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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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Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

I checked: the posts were three minutes apart, in Bar and Grill. I type and send (too) quickly, ya ya, but still. Here, however, in Help, I notice the erasure icon is still active in the post above this one. methought one had about 15 mintues' grace.


Peter Gerard
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

Jo-Anne, you get 15 minutes grace only for the last post you submit.

Niam, I'm already aware of this and it's on my list.


Niam Itani
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

Thanks!!


Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

Hi Peter, right but even that didn't happen, in the bar and grill. i left the subject, returned a few minutes later and couldn't eliminate the immediately previous post.


Peter Gerard
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

Did you close your browser in between or logout? Or had someone posted after you?


Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

No, no one posted after, but it is possible I closed the browser - it's busy here. Is there a work around? If not, oh well.


Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

Okay - i see now what you meant by last posting. I was switching between topics. So when I went to my last posting in topic A, after posting in B, it was locked in. Different understanding of last posting resolved. But then I ask if it is possible to stretch this when you are fine-tuning, please.


Marj Safinia
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

I've found myself (on a number of occasions) writing a post, then accidentally clicking Preview instead of Post without realizing it. When the preview loads, I assume I've actually posted and leave the topic, only to find out later that my post isn't there at all. Is it only me who has done this? If so, then I'll just have to pay closer attention when I'm in a hurry, but otherwise perhaps we could separate those buttons out so Post is in the bottom right hand corner and preview is pushed left...


Joe Moulins
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

I accidentally hit "reset counter to zero". Is there a way to set the "read postings since __" like on the old d-word?

Remember the old d-word forum? I wonder it's doing these days?


Peter Gerard
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

No, that feature didn't make it through...


Ben Kempas
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

It's a clever feature but I think Joe was the only one using it...

After all, if you try to make an easier interface, you need to lose some clutter. We never intended to make another Motet.

As for Marj's concern, we could also have a red frame around previews, maybe?


Catherine Mattingly
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link Tag

Request/idea/suggestion for the FABULOUS New d-word:

Very often, I want to send myself someone's post. Obviously, I can cut and paste the content into another document, but it would be cool to be able to hit "email to a friend" (or if that's not ok, because of members-only, "email to my email of record). Anyone else?


Marj Safinia
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

that would be sweet, although tagging would fulfill the same "come back to it over and over again" function


Marj Safinia
Wed 19 Sep 2007Link

Ben/Peter, perhaps even just switching the positioning of preview and post. My mouse naturally makes for the preview button because it's closest.


Peter Gerard
Thu 20 Sep 2007Link

My suggestion is: slow down and read the big, bold message that says:

This is a PREVIEW. It has not yet been published.


Kurt Engfehr
Thu 20 Sep 2007Link Tag

so...i made a big post in another topic. upon re-reading it (i had posted, not previewed it) i wanted to tweak a couple of things, so i went into the edit mode. i did my tweaking, then hit save, but only HALF the post appeared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

luckily, i had copied my text (i've lost too many long posts not to) and was able to paste it and then do my tweaks, but that is a disturbing occurance.


Joe Moulins
Thu 20 Sep 2007Link

especially disturbing with all those exclamation marks!!


Peter Gerard
Thu 20 Sep 2007Link

did you see the entire post when you were editing? or did it only disappear after you re-submitted the post?


David Herman
Sun 23 Sep 2007Link

PeteRRR sounds more like my GP every post. Does it only hurt when you breathe?


Kurt Engfehr
Sun 23 Sep 2007Link

Peter, I'm not sure if the whole message was there. i only tweaked a few things in the first half, didn't check the whole thing. the edit window, by the way, is disturbingly small.


Tony Comstock
Sun 23 Sep 2007Link Tag

Not sure that it matters much, but it looks like maybe posting order gets mixed up if one person is posting while another person is editing an adjacent post. Like I said, not really a big deal, but maybe a clue in sorting out any other unexpected behavior.


Peter Gerard
Sun 23 Sep 2007Link

I suppose it wouldn't take much to make the edit window bigger... But I think I know what caused the problem and will fix it in the next milestone.


