3 Jul

Weekly Update 58: On Keeping Up With The Zeitgeist

Keeping up with the Zeitgeist

One of the reasons why people love Instant Answers is that they come up right when you need them. I think we can get better at this by being in the loop about everything, and anticipating future events. One way to think about this is through your interests. If you're into games, you might want to create Instant Answers for new games such as The Witcher 3, or maybe some games that you already love like Minecraft. Another way is to think about the date: you could write IAs that will be useful in the future such as skiing conditions or outdoor concerts.

Special mention to @mayo and @altern8tif for taking on the southern hemisphere issues, and fixing a broken URL. Both of which appeared in last week's list of issues.

Also, one of our community leaders @loganom is reviving the World of Craft Beer Instant Answer!

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26 Jun

Weekly Update 57: Ten million searches, bug hunts, and Meetup events!

As you might have heard, we've recently crossed ten million searches a day, which means that a whole lot of people are going to see your work.

So I think it's time for us to go on a bug hunt. Test our instant answers on https://duck.co/ia, and tell us if you find anything wrong with the results that you get. Maybe it doesn't work in your country or maybe things don't work as you'd expect. We'd love any kind of feedback on them!

Special thanks to @pghpeglow, @getjithin, and @NAMANDISTRO for hosting their cities' Meetup events this past week!

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23 Jun

Why DuckDuckGo is giving away 10,000 shirts

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DuckDuckGo just crossed ten million searches a day for the first time ever! We’re proud to be helping so many people take back their privacy. In celebration, we’re giving away ten thousand DuckDuckGo t-shirts to enthusiasts who help their friends and family take back their privacy as well.
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19 Jun

Community Activity and Overview

All the old cheat sheets have been converted to the new format--thanks to Kishor, Alfonz, and Puneeth for doing such a great job at that!

We need to be vigilant when it comes to Instant Answer triggering because we don't want them to show up on unrelated queries. We need your help to test and fix them! Check out the "5-minute Fixes" section for more details.

If you have a little bit more time available, we need your help doing some spring cleaning in both the Goodies and Spice repos!

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29 May

Community Activity and Overview

Hello, everyone!

Cheat sheets have gotten tremendous amount of love and support, so we've made it easier to make them. If you'd like to start making cheat sheets yourself or if you're interested in helping us do some clean up, check out this issue!

We are in the process of adding developer attribution (credits) on instant answers. Check it out and let us know what you think while we continue to refine it increase coverage. Bitcoin is one good example.

Finally, we have Meetup groups in Bangalore, Lawrence, in Los Angeles. Join us if you're in the area!

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12 May

Hack Your City

Represent DuckDuckGo in your city! We're excited to announce that we're accepting applications for volunteers to lead monthly DuckDuckHack developer meetup groups. These meetup groups aim to bring like-minded DuckDuckHack community members together to eat, chat, and hack on Instant Answers for the DuckDuckGo search engine. The bill is on us 😄

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1 May

Community Activity and Overview

Hello, everyone!

The community has done a very good job of maintaining the codebase recently, and it's something that we've never really had much of in the past. It's especially true when it comes to reviving old and abandoned Instant Answers, quickly finding and fixing bugs, and helping out to move to simpler or better solutions. It's quite a sight to see.

Now that we're getting more and more contributors, we've been experimenting on different ways to smooth out the entire process. One of the things we're doing behind the scenes is adding more built-in templates so that it's no longer necessary to add custom JS/CSS. And we've been building them based on your work! Check out how much cruft was removed when we transitioned to the list template or the movies template.

We have some Instant Answers that launched this week which includes Geometry, EventsNearMe, Twitch Streams, and the Dogo IAs which include movies, news, and books! To get involved this week, check out the sections below!

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