Weekly Update 62: New Faces
We've seen a lot of new faces over the past couple months and so we think now is a good time to review these emails. Every week, we send this email and x-post it to our blog to draw attention to contributors and the Instant Answers they're building. Every email follows the same structure:
A paragraph or two on general updates, reminders, and tidbits followed by categorized sections:
"New Instant Answer Ideas"
Here, we'll highlight a few nifty Instant Answer ideas submitted by the community that need a developer to bring them to life.
This section contains small issues or improvements that can be accomplished in a few short minutes. Perfect for newbies or novices.
The tasks listed under Weekend Warriors are a challenge we need help with. Think, "Legendary" in Halo.
Sticking with the usual motif, please see what you can accomplish below! We'd love to highlight your achievements in the next email or a blog post!
New Instant Answer Ideas:
- Default Key Bindings for Recent/Popular Games
Help us create cheat sheets for some of your favorite games!
- Day of the Week Calculator
It would be useful to let people do some quick calendar lookups such as "What day will November 23 2050 be?".
- Pool/Billiard Rules Cheat Sheets
If you play pool or billiards, create some cheat sheets on DuckDuckGo for easy reference!
- ProductHunt: Relevancy
Make sure that the title is similar to the search query by adding a relevancy block.
- TimezoneConverter: Detect User Timezone
The Instant Answer should consider the user's timezone before converting.
- MetaCpan: Switch to Text or Info Template Group
This will allow us to provide a title and subtitle so the result look a bit more like our other IAs.
- Add proxy_cache_valid to Spices
Many Spices are incorrectly using the is_cached parameter instead of proxy_cache_valid.
- Use $.getJSON Where $.getScript Isn't Needed
Some Spices use $.getScript where $.getJSON is more appropriate or more idiomatic.
- Random Word: Should Show Definition for the Random Word
The Random Word Instant Answer is a bit lacking on the visuals. It would be better if we could display it as our dictionary.
Have a good weekend, everyone!
- The DuckDuckGo Staff