Nick Higgins
Mon 24 Sep 2007Link

How do you post a big link like this aand make it work?

http://www.broadcastbuyer.tv/publish/ServersampStorage35/PanasonicsNewCamcorderMemoryCardQuadruplesCapacityAtModestPrice13439.shtml

Do you need < > on either side or the likes thereof?


Ben Kempas
Mon 24 Sep 2007Link

The problems are the underscores. Please wait for the fix. In the meantime, there's utilities on the net that let you zip long URLs into new short ones.


Peter Gerard
Mon 24 Sep 2007Link

Sorry it has taken so long for me to fix these formatting bugs. I've made a few fixes now that should help you put in URLs like

http://www.broadcastbuyer.tv/publish/Servers_amp_Storage_35/Panasonic_s_New_Camcorder_Memory_Card_Quadruples_Capacity_At_Modest_Price_13439.shtml

  • and
  • not
  • break
  • lists


Kurt Engfehr
Mon 24 Sep 2007Link

way to go, Pete! (in the distance, the roar of the crowd chanting in unison is heard: We love Pete, we love Pete)


Nick Higgins
Mon 24 Sep 2007Link

A virtual pint of special on me for you Pete.

I could do with a pint of special myself. Can you add one as an attachment please.


Peter Gerard
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

Also, people with hyphenated names will get correct capitalisation the next time you update your profile!


Doug Block
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

But how do you keep a long url inside the text box, Peter?


Nick Higgins
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

Not that special brew, this one........


Nick Higgins
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

hmmmm that didnt work as planned-

here's what I really want


David Herman
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

Not wishing to take this to the bar where this is still ongoing, I wonder why when I am not logged in to d-word, and my share this publically box is unticked, I google David Herman d-word and come up with my whole profile warts and all?


Peter Gerard
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

David, make sure you are fully logged out. You would see the attached.


Christopher Pavsek
Tue 25 Sep 2007Link

until a fix for long url's is here, you can go to tinyurl.com and make them little....


David Herman
Wed 26 Sep 2007Link

what the f is fully logged out? do I have to smoke something?


John Burgan
Wed 26 Sep 2007Link

Click on "Log out" ( top right of page or http://www.d-word.com/login/logout )


Peter Gerard
Wed 26 Sep 2007Link

Chris, it's much easier to use the labelled URL formatting (click the blue help icon for instructions). The link above could be:

32GB P2 Cards available soon


Christopher Pavsek
Wed 26 Sep 2007Link

Try again:

Very Important Thing will link us to a very important thing

and

An even more important thing will link us to something even more important.

Edited Wed 26 Sep 2007 by Christopher Pavsek

Christopher Pavsek
Wed 26 Sep 2007Link

sorry, thought i was in "Play"


Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 26 Sep 2007Link

I think that was more information than I needed this evening. Bonne nuit.


Ben Kempas
Fri 28 Sep 2007Link

For those of you who still want to play around with the various new features for your posts: We are going to close Play with The NEW D-Word in three days.


Ben Kempas
Wed 3 Oct 2007Link

As a pilot project to spread the D-Word among documentary professionals, we're sharing our Sheffield Doc/Fest discussions with their website. The public can only see the discussion with Heather and Fleur, logged-in D-Word Members will also see the Sheffield F2F and general discussions. All data remains with us on d-word.com.

https://www.sheffdocfest.com/


John Burgan
Wed 3 Oct 2007Link

Just a thought - unless I'm missing it, shouldn't there be a one-line tag saying what the D-Word is on the page you link to? I know people can find out by going there (here), but surely there's room for "the longest-running online community for professional documentary filmmakers" or whatever.


Ben Kempas
Wed 3 Oct 2007Link

It says that when you're not logged in, John.


Sean Flynn
Fri 5 Oct 2007Link

This is strange. Marketing and Distribution is not showing up in any of my topic lists, though I can get to it through the search...


Doug Block
Sat 6 Oct 2007Link

sean, the universe is saying just go out and make your film and don't worry about where it ends up ;-)


Peter Gerard
Sat 6 Oct 2007Link

or maybe it's saying go to My Topics and make sure it's selected...


