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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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Laura Moire Paglin
Sun 22 Jan 2012Link

Yes – same problem in cameras!


Thomas Lennon
Sun 22 Jan 2012Link

Re Cameras: Perhaps Deepak Varma, in trying to post his pictures, locked up the topic in some way? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Marj Safinia
Sun 22 Jan 2012Link

I'll email Peter.


Ben Kempas
Sun 22 Jan 2012Link

I deleted Deepak's post, and voilà, it's working again.


Ryan Ferguson
Wed 25 Jan 2012Link

funny... i finally decide to post a trailer in WIP and it's not working. it's a Vimeo URL and I'm getting the error folks were getting in the past:

There were problems with the following fields:

Embed is not a valid video URL. Please use a URL of a YouTube, Vimeo or Distrify page. (e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmciuKsBOi0)


Lewis D Mark
Mon 30 Jan 2012Link

I see on extra TV show; where they were talking about a documentary about dyslexia and recommended for more info see dword.com I have not been able to find it?


Marth Christensen
Mon 30 Jan 2012Link

Lewis,
Looks as though "D Word" is just part of the title, not a source of info.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2106687/


Lewis D Mark
Mon 30 Jan 2012Link

I think so; I found what I was looking for; thank you anyway.
Lewis


Mark Barroso
Tue 7 Feb 2012Link

When I try to post a link to vimeo (by copying and pasting) I get an error message that the URL is not valid. Any ideas as to what's happening and how to fix it?

Edited Tue 7 Feb 2012 by Mark Barroso

Mark Barroso
Tue 7 Feb 2012Link

I should have said that it was in the Works in Progress topic.


Peter Gerard
Tue 7 Feb 2012Link

This should be fixed now. Turns out vimeo changed their API and also their standard URLs. I've updated The D-Word to support these changes.


David Herman
Tue 7 Feb 2012Link

9 minutes Mr Gerard – time to pull the finger out.


Mark Barroso
Tue 7 Feb 2012Link

Damn them. We're lucky to have you, Peter.


Rodrigo Dorfman
Wed 8 Feb 2012Link

Hey folks – this has come up in the Works in Progress thread: "what is the HIDDEN SECTION?" – I don't quite understand the purpose – aren't all postings visible to all who are logged in as pros? Am I missing an important protocol?


Marj Safinia
Thu 9 Feb 2012Link

Yes. It's all visible to professionals. By putting something in the hidden section (link directly below posting box) it takes one further click for the reader to see it. We generally encourage really long posts that maybe aren't your own (e.g. an article or job posting you are passing along) to go in the hidden section. Some folks use it for more sensitive information. Many here use it for comedic impact. But if a professional clicks, yes, it's all available to see.


Marj Safinia
Thu 9 Feb 2012Link

Just to clarify, people in WIP are using it now so that others who may not want to read their input, or who may want to watch the piece without reading the thoughts of others first don't have to see their feedback. Blame Margot.


Rodrigo Dorfman
Thu 9 Feb 2012Link

In reply to Marj Safinia's post on Thu 9 Feb 2012 :

Thanks – yes – it makes sense and it's quite sophisticated...


Ben Kempas
Tue 14 Feb 2012Link

Sorry about the downtime over the last day or so. Nothing to do with us. This is what we were up against.

As a consequence, Peter is preparing a move to a different host which should give us better overall performance.


The Webmaster
Tue 14 Feb 2012Link

First stage of the move completed. The database is now in a different state. I'll move the uploads later tonight and then we'll be completely in new surrounds...


The Webmaster
Tue 14 Feb 2012Link

There may still be some intermittent issues. Please bear with us!


Doug Block
Tue 14 Feb 2012Link

You're looking extremely stressed, Peter. Have a drink in the Bar.


Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 15 Feb 2012Link

In reply to Peter Gerard's post on Tue 14 Feb 2012 :
Thank you, Peter!


Bill Kerrigan
Wed 15 Feb 2012Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Tue 14 Feb 2012 :

I was concerned...

I always read D-Word with my morning tea.
Now once again, all is right with the world.


Ben Kempas
Wed 15 Feb 2012Link

We might still experience a bit of downtime as we decided to use this 'opportunity' to move our server to a different host.


Ben Kempas
Thu 16 Feb 2012Link

This is a good time to remind everyone that our social media outposts will keep you updated in the event of any outages, so go and love us on Facebook or follow us blindly on Twitter – just so you won't spill that morning tea again.


