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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
Mon 24 Aug 2009Link

The Network is only for people running The D-Word who have a d-word.com email address. You could join The D-Word Group .


Ben Kempas
Mon 24 Aug 2009Link

By the way, I made sort of a surprise visit to Peter yesterday and checked on his progress with the next milestone of The D-Word software. Everything is on track, film profiles and embedded video look great, and most new features will be ready for our 10th anniversary.


Peter Gerard
Fri 11 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Molly McKinley's post on Fri 21 Aug 2009 :

Advanced Search is a feature for full members.


Laura Moire Paglin
Sun 27 Sep 2009Link

Dear Sirs – Can you tell me where I would post incriminating photos from Indie Film Week? Thank you.


Erica Ginsberg
Sun 27 Sep 2009Link

The Photo Album?

Or in the fifth trashcan in the alley behind the boarded up store between the two Chinese herb shops around the corner. Please deposit the photos in a fastened purple envelope which should say "Mr. Jones' x-rays" in Sanskrit on the cover.


Laura Moire Paglin
Sun 27 Sep 2009Link

Will do. Thank you.


Gregory Rossi
Wed 28 Oct 2009Link

Can I remove or edit a post of mine? I thought I saw someone do this once but looked through the help topics and can't find my way...


Laura Moire Paglin
Wed 28 Oct 2009Link

Just be sure to tell everyone which one it was so that we can read it first before they remove it. :)


Marj Safinia
Wed 28 Oct 2009Link

Sorry Gregory. You can't edit or remove after 15 minutes or if someone has posted after you.


Gregory Rossi
Thu 29 Oct 2009Link

That'll teach me.


Marj Safinia
Thu 29 Oct 2009Link

That's the idea :)


Nigel Walker
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

How do you paste a vimeo movie directly into a post. It's not clear from any of the instructions.


Doug Block
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Nigel, it seems like some topics have the Attach Video boxes at the bottom and others don't. Not totally sure why, myself. Peter Gerard, are you out there?


Nigel Walker
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Thanks Doug, thought I was losing it there.


Doug Block
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Also just noticed that topics that don't have Embed Video capabilities do when you go into Edit This Post mode. What's up with that, Peter?


Ben Kempas
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Doug, in an attempt to prevent an inflationary "myspacing" of our beautiful D-Word, we haven't switched on the Embed Video feature for all topics (as you should know). Email me if you can't find the switch.

For the time being, Video Embeds are switched on in those topics where they make the most sense. But we're open to reasonable requests. :-)


Nigel Walker
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Cameras maybe, for test footage.


Ben Kempas
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Good point, Nigel. I switched on video embeds in Cameras.


Christopher Wong
Mon 9 Nov 2009Link

in response to a personal request from Boston-Red-Sox-lover Aron Gaudet, i've decided to change my profile picture back to my own ugly mug. so i went to my profile page, clicked on "Pictures", and made something else my primary photo. however, the photo has not changed at all for my postings. does it take a day or so to kick in? or is this a bug?


Ben Kempas
Tue 10 Nov 2009Link

I am seeing your ugly mug. :-) Maybe the old photo is stuck in your browser's cache or something?


Marj Safinia
Tue 10 Nov 2009Link

I am seeing it too now, but when you posted the original question (20 hours ago according to the tag) it was indeed stuck on your team shot.


Christopher Wong
Tue 10 Nov 2009Link

guess there must be a delay when updating profile pic...


Erica Ginsberg
Sun 15 Nov 2009Link

Funny, I just came in to ask the same question. Can't seem to change my profile picture here even though I changed it to "Make Primary." Even tried logging out and back in again. No different. I'll sleep on it and see if I am different tomorrow.

Edited Sun 15 Nov 2009 by Erica Ginsberg

Erica Ginsberg
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

what a difference a day makes


Simon de Swardt
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

Same problem here? I made the new pic primary, but no change. When I logged out and back in, still no change.

Maybe the d-word topic cops are investigating allegations of copyright infringements with profile pics?