Sean Flynn
Mon 8 Oct 2007Link

Aha! Thanks, Peter.


Roz Mortimer
Mon 8 Oct 2007Link

maybe this just my browser...if I am reading a topic and click to view someone's profile, I can't get back to the topic using the browser's back button. I have to follow the 'topics' link and then try and remember which topic I was in.


Ben Kempas
Mon 8 Oct 2007Link

Must be a browser setting... something that tries to reload stuff instead of just going back...?

What combination of OS and browser versions are you using?


Roz Mortimer
Tue 9 Oct 2007Link

OS 10.4.10 and Firefox v.1.
It doesn't happen with other websites.


Peter Gerard
Tue 9 Oct 2007Link

Your browser is very old. I'd recommend upgrading. It sounds to me like this might happen only if you've posted before you click off the topic. I'd recommend not using the back button. Instead, when you click the member's profile link, hold down the Command (Apple) key and the link will open in a new tab or window.


Roz Mortimer
Tue 9 Oct 2007Link

Drat, I knew I'd end up having to upgrade something.
Thanks Peter!


Christopher Pavsek
Tue 9 Oct 2007Link

hey i had a post disappear too! just like marge! oops, marj!

(i was telling riley it was fine to feel good about yankees fans feeling bad, so maybe some new yorker sabotaged it)


Ben Kempas
Wed 10 Oct 2007Link

Marj just hit Preview instead of Post. I guess that's what you did, too?


Christopher Pavsek
Wed 10 Oct 2007Link

maybe....


Marj Safinia
Wed 10 Oct 2007Link

Ben - actually I updated a post on my problem here: http://www.d-word.com/topics/show/94?post=126164


Peter Gerard
Sat 13 Oct 2007Link

if you get problems like that in the future, please email me date and time (including timezone) of the error ASAP and I'll check the logs...


Nick Higgins
Wed 17 Oct 2007Link

Not sure where this should go so here it is in Help. Seeing as how there is a photo album thread is it possible to have a similar one for on-line video links?


John Williams
Thu 18 Oct 2007Link

Any chance of moving the navigation links that are below the "New Post" section to above the "New Post" section? Since I use the "next" function far more often than posting a new message, it would reduce the amount of scrolling I have to do to get to the "next" link.


Ben Kempas
Sat 20 Oct 2007Link

We'll have video attachments as soon as we leave the Beta stage behind us, Nick.

John, I would like to have your problems... :-)


Judy Seaman
Sat 20 Oct 2007Link
[Post moved to http://www.d-word.com/topics/show/69?post=127191]
Edited Sat 20 Oct 2007 by Ben Kempas

Ben Kempas
Sat 20 Oct 2007Link

Judy, I moved your post to the Distribution topic:

http://www.d-word.com/topics/show/69?post=127191


Christopher Pavsek
Fri 26 Oct 2007Link

is there any way to make the post box and the edit box bigger? if it's not too hard?


John Burgan
Fri 26 Oct 2007Link

use a magnifying glass or (on a mac) go to system prefs > seeing > zoom


Peter Gerard
Sat 27 Oct 2007Link

Or use Safari 3.0 (Mac or PC) which has resizable text-boxes. However, it might break the rest of the layout...


Alan Brunettin
Thu 22 Nov 2007Link

This isn't a big problem but curious nonetheless. When I select a topic in the list and it takes me to the particular site, if for instance the topic has 16 pages to it-with a most recent post, say, four hours ago-I am instead taken to, say, page 9 with posts that are a week and a half old instead of the most recent (or heck, even if it took me to the beginning with the very first posts would make more sense).

Any reason for this? I'm on a Mac OS 10.4.11, Safari 3


Peter Gerard
Fri 23 Nov 2007Link

Oops, so obviously the double-dash isn't entirely fixed.... Sorry folks. I'll figure it out eventually!

Alan, the system remembers where you were last reading, so it takes you to the last 3 posts you have read and shows you new ones following on from them. You'll see the first 3 posts will be grey (meaning you've read them) and the rest on that page will be white, meaning they're new to you.


