Weekly Update 61: Searches That Annoy You, and More Meetup Updates!
Some of you have reached out to us this week looking for inspiration on what Instant Answers to create. Although we have a ton on ideas from our community, we encourage you to build Instant Answers for the searches that annoy you most! Think of the searches you perform often and which ones don't have an Instant Answers. Then ask yourself how that search can be solved via an Instant Answer. For example, searching for Ruby Gems is a great experience but searching for Ruby syntax is not. In this case, an Instant Answer could be made for Ruby syntax searches, using a source like this.
Also, we just want to remind you that there are two Meetup events happening this week!
Dallas, TX - Saturday, July 25
Los Angeles, CA - Wednesday, July 29
Come on over if you're in the area for food, drinks, and coding! Check out the full list of Meetup groups here as well for future events.
- Music from Movies or TV Shows
Make it easy for people to get all the songs from their favorite movies and TV shows!
- Bike Racks
Find bike racks that you can use around your area!
- Life Expectancy
Display the life expectancy of men and women given a country. The World Bank would be a good source for this.
- PeopleInSpace: Decrease or eliminate z-index
Reduce the z-index for the flags because they're messing with other elements on the page.
- RandWord: Check query doesn't have extra words
This Instant Answer should only trigger on "random word" or "random words" and nothing else.
- Gravatar, Keybase, Zodiac, Twitter: Switch to Icon template group
Zodiac still needs to be converted before we can close this off!
- Currency: The default currency should depend on the person's region
The default currency conversion is currently set to EUR, but it would be better if it knew what region the person is in and converted based on the local currency instead.
- Last.fm Artist: Add relevancy block to require description for results
Some queries come up with poor Last.fm results and sometimes they're irrelevant as well. We need to be stricter when it comes to relevancy.
- Convert HTML Goodies to use templates
Let's get rid of all the Goodies that return HTML strings and use our new templates instead!
Have a good weekend, everyone!
- The DuckDuckGo Staff