Fair use, officer, fair use!


Simon de Swardt
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

oh no, mine is now fixed!

Faster, faster, I need to get to a meeting.


Ben Kempas
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

Like I said before, this is because your old picture was still in your browser's cache. Try reloading the page or emptying the cache. It's all fine.


Simon de Swardt
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

Sorry that last line was a caption for my new profile pic, not a reference to my problem with the profile pic, which is indeed cured.

Edited Mon 16 Nov 2009 by Simon de Swardt

David Herman
Fri 20 Nov 2009Link

16 marks to Ben – clearing the cache cures the pic profile blues


Ron Osgood
Sun 22 Nov 2009Link

profile question

Show hidden content

Andrew David Watson
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

D-Word use to work on my Blackberry, but now i cant seem to log in, anyone else having this problem?


David Herman
Mon 30 Nov 2009Link

In reply to Ron Osgood's post on Mon 23 Nov 2009 :

Only works for those with the premium d-word membership.


Doug Block
Mon 30 Nov 2009Link

Ron, you can easily edit your profile. Just take out your birthdate under Bio.


Ben Kempas
Wed 2 Dec 2009Link

I removed the date of birth for you, Ron. And just for the record, David was joking.

Andrew, does the problem persist? If so, can you give us more specifics? Anybody else with a Blackberry out there?


Ryan Ferguson
Wed 2 Dec 2009Link

how about switching embed video in the P.I.S.S topic...


Ben Kempas
Thu 3 Dec 2009Link

You'll need to ask someone who accesses that topic... :-)


Ryan Ferguson
Thu 3 Dec 2009Link

great... that means i'll probably have to wait until baseball season!


Erica Ginsberg
Sat 19 Dec 2009Link

How do you upload new profile photos? There doesn't seem to be an option to do that. Is there a maximum number I don't know about.


Ben Kempas
Wed 30 Dec 2009Link

Upload here and click "Make primary".


Erica Ginsberg
Fri 1 Jan 2010Link

Ben, you must see something as administrator that I don't. That page takes me to my current photos and I can make any of them primary, but I don't see a button to upload a new photo.


Ben Kempas
Sat 2 Jan 2010Link

?!? Have you scrolled down?

Is anybody else encoutnering this?


Erica Ginsberg
Sat 2 Jan 2010Link

Nothing apparent when I scroll down. I'm going to e-mail you a screenshot.


Peter Gerard
Sat 16 Jan 2010Link

The maximum number of profile pictures is 6. This limit was added a few months ago, so you may have more than the maximum if you added them before the limit was introduced. You'll need to delete all but 5 of your photos before you can upload again.


Erica Ginsberg
Sat 16 Jan 2010Link

Aha, that must be it.


David Herman
Sat 16 Jan 2010Link

Mr Gerard, glad to see you alive and well. Waiting dearly to see a pic or two of the d-word crowd waiting for the free ride in Amsterdam etc.


Ben Kempas
Tue 19 Jan 2010Link

Oh, I've got a few pics of that... You'll have to wait for a few months though before I can post them... Remind me.


Peter Gerard
Wed 20 Jan 2010Link

Will try to scan some this week.. I just got the film developed... maybe I can get mine up before Ben gets back from the boat!


Hashin Hassan
Thu 21 Jan 2010Link

(excuse me if this is not the right page for posting this message)

Hi my name is Hashim. I study Video production in Leicester, UK. I would appreciate it if any professionals could give answers to my questions regarding new media technology and documentary film industry. It's for my current assignment.

Q1
How many years of experience do have in filmmaking?

Q2
Have you experienced the shift from analogue to digital? If so, what has changed in your work routine? How different do you work now?

Q3
What equipment do you use (currently)?

Q4
Do you choose equipment that you are comfortable with and meet the standards of broadcast? Or are they determined by the nature of the documentary you are making?

Q5
Do you feel it is necessary to be constantly aware of new technology or do you think that current standards are sufficient for you?

