7 Nov

Weekly Update 76: Live Coding Session!

Hello, hackers!

If you're interested in learning how to make your own Instant Answer or if you just want to learn more about them, join us on a live screen-cast with Zaahir Moolla on Nov 11th from 1PM to 2PM EDT!

More details will be coming soon so stay tuned!

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23 Oct

Weekly Update 74: Organizing Quack and Hack Events

Hello, hackers!

If you're interested in organizing a Quack and Hack event in your city, we're currently open for more Meetup groups! You'll be in charge of everything from Meetup venues to working with the DuckDuckGo staff on improvements to our global community.

Speaking of Quack and Hack events, we now have 4 new Meetup events that you can go to if you're around the area: Penn State University (University Park, PA), USA, Kolkata, India, Lehigh Valley, PA, USA, Rosario, Argentina .

Here are some Instant Answers from the recent Penn State University Quack and Hack: Emoticon Cheat Sheet, GTA V Cheat Codes, and Even.

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2 Oct

Weekly update 71: Unfinished Instant Answers and Help Fixing Bugs!

Hello, everyone!

If you're thinking of doing some programming this weekend, consider continuing some of our unfinished Instant Answers such as the Multimonth Calendar (which is honestly really cool) and our Interactive BMI Calculator!

If you're more interested in making your own, see if any of the ideas below fancy you. We get contributions from both front-end and back-end developers so don't be shy and join us!

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4 Sep

Weekly Update 67: More Open Source Goodness and Beta Instant Answers!

Hello, Hackers!

We had a lot of contributors after the Global Quack & Hack event, and we couldn't have done it without our amazing community especially the Community Leaders and Meetup Organizers. We've been testing a new system as well, and it lets us install pull requests automatically on beta.duckduckgo.com. Check it out!

If you missed it, we've also been pushing to move most of our frontend code open source. First came our Litestrap Framework, then our Instant Answer Templates (along with our own Handlebars.js helpers), and now we just released the common styling elements used on DuckDuckgo!

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28 Aug

Weekly Update 66: Global Quack & Hack Kickoff and Open Sourcing the Templates

Hello, Hackers!

Tomorrow is the Global Quack & Hack! We'll be kicking off at 05:00AM EDT and providing live chat support until 05:00AM on Sunday--but you can tune in any time! We're on Slack and repeating our webinar throughout the day!

In other news, we've open sourced all of our Instant Answer templates! So if you're interested in learning about the internals of almost every Instant Answer on DuckDuckGo, check out duckduckgo-answerbar-templates and duckduckgo-template-helpers.

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21 Aug

Weekly Update 65: New Cheat Sheet Templates and Slack Chat Invites

Happy Friday!

First of all, props to Ettienne (@Sloff on Github) for converting all of our cheat sheets to use the new templates! We've added new templates to accommodate different cheat sheet styles so that your Wu-Tang cheat sheet can look different from your code cheat sheet.

If you haven't joined our Slack team yet, you can get an invite here. It's where we talk about the development of Instant Answers, and anyone can join in.

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31 Jul

Weekly Update 62: New Faces

DuckDuckHackers,

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.

"5-minute Fixes"

This section contains small issues or improvements that can be accomplished in a few short minutes. Perfect for newbies or novices.

"Weekend Warriors"

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!

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24 Jul

Weekly Update 61: Searches That Annoy You, and More Meetup Updates!

Hello, everyone!

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.

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17 Jul

Weekly Update 60: Announcing the Global Quack and Hack and Our First Event in Texas!

DuckDuckHackers,

Mark your calendars for Aug 29th because we're hosting a Global Quack & Hack, and you're invited to participate online or via a local Meetup group. Expect broadcasts from the staff, live coding help for your Instant Answers, and a central theme of helping answer technical searches (programming, cryptography, design, etc). Get ready and we'll share details soon!

Speaking of meetups, the first event in Texas is coming to Dallas next weekend. Please join us if you're in the area: http://www.meetup.com/Quack-Hack-Dallas/events/223958922/

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10 Jul

Weekly Update 59: DuckDuckHackathons Galore!

DuckDuckHackathons Galore!

Thanks to everyone who showed up to last weekend's Bangalore Meetup! Many new awesome cheat sheets were developed as well as a couple Goodies:

We also manged to get a couple great photos!

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3 Jul

Weekly Update 58: On Keeping Up With The Zeitgeist

Keeping up with the Zeitgeist

One of the reasons why people love Instant Answers is that they come up right when you need them. I think we can get better at this by being in the loop about everything, and anticipating future events. One way to think about this is through your interests. If you're into games, you might want to create Instant Answers for new games such as The Witcher 3, or maybe some games that you already love like Minecraft. Another way is to think about the date: you could write IAs that will be useful in the future such as skiing conditions or outdoor concerts.

Special mention to @mayo and @altern8tif for taking on the southern hemisphere issues, and fixing a broken URL. Both of which appeared in last week's list of issues.

Also, one of our community leaders @loganom is reviving the World of Craft Beer Instant Answer!

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26 Jun

Weekly Update 57: Ten million searches, bug hunts, and Meetup events!

As you might have heard, we've recently crossed ten million searches a day, which means that a whole lot of people are going to see your work.

So I think it's time for us to go on a bug hunt. Test our instant answers on https://duck.co/ia, and tell us if you find anything wrong with the results that you get. Maybe it doesn't work in your country or maybe things don't work as you'd expect. We'd love any kind of feedback on them!

Special thanks to @pghpeglow, @getjithin, and @NAMANDISTRO for hosting their cities' Meetup events this past week!

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