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.
New Instant Answer Ideas:
- Meetups Nearby
Make it easy for people to find Meetup events in their area. This would be very useful as a map.
List the discography of a band or an artist.
- Bower Search
This might be helpful if you're a front-end developer. Allow people to easily search for Bower packages that they can install.
- DaysBetween: Improve triggering
This Instant Answer should be able to trigger on "number of days between" and "number of days from A and B".
- UnixPermissions: Improve triggering
It should also trigger on "unix file permission", "unix permission", etc.
- Passphrase: Improve triggering
Currently, only "random passphrase" triggers it. Modify it to account for more variations!
- Nutrition: Relevancy checking might be too strict
"protein in turkey bacon" and all other "protein in ..." queries trigger this Instant Answer, but we're not showing any results.
- Continue LOLCAT translator
The Goodie is almost done, but needs a little more love. Let's get it live!
- InTheaters: Make it easier to add aliases in the code
We have filtering in the backend so that you can search "pg-13 movies" or "kids movies", but listing out all the variations can be tedious.
Have a good weekend, everyone!
- The DuckDuckGo Staff.