Q6
As a filmmaker, do you set yourself moral principals? Do you have lines drawn? Are there projects that conflict your principals and how do you deal with them?

Q7
Do you set yourself new goals and new standards every time? How do you move up-market?


John Burgan
Thu 21 Jan 2010Link

No, it's not the right place, Hashin; as it says at the top of this page, this Topic is for queries about the D-Word itself. Your post would be better suited to the Mentoring Room .

Having said that, D-Word Members are working professionals and the majority are freelancers at that, so given the extremely broad nature of your survey (you could write a whole book on Q6 alone!) it's asking quite a lot of busy people to sit down and fill in a questionnaire like this. Practically, you may get a bit more feedback if you can get people on the phone for a few minutes.

Finally, it would be good to know a bit more about your background and what your own interest is in all of this; The D-Word operates as a community of filmmakers, so there has to be a bit of give and take.

PS Note on spelling: Q6 should be "principles" not "principals".

Edited Thu 21 Jan 2010 by John Burgan

Hashin Hassan
Thu 21 Jan 2010Link

Thanks for your feedback. I'll try and keep the questions down.


James Longley
Sat 23 Jan 2010Link

Whenever there is a routine update to the site, I'd like to put in a vote for moving the
"Back to Topics" button at a slightly greater distance away from the
"Hide 'This Topic' From Now On" button at the bottom of the page.

It's very easy to unintentionally hide topics when all you wanted to do was go back to the Topics page. Especially when using D-word on a hand-held device like an iPhone where it can be easy to click the wrong link. I wind up periodically going into my settings page to Un-hide all the missing topics. I know it sounds silly – but I also know I'm not the only one having this [minor design] issue.


Marj Safinia
Sun 24 Jan 2010Link

It's true. I do this all the time when checking D-Word from my iPhone.


Tristan Dyer
Tue 26 Jan 2010Link

this may be a little greedy, but what about a d-word app?


James Longley
Tue 26 Jan 2010Link

D-word is actually working okay on the iPhone as-is, but there are a few little things that could make it smoother.

On the other hand, it would definitely be cool to be able to post photos and videos taken with the iPhone, or to be able to "opt-in" to a d-word network that would tell you when other d-worders were nearby, so you could organize an impromtu f2f. Or something.

Edited Tue 26 Jan 2010 by James Longley

Peter Gerard
Mon 1 Feb 2010Link

I'm sure I can move that button. Any other small screen issues? I can't imagine there's enough demand for a full-blown iPhone app. How many D-Worders use the iPhone? A mobile browser enhanced version may be more useful.


James Longley
Mon 1 Feb 2010Link

Sure – like Google has a special version of their site that pops up when you're using a iPhone/blackberry/etc – that would be cool. And it's clearly something for which there will be an ever-increasing need.


Nels Bangerter
Mon 1 Feb 2010Link

I use the iPhone, though not for the D-Word, but mostly because it doesn't have a small-screen-specific site (although as is, it's nice & low-bandwith & nice spare design). Making an iPhone or mobile version would be very cool, probably fairly straightforward, and I bet it would help if you're ever interested in licensing this whole system out to other groups...

However, given that we're all only supposed to be checking this thing once a day (right?), is minute-by-minute mobile access really a direction that should be encouraged?


Peter Gerard
Tue 2 Feb 2010Link

I actually read The D-Word on my iphone, but using the email digests that I get each morning in my inbox. I've got some other updates to work on soon, so will look at the feasibility of using the email layout for users with mobile browsers... I can't promise a release date though!


Doug Block
Tue 2 Feb 2010Link

D-Word on your iPhone? That's like watching Avatar on your iPhone.


Virendra Valsangkar
Wed 3 Feb 2010Link

I tried to post with embeded video in the topic 'funding (europe or elsewhere)' with the help of attach file option. But that didn't work. It says 'done with error on page' . Is there any restriction on video attachment? my file size is 87 MB and its .dat file.

