Community Activity and Overview
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!
- Solar System
Get information about the objects in our solar system!
- Simplify TorNodes design
Removed custom design elements and reduced the amount of overall code.
- PercentOf: Calculation fix
Fix the calculation of the result.
- Fix FedEx Tracking URL
The old tracking URL no longer works.
New Instant Answer Ideas:
- Drug Information
Give people detailed information about a certain drug.
- Game Cheat Codes
Help gamers out by giving them a list of cheat codes!
- Arxiv Papers
Give information about an Arxiv paper given it's identification number.
- MetaCPAN: More at link broken for certain queries
Could also use some visual fixes, but having the correct "More at" link is important for usability.
- NameDays: Table shouldn't extend past organic link width
The organic links often have the same width as the Instant Answer.
- InTheaters: "kids movies in theaters" should show G/PG movies
Typing in "kids movies in theaters" should filter the results.
- SearchCode: Revive this IA! Port it to the new Spice API for re-launch
This Instant Answer hasn't seen the light of day in a while. Help us revive it!
- Time vs Timer: Query "time"
Typing in "time" shows a timer. It should show the current time instead.
- ColorPicker: Mobile layout fixes, try to use DDG grid system
Fix the layout of our swanky ColorPicker Instant Answer!
Have a good weekend!
- The DuckDuckHack Staff