Christopher Wong
Wed 28 Nov 2007Link

oops, accidentally clicked "Hide IDFA 2007 Topic"... how do I get it back?


John Burgan
Wed 28 Nov 2007Link

Go to the main page and click on "my topics" or here where you can select or deselect topics to be displayed.


Sahand Sahebdivani
Wed 12 Dec 2007Link

Hey, what gives? D-word won't allow me to see the last posting in the views on news section, or allow me to post (even show me the box that I need to post.


Joe Moulins
Wed 12 Dec 2007Link

Chris Pavsek broke D-Word.


Danielle Fautrat
Wed 12 Dec 2007Link

yes, looks like the Views on News Forum has imploded!


Doug Block
Wed 12 Dec 2007Link

We'll look into it, folks (Peter G, are you here???). I not only have the same problem, I didn't even see News and Views the last few days. When I went to My Settings to see about it, turns out the topic was mysteriously unchecked.

Hmmm, maybe Chris DID break The D-Word.


Ben Kempas
Wed 12 Dec 2007Link

Doug, you must have clicked "Hide Views on News from now on" which happens to be just below "Back to Topics List".

As for the technical problem with the last posting in Views on News, we alerted Peter.


Peter Gerard
Thu 13 Dec 2007Link

All better now... Looks like Chris and Reed broke it together by clicking the Post button at exactly the same second. I'll try and prevent bugs like that in the future!


Joe Moulins
Thu 13 Dec 2007Link

I'm guessing they were both pounding the button. Just goes to show why it's important to carry a spare.


Joe Moulins
Tue 18 Dec 2007Link

Views on News is stuck again.
I blame Reed.


Peter Gerard
Tue 18 Dec 2007Link

People are getting anxious in there. I fixed it again.


Kurt Engfehr
Sat 29 Dec 2007Link

yo-my advanced search feature doesn't seem to be working.


Ben Kempas
Sat 29 Dec 2007Link

It's working here. Please be more specific, Kurt:

What are your search terms and settings?

What browser/OS?


Kurt Engfehr
Sat 29 Dec 2007Link

Ben-after reading your post i tried it on my PC using firefox and it worked, which it wasnt' on a Mac osX with Safari.

so, i guess it's working. kinda.

you know what would be handy? being able to search posts by people who wrote them. just a thought.


Erica Ginsberg
Sun 30 Dec 2007Link

I think I asked the same thing a while ago. It would be great b/c sometimes I remember that someone, let's say Kurt Engfehr, posted something important a while back about, let's say, the art of filming roadrunners. Then I could just punch in "Kurt" and "roadrunner" and it would narrow down the postings immensely. Currently it only seems to search the name if it's mentioned in the post. Though I suppose the workaround is we could all start signing our posts. The other thing I find odd is that, when we do search a keyword, it brings up the posts in no particular order. It would be great if it could bring them up in chronological order, starting with the most recent. That way I could at least get recent roadrunner discussions and not ones had in 1999.

(no roadrunners were harmed in the making of this post)


Joe Moulins
Sun 30 Dec 2007Link

beep-beep.


Ben Kempas
Sun 30 Dec 2007Link

Search results are ordered by relevance. And tagged postings come first.

Just tag whatever posts you find useful, and you'll easily find them again without any need for a search.

And: this is the Beta.


Erica Ginsberg
Sun 30 Dec 2007Link

How does it determine relevance if you only have one keyword? Also isn't it searching on all tags, not just mine? Or is it only searching on my tags?

P.S. For a Beta, D-Word is amazing. No major complaints. Just suggestions for the next version if and when it comes.


Kurt Engfehr
Sun 30 Dec 2007Link

thing about the tags is that, we didn't tag shit a few years ago.


Peter Gerard
Mon 31 Dec 2007Link

we will have search by user and different sort options in the next version... some time in the next few months. The search-my-tags-only thing is also in the pipeline...

How does it determine relevance? Tags first (as Ben said) and then using a full-text search algorithm. If you really want to understand it, see here but it's awfully technical.


Jo-Anne Velin
Tue 1 Jan 2008Link

Peter, silent man behind the architecture, thank you again for devoting so much time to structuring this with the co-helmers. Happy New Year.


