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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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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.


Ben Kempas
Thu 15 May 2008Link

I don't actually know... but I can assure you that the number of websites won't determine eligibility for membership... :-)


Jason Osder
Thu 15 May 2008Link

Fair enough, thanks! I applied.


Mikal Jakubal
Fri 16 May 2008Link

In reply to Christopher Wong's post on Tue 13 May 2008 :

Yeah, I had the same experience as you, with the "It Works!" page. Likewise, I eventually typed in the complete URL and got in. Just out of curiosity, what was that page anyway?

I'm still getting occasional "bad response from server" messages and the pages are often very slow to load. Will look into Opendns.com...


Doug Block
Fri 16 May 2008Link

Appears that problem is fixed, Mikal. I had it, too. Peter will come on sometime soon and explain. Anyway, the pages should load now with lightening speed.


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