24 Jan

Weekly Update 86: Global Quack & Hack 2 is Next Week!

This is a copy of our weekly newsletter for developers which you can subscribe to here.

It's official! Global Quack and Hack is next week! Check out all the deets in https://duck.co/blog/post/239/global-quack-hack-2-details.

If you're stuck indoors because of this weekend's blizzard, help out developers by testing out some of the new Instant Answers in our beta server.

Finally, shout out to Rob Emery for refactoring Conversions and making it easier for people to extend it in the future. Here it is in action! https://duckduckgo.com/?q=convert+21+F+to+C&ia=answer

New Instant Answers

5-minute fixes

Minecraft: should support alternate names for items
Item names are too hard to guess. They should have alternate names or should be stored with the most common term. 'shovel' for example, isn't in the item list, but rather stored in the plural form as 'shovels'.

Location Sunrise/Sunset: Should only trigger and return a result when a place is specified in the query
Right now the Spice and Goodie have the chance to trigger on the same query. The Goodie should only trigger when the query contains no place, and the Spice should only trigger when this is a place in the query.

SeatGeek Events (Artist): Add "event" and "events" as end triggers
We should be able to trigger this Instant Answer on queries like "tycho events".

Weekend Warriors

Frequency Spectrum: move embedded JS to .js file
Writing JS to the page from the Perl module isn't needed since template and JavaScript support has been added to Goodies.

SunInfo: Sun times for Toronto, Canada are off by one hour
Help us investigate why SunInfo is returning the wrong results for certain places.

GoWatchIt: Incorrect availability for DVD title
Sometimes Netflix might not be available in your country, but it would still show up in GoWatchIt results. See if you can figure out a way to make the UI a little less misleading.

Have a good weekend, everyone. And stay warm!
- The DuckDuckGo Staff

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I feel happy thanks to those news

posted by FranckSevigne • 2 years and 4 months ago Link

Thx for the post

posted by delightfulastatine • 2 years and 8 months ago Link

It help me a lot, thank you !

posted by Tanso • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

Can you checkout this dropbox cheat sheet https://github.com/DPAUTH/zeroclickinfo-goodies/pull/1 so someone can put it on beta?

posted by duckduckian • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

Hi and thanks for making this cheat sheet - good idea!

It looks like that pull request was only sent to your personal repository (

Perl Code:
), not to the DuckDuckGo repository. Please could you try to send a pull request with your new cheat sheet to the
Perl Code:
repository. The way to do this is, after commiting your code,
Perl Code:
git push origin
to your personal repository and then, through the GitHub website, send a pull request to the DuckDuckGo repository.

There's a video tutorial here: https://vimeo.com/148366187
or the documentation here: http://docs.duckduckhack.com/submitting/pull-request.html

I'd also recommend asking for help in the #ask-anything Slack channel. If you need an invite just send an empty email to quackslack@duckduckgo.com
posted by tagawa Staff • 3 years and 1 month ago Link