Weekly Update 105: Your Instant Answer stats
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Did you know that you have access to the traffic for your Instant Answers (IAs)? If so, have you checked it recently? You may be pleasantly surprised.
If you'd like to increase the traffic, you could consider how to improve the triggers to encompass more search queries, or if it's a cheat sheet, whether to add some aliases. For example, people searching for "raspberry pi" often use the queries "raspi" or "rpi". The challenge is to find the best balance of relevant triggers that don't include unrelated search queries.
As well as improving your own Instant Answers, here are some others we're looking for help with...
This IA should be able to handle prepositions in the query such as "for" and "in".
E.g. "100 megabytes in bytes" should show the exact answer, not a formula.
The default currencies are euros and dollars. It would be better to have the user's local currency as default.
Making dates easier is always a good thing, and there are people able to lend a hand if you get stuck.
IAs for Adoption
The following Instant Answers are looking for a maintainer. If you'd like to step forward, please create an issue on GitHub using the button at the bottom of each IA page.
This week's tip is simple and you may have seen us tweet about it at @DuckDuckHack. Whether you're learning the basics or trying to polish your skills, there's a wonderful crowd-sourced list of programming books and other resources — hundreds of them, all available for free:
And yes, that's legally free ☺
The list is divided into nearly 200(!) categories and also offers links to online courses and interactive tutorials. On top of that, there are lists of programming resources in 23 non-English languages.
Thanks to Zaahir (moollaza) for sharing this, and I encourage you to send suggestions to that repository if you know of more good free programming resources.
That's all for now — have a great weekend!
- The DuckDuckGo Staff