Erica Ginsberg
Thu 3 Jan 2008Link

Hosts, FYI, I just did a search on "batteries" to find the very helpful post that Kurt recently posted related to the new restrictions on lithium batteries so I could share the info with someone offlist. I did find the post, but ahead of it were other posts with the word "batteries," all of which were older posts and none of which were tagged (Kurt's posting was tagged). Just thought you should know...


Chris Hinrichs
Sat 5 Jan 2008Link

I'm new here, so forgive me if I'm posting this in the wrong place. This may be less of a help issue than it is a request. I just registered to get my "enthusiast" designation and have really been enjoying exploring the areas of this site I have access to. One of the things I know I (and I would guess many others in my shoes) would benefit from is some sort of public forum containing documentary reviews or recommendations. I am always looking for suggestions from people who are as into docs as I am. I live in a rural area, which limits my ability to see more obscure films (ones not available on Netflix). I'm not sure how complicated something like this would be, but it's just a thought. Thanks so much for this site! I'm glad I found it.


Doug Block
Sun 6 Jan 2008Link

good suggestion, chris. we had a favorite docs topic for a while, but it petered out in time and we archived it. alas, accessible to d-word members only. it's well worth thinking of doing something public in that way.


Robert Goodman
Tue 8 Jan 2008Link

could do a list of the favorite films of d-worders – a doc filmmakers list of films for doc lovers – based on the multiple lists and recommends we've all made over the years.


Le Sheng Liu
Mon 14 Jan 2008Link

Has anyone suggested the feature of allowing registered users of this site to send msgs to each other? The general format of the topics board here is kinda new to me and I'm still trying to get used to it. But the tagging feature helps a lot!


Robert Goodman
Tue 15 Jan 2008Link

if you fill out your profile we have access to your email address for private messages.


Robert Bahar
Sat 19 Jan 2008Link

I love the new D-Word and its simplicity has really helped me get more involved. Thanks to everyone for all of the incredible work that went into this new platform!

I do have a question/possible feature request. Is there a way for me to use one e-mail address to receive my e-mail digest from D-word but then to a display a different e-mail in my profile? This would be convenient as I'm guessing that, like me, many people have multiple e-mail addresses and use some for list subscriptions, some for business contact, etc.

Functionally, I guess this would mean that instead of having the option under "settings" to hide e-mail address, there would be two options: one to hide primary e-mail address and another to hide "other" e-mail address.

Edited Sat 19 Jan 2008 by Robert Bahar

Ben Kempas
Wed 23 Jan 2008Link

Thanks for your proposal, Robert.

Does anyone else see the need for this?


Matt Dubuque
Wed 23 Jan 2008Link

Ben, that would be useful (but not esssential) for me also.

I would also like a feature where I could be permanently logged in at all times, i.e. where your server would remember my IP address.

But again, these are not critical isues. It's an awesome site and I'd love to earn my membership soon!


Ben Kempas
Wed 23 Jan 2008Link

Log-in to The D-Word is cookie-based, not IP-based.

But we can throw a "keep me logged in" option onto the feature list if people want this. However, all modern browsers offer to remember log-in details for you, so the proposed feature is not really a necessity these days, is it?


Erica Ginsberg
Thu 24 Jan 2008Link

Vis-a-vis, Robert B's request: Maybe I missed something, but what is the e-mail digest? Is this a new feature where there's a summary of all the postings of the day? Or is this just like the old "notify me of postings following mine" option from the Utne days. Personally I don't feel like I get so many postings from D-Word that I would need to have a separate e-mail account for them. But if it's not a problem to implement this change for folks who would want it, sure why not.

On permanent logins, again I don't feel strongly about it, though it would be nice. When I'm using Firefox at home, it remembers the log-in details. At work, I'm using Explorer and it doesn't remember them (maybe b/c oursets us to not remember cookies, but I'm not sure – it remembers my Gmail login automatically). If permanent login is an option, It would still be good to have an easy way to sign in and out. I never figured out how to do that with Utne and, as a result, visiting D-Worders to my home couldn't log me out and re-log-in as themselves to post stuff.


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