).


Bill Kerrigan
Sun 6 Apr 2008Link

Thank you.


Rob Appleby
Tue 15 Apr 2008Link

For some reason, I can't get the search function to work. This may have been dealt with somewhere, but... I can't get the search function to work. Any suggestions? (I have cookies enabled, btw).


Peter Gerard
Tue 15 Apr 2008Link

What are you searching for? You need more than two characters in the search.


Rob Appleby
Wed 16 Apr 2008Link

Well, I was looking for "Schoeps", "Inconvenient Truth", "pmw ex1", things like that.


Ben Kempas
Sat 19 Apr 2008Link

The search function appears to work fine. What browser (version) and operating system (version) are you using?


Mark Barroso
Fri 25 Apr 2008Link

I think I'm the only person on the planet that doesn't know how to use the hyperlink feature. Can someone 'splain how I can type a word and have it link to my trailer on youtbe.

I searched the pages and found nothing, so I swallowed my pride (not so hard once you get use to it) and am asking for help


Christopher Wong
Fri 25 Apr 2008Link

mark, in order to link to a site you have to do the following:

(quotation mark)visit my site(quotation mark):www.yourlink.com

note: the part between the quotation marks can have spaces and be any length you choose

Edited Fri 25 Apr 2008 by Christopher Wong

Mark Barroso
Fri 25 Apr 2008Link

Thanks, Christopher. Don't tell anyone I asked.


Ben Kempas
Fri 25 Apr 2008Link

Mark, just click the blue question mark icon on the top right of the text box you're writing in, and it'll give you the whole range of linking and formatting options.


Mark Barroso
Sat 26 Apr 2008Link

It's amazing what you can do on the internets.


Peter Gerard
Sun 11 May 2008Link

This morning I completed a move of our database. Apologies for the inconvenience caused. This change should improve stability of the website.


Ben Kempas
Sun 11 May 2008Link

Thanks, Peter. I had never even noticed any instability... You do great work behind the scenes!


Doug Block
Sun 11 May 2008Link

here here!


John Burgan
Sun 11 May 2008Link

There, there. And even hear hear!


Lenville O'Donnell
Mon 12 May 2008Link

Yes, thanks, I noticed. Now about the speed....


Peter Gerard
Tue 13 May 2008Link

I'll be making a few more performance updates over the next few weeks before building the new features as part of our "Milestone 2" update... Stay tuned...


Peter Gerard
Tue 13 May 2008Link

I've just made another wee upgrade. I will make a major upgrade next week.

I will post info about planned downtime soon.

Thanks for your patience!


Peter Gerard
Tue 13 May 2008Link

OK, I apologize for the long period of downtime today. We had a server emergency this morning which required me to move the entire site to a new server. This took longer than I expected, but it has great benefits. I ended up doing next week's major upgrade today!

The server software has been updated to the latest versions and we are using some new and efficient technologies that will speed things along on The D-Word. Enjoy!


Jo-Anne Velin
Tue 13 May 2008Link

Thanks Peter, and though I haven't conducted a poll, this probably mirrors the appreciation of the full stable...! (By the way, it does feel faster).


Ben Kempas
Tue 13 May 2008Link

It does feel much, much faster now, doesn't it? (But maybe that's because those people who usually spend their whole day on The D-Word simply couldn't log on during the downtime.)


Lenville O'Donnell
Tue 13 May 2008Link

Go Speed Racer!

Already big improvement in velocity... thanks!


Doug Block
Tue 13 May 2008Link

well done, peter. thanks for improvising on your feet.


Ben Kempas
Tue 13 May 2008Link

Turns out it takes a bit longer for some people to get back on... This is because the new server for d-word.com needs to be propagated around the net first. No need to worry, and nothing has been lost! Good night...


Joe Moulins
Tue 13 May 2008Link

I haven't been able to connect at all today..Still can't through my own access point.
I'm borrowing a neighbour's wifi in order to write this. Weird.


Christopher Wong
Tue 13 May 2008Link

don't know if this relates to you, joe, but when i typed in "d-word.com", all i got was a page that said "It Works!" when i typed in "www.d-word.com", then i got in without any problem...


Joe Moulins
Wed 14 May 2008Link

Yay..it's back.


Peter Gerard
Wed 14 May 2008Link

If you're having trouble with DNS propagation (meaning you can't access d-word.com or www.d-word.com), you can try changing your computer's DNS servers.

Try OpenDNS for a free alternative to your ISP's DNS:
https://www.opendns.com/start


Jason Osder
Thu 15 May 2008Link

Hi, I have noticed that other people have more than one URL listed under website on their profile. I too have several URLs that I think would interest the community. How can I do this?


Ben Kempas
Thu 15 May 2008Link

There's a field "Other website" when you're editing your profile.

Also, you can just put URLs into your bio.


Jason Osder
Thu 15 May 2008Link

I don't get that field – is it only for members? I'm planning to apply to be a member, but wanted to get my profile together first.


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