2 Apr

Weekly Update 95: The focus on programmers continues

Hello contributors,

Thanks to your efforts, the gaps on our programming IA coverage table are reducing. We highlighted this initiative in this week's blog post, together with a description for new DuckDuckGo users of the kinds of programming Instant Answers that are available. The reaction has been good, showing that your code contributions are really appreciated.

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19 Mar

Weekly Update 93: Help us convert to full templates!

Hello contributors,

We need your help updating old, crusty, structured Goodies to much more flexible (and beautiful) templates! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to convert Instant Answers from our current to-do list by:

  1. Commenting here on which IAs you'll be working on.
  2. Using the docs + our help to convert your chosen IA.
  3. Celebrating additional contribution credit across the IAs you help fix up.

If you're looking for a different challenge this weekend, there are still plenty of programming queries which are not covered by an Instant Answer. Check out https://github.com/duckduckgo/duckduckgo/wiki/Programming-IA-Coverage and see what you can add!

Of course, you can always work on one of the issues or improvements noted below:

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11 Mar

Weekly Update 92: Introducing Maintainers!

Hello everyone!

We’ve rolled out a change to DuckDuckHack that introduces, “maintainers” to our community. Now, every Instant Answer has an individual assigned as the Maintainer of that IA.

What’s a Maintainer?

A maintainer is the individual responsible for moderating Pull Requests and Issues with Instant Answers that they’re responsible for. Most basically, they oversee proposed and submitted changes to their Instant Answers to ensure the quality and reliability of an Instant Answer experience. They’re the first line of defense against things like bug reports, malicious code as well as improvements and updates!

What does this mean for me?

If you've created an Instant Answer, you should now be noted as the Maintainer on your IA page. When someone created an issue through your page, you will be notified via GitHub and should respond according to the Maintainer Guidelines: http://docs.duckduckhack.com/maintaining/guidelines.html We hope that having clear expectations for the long-term care of an Instant Answer will help foster a better sense of ownership and clarity for contributors. Over time, we hope that every Instant Answer has an attentive developer overseeing its changes and deeply caring about the answers and search queries they’re moderating.

Read more about the update here: https://duck.co/blog/post/289/maintainers-for-instant-answers

As usual, if you're looking to help out or jump into something this weekend, please check the issues below!

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4 Mar

Weekly Update 91: Helping Build Programming Instant Answers

Welcome to the weekend!

We're looking for volunteers who'd like to oversee answers for programming searches. Check out the current and potential programming Instant Answers then use the instructions at the top to help us complete the table! https://github.com/duckduckgo/duckduckgo/wiki/Programming-IA-Coverage

How much more powerful would DuckDuckGo be if there was an Instant Answer for every programming language and framework? Let's find out!

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26 Feb

Weekly Update 90: Improved Developer Attribution!

Hello DuckDuckHackers,

Yesterday, we announced more developer attribution on the search results page! If you have ever contributed to an Instant Answer, you should now see your user name when clicking the info ( i ) button.

If you don't see your name there, please follow the, "More Info" link use the "Create Issue" button on the Instant Answer page to let us know. In the issue, please include a link to the pull request where you contributed to the Instant Answer.

Additionally, a shout out to Neats29 and vikashvverma for their work on the ES6 Cheat Sheet which recently got featured in HN!

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8 Feb

Weekly Update 88: Using JavaScript with Goodies

Hello, hackers!

If you missed it, our Goodies now support JavaScript! That means you can create stand-alone Instant Answers that run on people's browsers--especially interactive ones like our timer which was made by mattr555. Check out our video tutorial on the topic: https://vimeo.com/album/3769284/video/153330462

If you want to get your hands dirty in JavaScript, check out this list of tasks compiled by GuiltyDolphin.

Help us test things out on the beta server as well if you have the time!

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24 Jan

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

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

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18 Jan

Weekly Update 85: An Easy Way To Help Out

Hello, hackers!

Last week we talked about about new platform features that are available to you. One of the features that is available on the duck.co/ia/dev page is a section called "Recently on Beta" which shows the Instant Answers that are currently in testing.

So an easy way to help out is to simply try these Instant Answers out! See if you're getting things as expected, and feel free to leave a message to the developer even if it's just a simple "This is awesome!" comment.

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9 Jan

Weekly Update 84: New Documentation and Platform Features

Hello, hackers!

If you haven't seen it yet, we have our all-new and updated documentation hosted on docs.duckduckhack.com. It includes a lot of new illustrations and videos that will guide you at every step of the way. If you have questions about anything, you can always get in touch!

The best thing about the open source community is that the seasoned developers are always ready to help out new developers.

We've also added an overview of all the activity on the platform at duck.co/ia/dev, and you can see the status of of each Instant Answer on duck.co/ia/dev/pipeline.

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21 Dec

Weekly Update 82: Support for Japanese Wikipedia!

Hello, devs!

Over the past few weeks we've been busy adding support for Japanese Wikipedia entries — around 1.5 million of them! If you now search in Japanese you should see Instant Answer summaries for some searches. For example, きつねうどん (kitsune-udon; delicious thick noodles with deep-fried tofu) and ジョウビタキ (jobitaki; a small bird called a Daurian redstart). A big thank you to user marsf for helping with testing.

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28 Nov

Weekly Update 79: Programming Instant Answer Coverage and New Meetups!

Hello, everyone!

We've collected a list of Instant Answers that are related to programming on our Wiki recently. So if you're interested in checking DuckDuckGo's support for a programming language, or if you'd like to improve our coverage, check out https://github.com/duckduckgo/duckduckgo/wiki/Programming-IA-Coverage and start hacking!

If you're in Philadelphia on December 8, come join us and Code for Philly for a discussion on how to use open civic data to create Instant Answers. See you there! http://www.meetup.com/QuackHack/events/226998933/

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21 Nov

Weekly Update 78: Holiday-themed Instant Answers!

Hello, everyone!

The holidays are coming! What better way to spend it than to come and give back to the community by contributing new Instant Answers and improvements and fixes to DuckDuckHack!

If you have some ideas on some holiday-themed Instant Answers, make sure you add them to https://duck.co/ideas so that we can get them in time!

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