Edited Wed 3 Feb 2010 by Virendra Valsangkar

Sahand Sahebdivani
Tue 9 Feb 2010Link

I think embedding video's is restricted to certain topics, but the techno guys better answer that.


John Burgan
Tue 9 Feb 2010Link

I'll wait for Peter to confirm, but I think the limit is much lower, probably about 10% of what you were trying to upload. Secondly .dat can be just about anything, a text or graphic file. There are more useful video formats – best of all is to upload to your own website or Youtube/Vimeo and paste a link – we don't have the resources right now to host large video files on our server.


Christopher Quinn
Fri 19 Feb 2010Link

I have a friend who is looking to hire a local cameraperson in Nairobi. I am new to d-word and wanted to know the best place to post a message for this. Classifieds? Can anyone lead me to the right place? Thanks


Doug Block
Fri 19 Feb 2010Link

Classifieds is exactly the right place, Christopher. We have both a member's only and public classifieds, and you could post in both. The Classifieds are actually the only place where we encourage double posting.


Christopher Quinn
Fri 19 Feb 2010Link

Thanks Doug.


michael birnberg
Mon 22 Mar 2010Link

Hello,

I was previously an enthusiast at the D-word. I posted a doc proposal document file on the forum on Sat 1 Aug 2009. The document contains personal information and is showing up in google searches as well as other sites that are hosting it and making it downloadable to the public. Please please remove this post and the document from your site. My name is Michael Birnberg and the document is In Good We Trust. Please let me know when this has been done. Thanks

Best,
Michael


Ben Kempas
Mon 22 Mar 2010Link

Michael – As explained across the site, Enthusiasts can only access our clearly labelled Public Topics. These may be indexed by search engines.

If your producer applied for this, she would qualify for full Member status. Our Members-Only Topics for documentary professionals are private and you can't find a word from them outside The D-Word.

We usually don't delete anything here, as every post is part of a continuous conversation. So we urge everyone to think twice about what they're saying online.

I have made an exception in your case, as the document attached to the post contained potentially sensitive financial information. It's all gone now.

However, search engines only re-index sites every now and then. So the information may remain in their cache for a little while and show up in results.

Edited Mon 22 Mar 2010 by Ben Kempas

Ben Kempas
Thu 8 Apr 2010Link

Do you use The D-Word on your mobile phone? Would you like to?

We are considering developing a mobile-optimized version of The D-Word, but would like your input. Please fill in our survey now:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/733WYJK


Delaney Ruston
Tue 13 Apr 2010Link

Hello, I am new to D word. I can not figure out how to post a question. The help place says to go to the end of category of posts and there should be a space to post a new question, but when i do fhat for the Research/archival section, I do not see the post area. Thank you so much, Delaney


Doug Block
Tue 13 Apr 2010Link

Should be able to post there the same way you did to post your question in this topic, Delaney.


Ben Kempas
Thu 15 Apr 2010Link

Make sure you're on the last page of the topic you want to post in. The page numbers at the top or bottom of each topic will get you there. You'll find the text box in the same spot as in this topic.


Dino Reyes
Sat 17 Apr 2010Link

There was a great article link on this board which I came across but then I cannot seem to find again. It was called something like, "The 8 best ways to open a documentary". I think it was written by a documentary production site. It was a great piece and I was wondering if anyone recalls the link if the could please repost.

Thanks,
Dino


John Burgan
Sun 18 Apr 2010Link

This Topic is primarily for questions related to D-Word, but a google search came up with this link


Laura Scott
Mon 19 Apr 2010Link

I would like to change my d-word password. How do I do it?


Marth Christensen
Mon 19 Apr 2010Link

In the upper right hand corner click "My Profile".
enter the new password twice and go way down for SAVE.


Laura Scott
Mon 19 Apr 2010Link

Excellent Marth! Thank you.


Dino Reyes
Tue 20 Apr 2010Link

Thanks John, I believe that's the text from the article I read.