Mark Barroso
Thu 8 Mar 2012Link

I'm getting that invalid url message when I try to post a youtube video, again. This time in Views on News. I'm using Firefox.


Peter Gerard
Fri 9 Mar 2012Link

Hi Mark,
What was the URL?
I just checked and it was working OK...


Mark Barroso
Tue 13 Mar 2012Link

It's probably me, because it's any youtube or vimeo. I was hoping you knew what knuckle-headed thing I was doing or setting I needed to change.


The Webmaster
Sat 24 Mar 2012Link

We've had some intermittent problems over the last few weeks and I want to apologise to the community for the occasional outages we've experienced.

Since we relaunched The D-Word site back in 2007 we've been on the same server with the same host. They were cutting edge at that time, but in the past five years, our hosting company was bought by a bigger one and since then they have been trying to phase out our old data-center in favour of even more cutting-edge hosting. Since the acquisition, I've been planning on moving The D-Word to a different host (where we'd get more value for money), but I had been putting it off because it's complicated and time-consuming to move all of our valuable data safely. And it's always hard to find free-time to do these things when maintenance downtime would affect fewer members of the community (i.e. the middle of the night!).

On the eve of Valentine's Day, we experienced the most significant outage The D-Word has probably ever had – this was due to massive problems at the old data-center, and prompted some emergency actions to make sure all our data was safe, and then to make sure the site was stable again. This year, The D-Word was my Valentine, as I spent the day working on getting d-word.com back online and moving some of our essential stuff to a new home. Luckily, my fiancé is very understanding!

Over the last few weeks I've been preparing our new home for The D-Word and had set up a new server with the latest software and hardware so we could be ready to move the rest of the site.

Unfortunately we've experienced further downtime from our old host in the meantime, and I apologise for not completing the move sooner. Yesterday our old host automatically moved the site to a different data-center (as part of their plan to phase out the data-center that went down in February) and that broke some things unexpectedly. Luckily I had already set up the new server, so this morning I've completed the move to our new shiny server with more memory and more power. I managed to do this without any additional downtime.

I hope that no one was inconvenienced too much by any of this!

We should now expect more stability, possibly some more speed, and much less downtime. I've tested the new server thoroughly and it feels snappier to me. It's also geographically closer to Europe now, so it should feel a little faster across the pond. We now have a more durable email system as well. All in all, the recent problems have forced my hand, and I guess that's a good thing for the long term. Please let me know here if you notice any niggling issues.


David Herman
Sat 24 Mar 2012Link

happy valentines day, sweetie.


Jason Osder
Sat 24 Mar 2012Link

Peter, it loads much faster here. Well done!

Edited Sat 24 Mar 2012 by Jason Osder

Marj Safinia
Sat 24 Mar 2012Link

Thanks Peter. You should know that the D-Word really does love you back. It told me.


Ben Kempas
Sat 24 Mar 2012Link

Wow, this thing is fast now! Magic! Thanks so much Mister Distrify!


Doug Block
Sun 25 Mar 2012Link

Peter is The Dude!


Niam Itani
Thu 29 Mar 2012Link

Question to the higher authorities :)

I see lots of Arab Filmmakers (and/or Arab American filmmakers) who can benefit from crowdfunding websites are having trouble using them in a proper manner. I followed the conversation on D-word with Jennifer Fox and her co-producer and the guidelines Mike shared (I think it was Mike or maybe Mitch?).

Big Q is, I would like to write an article about these -mostly failed- attempts and highlight SOME of the most important points mentioned during the conversation with Jennifer and from the Funding topic on my own blog. Will that be okay? I will surely quote D-Word :)


Doug Block
Thu 29 Mar 2012Link

Absolutely, Niam. Go right ahead.


Niam Itani
Thu 29 Mar 2012Link

Thanks, Doug! Will do :))


Doug Block
Thu 29 Mar 2012Link

Just remember: it's not D-word or even D-Word. It's "The D-Word" :-)


Mahesh Pandey
Fri 30 Mar 2012Link

We a production house named ‘Namaste Media’ of Nepal has so far been making some TV programs n documentary films. Now we r in a process of telecasting a weekly half an hour program titled 'The Journey'. With the unique vision this documentary program is to explore our nation Nepal [which has lots of its hidden beauty] globally,to show how rich it is when it comes to nature n culture. Through D-word i would like to invite my filmmakers fren interested to shoot in Nepal.


