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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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Doug Block
Sun 31 May 2009Link

Yup, calling all twits...


Mikal Jakubal
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

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?


Magdalena Hutter
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

Same thing here...


Ben Kempas
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

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
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

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


Ben Kempas
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

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
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

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
Fri 19 Jun 2009Link

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
Fri 19 Jun 2009Link

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...


Mikal Jakubal
Mon 22 Jun 2009Link

Latest iPhone upgrade seems to have fixed it.


David W Grant
Wed 24 Jun 2009Link

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
Wed 24 Jun 2009Link

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
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

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?


John Burgan
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

Your question could have gone in Developing Stories or Works in Progress

I was briefly at the festival today, off to NY tomorrow but back early July, maybe see you then...

Edited Thu 25 Jun 2009 by John Burgan

Ben Kempas
Fri 26 Jun 2009Link

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.

Edited Fri 26 Jun 2009 by Ben Kempas

Celia Lowenstein
Tue 30 Jun 2009Link

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
Tue 30 Jun 2009Link Tag

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
Wed 1 Jul 2009Link

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


Mikal Jakubal
Mon 27 Jul 2009Link

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
Tue 28 Jul 2009Link

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
Tue 28 Jul 2009Link

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
Tue 28 Jul 2009Link

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...]
Edited Tue 28 Jul 2009 by Ben Kempas

Molly McKinley
Fri 21 Aug 2009Link

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
Fri 21 Aug 2009Link

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


Doug Block
Fri 21 Aug 2009Link

Wish I were.


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