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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
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.

(Hidden section for the technically interested...)

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Margot Roth
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

So, this is a question re: public/private topics. This topic is public, right... but if there's a link in here to another thread that's in the private area, what happens when non-members click on that link?


Christopher Pavsek
Wed 12 Sep 2007Link

is there only a "Public" "introduce yourself" topic. Perhaps a private one would be good?


Peter Gerard
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

In reply to Margot Roth's post on Thu 13 Sep 2007 :

If Enthusiasts visit a link to a Members-only topic they will not be allowed in.


Ben Kempas
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Chris - Two "Introduce Yourself" topics would be too confusing for everyone. That's what we agreed on back in March when we discussed the specs with the community. And I think it works really well the way it is now.


Ben Kempas
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Having said this, we didn't just merge the Intro topics of the previous Forum and Community conferences and made it public. We've always said that everything that was originally posted in a private topic will stay private. So if you need to access the old "private" Intros, they are here: OLD D-Word Community: Introduce (members-only link)


Doug Block
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

peter and ben thought of evvvvvverythinggggg...


Ben Kempas
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Are you all aware of the My Topics options? You can totally customise your D-Word experience now by having an individual selection of topics and receiving email disgests (which still look a bit rough right now but we'll improve that).


Danielle Beverly
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Awesome that links automatically get created, without having to do this anymore: <link>. Well done!


Ben Kempas
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

The <> was only to prevent long links from breaking when being wrapped.

I think you should upload a photo of the Westy as your profile pic, Danielle.


Danielle Beverly
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

You think so? Kind of small. But it is the only photo I have that is recent. Truthfully I'm not ready to put up a photo. Maybe later this week though...


Christopher Pavsek
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Suggestion: on each particular topic page (like here, in Help) a little pop-up menu that lets gives you a list of all topics so you can jump directly to another one without going back to the Topics List Page.

I would also suggest, though I know it's been discussed, that a private intro topic would be nice nonetheless...i don't want to read every into from the enthusiasts and i imagine not everyone wants to introduce themselves to the enthusiasts; i don't know. i don't think it'd be confusing--it could appear in the social topics for the private one and in the public space for the public one.....

But frankly, as it all is now, this is very cool and i'd be happy with it with no changes at all..............

Edited Thu 13 Sep 2007 by Christopher Pavsek

Doug Block
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Peter, Ben, don't see anything in the Help section about doing html within a post. So, how does one do things like bold and italicize within the posts here?


John Burgan
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Click the blue question mark immediately to the right of your location >>>


Joe Moulins
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

Sweeeeeet!


Marj Safinia
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

I'm shocked, Doug. Have you not been paying attention at all? ;P


Doug Block
Thu 13 Sep 2007Link

well i'll be durned. we were so focused on getting the Help section done that i didn't even see this.


Basil Shadid
Fri 14 Sep 2007Link

I've got a question. I tried posting a link earlier that has underscores in it. The new D-Word reformatted the link. It took the underscores out and made one of the last two words italic.

Here's the link:
http://www.jeroenwijering.com/?item=FlashvideoPlayer

How would I post the full link without the formatting engine touching it?

Edited Fri 14 Sep 2007 by Basil Shadid

Peter Gerard
Fri 14 Sep 2007Link

Sorry Basil, This is a "known issue" that I'm going to fix as soon as I have a chance...


Basil Shadid
Fri 14 Sep 2007Link

Thanks for all your hard work Peter!


Rhonda Moskowitz
Sat 15 Sep 2007Link

Wow! The changes are amazing! A huge thanks to Peter, John, Ben, Doug and anyone else who has made these terrific improvements! I'm still getting used to it, but it's so much better now. You've taken this already great site to a new level. Your efforts are very much appreciated! Peter, it looks like you've done the lions share, correct?


Christopher Pavsek
Mon 17 Sep 2007Link

in response to ben's post of david's subaquatic snoring---how big an attachment is too big nowadays?


Ben Kempas
Mon 17 Sep 2007Link

We'll cut you off at 50 MB (subject to change).


Peter Gerard
Mon 17 Sep 2007Link

Chris, what browser and OS are you using when the Preview "wipes" the attachment?

And by the way, I fixed the bug Kurt was having in the Photo Album. You can now have commas and exclamation points and whatever else you want in file names...


Erica Ginsberg
Tue 18 Sep 2007Link

Is it possible to take out (or fix) the crossout command with the hyphens. I have found myself having to redo posts (and have noticed it in others' posts) because we are accustomed to using hyphens in our normal writing. Probably it is more useful for us to be able to use hyphens than to cross words out. Or is there another command that could be used for crossouts that doesn't match a normally grammatical markings?


Ben Kempas
Tue 18 Sep 2007Link

Others advocated to keep the function. I wouldn't mind taking it out.


Christopher Pavsek
Tue 18 Sep 2007Link

peter--i was using safari (2.0.4) and osx 10.4.10.

i'll try it with firefox and let you know what happens....


Christopher Pavsek
Tue 18 Sep 2007Link

bulghur wheat makes me -fart-


Christopher Pavsek
Tue 18 Sep 2007Link

whaddayaknow. with firefox it works fine and with safari it doesn't


Christopher Pavsek
Tue 18 Sep 2007Link

but where did the post go that i mad ewith firefox? how weird? does anyone see it?

i said in it: bulghur wheat makes me -fart- and there was a picture of the cabinet of dr. caligari....it's gone!


Christopher Pavsek
Tue 18 Sep 2007Link

oh, i found it. it's int he play topic. oops. apologies for all the stupid posts. i had a long day and drank too much wine thereafter.


Niam Itani
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

This is double posted please delete the one in Play...

Peter there is something I am going to try to explain:

I click on read topics with new listings. So they start opening one topic after the other. I pass by Finding Funding and it is very long so I TAG the post where I want to keep it for later to read and move on. It goes to another topic, then it comes back to Finding Funding. I tag again and read another then it goes back.

In the old d-word when I used to click on read all with new postings it browsed all topics without repetition.

Hope you get the idea :S


Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

Hi Peter, I would like to ask that the time alloted to erase a post be extended. I posted something with an error in it, a silly one but it mattered, and the time it took me to double check and repost was not long. Still, I could not dump the old longer post and repost with the correction. merci.


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