Doug Block
Fri 30 Mar 2012Link

Good to know, Mahesh, but this is the wrong topic to post your notice. This is for people who need help navigating The D-Word. As an "Enthusiast" you're best putting this up in the Public Classifieds topic.

Edited Fri 30 Mar 2012 by Doug Block

Mahesh Pandey
Mon 2 Apr 2012Link

Thanks Doug, newcomer confusion. I got it.


Jason Osder
Thu 3 May 2012Link

Ok, this has been bugging me forever, so I am going to ask: how do people do posts that reply to MULTIPLE other posts in sequence?


Doug Block
Thu 3 May 2012Link

In reply to Jason Osder's post on Thu 3 May 2012 :

Just keep clicking...

In reply to Jason Osder's post on Thu 3 May 2012 :

that blue arrow, Jason.


Jason Osder
Thu 3 May 2012Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Thu 3 May 2012 :

Ah,

In reply to Doug Block's post on Thu 3 May 2012 :

How about that!


Dave Melonakos
Thu 31 May 2012Link

Is there a way to search "People" by U.S. state as a D-Word enthusiast? I would love to offer assistance to other doc filmmakers working in the area surrounding Charlotte, NC.


Marth Christensen
Thu 31 May 2012Link

Easy-peasey.
Just try "advanced search" under "people"


Dave Melonakos
Fri 1 Jun 2012Link

Marth, when I go the "People" tab on the home page, there is no Advanced Search for people, just an Advanced Search for posts. Maybe the People Advanced Search is just available to Professionals, not Enthusiasts?


Rob Rooy
Fri 1 Jun 2012Link

When I get on the D-Word home page, all the topics are clumped together in a single list rather than separated in to the usual 5 or so boxes. Still color-coded, though. Thought it might be my most recent Safari update, but it's doing it in Firefox also. Did I accidentally set some sort of preference I shouldn't have?


Erica Ginsberg
Fri 1 Jun 2012Link

In reply to Rob Rooy's post on Fri 1 Jun 2012 :

Rob, could it be that you need to select one of the options to organize your topics just above where you see the topics listed (I think it's Topic/Category/Date) – the Category one is the one which separates them into the usual 5 or so boxes.


Peter Gerard
Sat 2 Jun 2012Link

Advanced people search is currently only available to "Professionals".

And the option you select for Topic view (Topic/Category/Date) is remembered for your next visit. So if you end up with the wrong view, just change it by clicking at the top of the list and it will stay that way.


Catherine Stratton
Sat 2 Jun 2012Link

I've been posting on D-Word for a while now. (One of my favorite online discussion boards.) I decided though that there must be a better way to access my recent posts without trying to remember where I posted. I looked at Help and there seems to be a way but, silly me, I can't figure out the directions or finding the links on the home page to access my posts. Is there something I'm missing?


Rob Rooy
Sat 2 Jun 2012Link

Erica and Peter, thanks; that was easy! Incidentally, Peter, after almost three years here, I should state the obvious: this is the simplest, most user-friendly online discussion site I've ever used. Just excellent work. Thanks!

Edited Sat 2 Jun 2012 by Rob Rooy

Doug Block
Sat 2 Jun 2012Link

In reply to Catherine Stratton's post on Sat 2 Jun 2012 :

'Tis easy. Go to your member profile and click on Last Post. Next to it you'll see a link to All Posts.


Vivian Kleiman
Mon 4 Jun 2012Link

I want to add to Rob's note of appreciation of this discussion site.

I recall maybe some 13 years ago when Doug proposed that we use the internet for AIVF board members to communicate & give updates on our different committee activities, etc... and I was not the most supportive of board member buddies... oh well. live and learn.


Jason Osder
Tue 12 Jun 2012Link

Just got my first iPhone.

It's coo and all, but every time I go to The D-Word, it automatically fills in www.d-word.com/iphone.html – and then it says that there is no page at the address.

Try as I might, I cannot get the browser to go to d-word.com, it always puts in that /iphone.html

Surely, people use the D-wrod on the the iPhone – what is the deal?


Bill Jackson
Tue 12 Jun 2012Link

Hmm. I mostly use my iPhone. That never happens here (iPhone 4).


Ben Kempas
Tue 12 Jun 2012Link

Never heard of this. Can you override the auto-fill?