Cheers,
Dino


Deirdre Haj
Wed 12 May 2010Link

Doug:
Do you knwo about the court ruling re Berlinger and "Cride"? They have ordered that he give all footage to CHEVRON to help their case?
There is a letter from the IDA with filmmakers signing up in support. Can you/should you/ will you post? Not sure where to put it on the site...
see you soon in NYC I hope.


Deirdre Haj
Wed 12 May 2010Link

I simply cannot type. I have typing ADD. CRUDE, is what I meant.....


Marj Safinia
Wed 12 May 2010Link

I'll be sending out an email about it soon, Deirdre!


Doug Block
Wed 12 May 2010Link

Deirdre, a number of well-known doc filmmakers have signed the letter but The D-Word is hanging back and letting the IDA take the lead in terms of getting mass signatures. We've told them we're ready to put out a mailing containing the letter to our membership at a moments notice.

Edited Wed 12 May 2010 by Doug Block

Ben Kempas
Thu 13 May 2010Link

The Berlinger case is also being discussed in our Legal Corner .


Vicki Vasilopoulos
Thu 27 May 2010Link

Can anyone tell me why the "New Post" box at the bottom of the list of messages doesn't show up on my screen?


Doug Block
Thu 27 May 2010Link

Vicki, if that's the case then how did you put up your last post?


Vicki Vasilopoulos
Thu 27 May 2010Link

Yeah, that's what's bizarre about it. The "New Post" box appears in this topic (thankfully), but not in the FCP topic or Directing, for example. Go figure.I'm at a loss...


Ben Kempas
Fri 28 May 2010Link

You need to make sure you're on the last page of posts to continue the conversation.


Vicki Vasilopoulos
Fri 28 May 2010Link

Right you are, Ben... I'm in the middle of editing, and in my haste I obviously overlooked this simple fact. I blame it on the full moon...


Michael Collins
Sat 14 Aug 2010Link

Is it possible to delete old posts? I couldn't find an option to do so. I posted in the public classified section recently (it was a success – I filled the position) but I'm getting some weird spam as a result.


Ben Kempas
Sun 5 Sep 2010Link

The basic rule is not to include your email address in any postings in our public topics, as these could be harvested by "robots". Registered users will always be able to find your email address in your profile, which the robots don't get to see.


Ann Torrance Davidson
Fri 24 Sep 2010Link

I just introduced myself as an Enthusiast and tried to stick a picture in the little box to the left. I went back to check and the picture has wound up in the body of post and it's giant. Or is that just the way I see it?
Can we move the picture to the side or make it go away altogether? Thank you.


Bill Jackson
Fri 24 Sep 2010Link

Hi Ann. You can click on "My Profile" at the top of a page, then My Pictures, near the top of that page. From there you can upload an image to your profile. It will then appear in the little box to the left. If you upload multiple images, the one you Make Primary will appear.


Doug Block
Fri 24 Sep 2010Link

Ann, I guess we'll just have to change your status from Enthusiast to Narcisist.

Kidding ;-)


Robert Goodman
Thu 21 Oct 2010Link

where are the files located that people posted sample proposals etc? Dan was hosting them – did they go away?


Ethan Isenberg
Tue 26 Oct 2010Link

I've designated a different photo as the primary one, but it doesn't seem to be changing in my profile or posts. Is anyone else having this issue?


Ethan Isenberg
Tue 26 Oct 2010Link

Never mind. It took about 20 mins to take effect, but now it seems to be working.


Jo-Anne Velin
Tue 26 Oct 2010Link

Which one is you?


Ethan Isenberg
Wed 27 Oct 2010Link

It's my most successful production, to date!


James Longley
Wed 27 Oct 2010Link

That's a beautiful kid you have there, Ethan, even if he does look like he's about to throw a punch at the paparazzo.


John Burgan
Thu 28 Oct 2010Link

Co-production, surely, Ethan?


Ben Kempas
Sat 30 Oct 2010Link

Ethan – your browser had probably cached the old picture.

Robert – Do you mean Sean Adair's page which is still out there but hasn't been updated in 10 years?


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