Jason Osder
Wed 13 Jun 2012Link

Yeah, I had to really trick it by typing in a full URL to the login page. Once I was logged in, everything was good. I guess this has something to do with setting up the funky network at my school, but I thought just maybe that there was some platform sniffing script malfunctioning.

Thanks, Ben :)


David Herman
Thu 14 Jun 2012Link

my heart bleeds for you i-phone operators. My Nokia C-3 fills in nothing, usually rings when someone calls me and has survived my muddy fingers for almost a year. You too can have one for just £30


Jason Osder
Thu 14 Jun 2012Link

I don’t have too many mission-critical tasks for my mobile, but posting on D-Word during SilverDocs to meet up with people for a late night meal at the Tastee Diner is one of them.


Ben Blair
Sun 15 Jul 2012Link

So I apologize for the goofy-ness of this question, but do you all have recommendations for newbies to this site for reading the topics on The D-Word. Do you:
A) Go back to page 1 on a topic and start reading from there?
B) Start from the most recent post and read backword?
C) Go back a few days and just start from there?

In some cases the topics go back a few years and I'm wondering if it makes sense to spend the time reading things that could very well be outdated now.

Just looking for some friendly advice.
Thanks!

Ben


Ajay Brar
Wed 12 Sep 2012Link

Hi, I just tried to embed a link on the Works in Progress page but got an invalid URL error. It was a Vimeo link and I was pasting the actual URL and not the embed code.


Jason Perdue
Wed 12 Sep 2012Link

Is it just me or is there something wrong with the D-Word? it's like that on every board.


John Burgan
Wed 12 Sep 2012Link

I think that's just you, Jason – not getting that here.

Ajay, I have forwarded your point to our webmaster Peter as there is definitely a problem there.


Peter Gerard
Thu 13 Sep 2012Link

In reply to Ajay Brar's post on Wed 12 Sep 2012 :

Ajay, What was the Vimeo URL?

Jason, I would recommend resetting your cache or maybe running a virus scanner on your computer. It looks like something is injecting code in your browser.


Laura Moire Paglin
Thu 13 Sep 2012Link

In reply to Jason Perdue's post on Wed 12 Sep 2012 :

Wow. The important question to me is – who IS that woman and why does she appear on every post?


John Burgan
Thu 13 Sep 2012Link

In reply to John Burgan's post on Wed 12 Sep 2012 :

Ajay – the problem in this case seems to be that you have disabled embeds in the video's security settings.


Niam Itani
Fri 21 Sep 2012Link

Is it not yet time for a D-word mobile app for iPads and Androids? :)


Rob Rooy
Thu 18 Oct 2012Link

Having trouble embedding a video in the Work-In-Progress topic. I've copied it straight from the Vimeo page, but continue to get an error message. Any thoughts?


Rob Rooy
Fri 19 Oct 2012Link

Okay, figured it out. Can't embed a video when you've created Vimeo privacy settings that disallow embeds. Duh.


Rob Rooy
Wed 24 Oct 2012Link

Is anyone else getting bogus emails from other D-Word members? I've gotten a couple supposedly from Ben Kempas and one from Tom Furtwangler. Each simply contains a mysterious link and is likely a phishing expedition. Is there any chance that somehow someone's broken through the D-Word firewall and harvested email addresses? I think I've gotten one email before from Ben – but none from Tom, so that can't be the cause of this. Any ideas, anyone? Not terribly worried yet, but thought I'd at least pose the question.

Edited Wed 24 Oct 2012 by Rob Rooy

Doug Block
Wed 24 Oct 2012Link

This is very troubling, Rob. Any thoughts, Peter? Ben?


Rob Rooy
Wed 24 Oct 2012Link

Actually, when I click on Tom's or Ben's name, it reveals a completely unrelated "Yahoo" email addresses. So they're using D-Worder's names but not email addresses – except for mine. Just not sure how they've made the connection between us.

This just started yesterday; all three start out with "Hey Robert" followed by a completely unrecognizable URL – which I've refrained from clicking on. So it's not really very clever or subtle.

Edited Wed 24 Oct 2012 by Rob Rooy

Marth Christensen
Wed 24 Oct 2012Link

Perhaps it is someone who has yours, Ben's and Tom's email addresses in their address book. And they were hacked. Not far fetched...


Rob Rooy
Wed 24 Oct 2012Link

Yeah, that could be. If no one else on the D-Word is experiencing this, that's a more likely explanation.


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