16 May

Community Activity and Overview This Week

This is a copy of our weekly activity email sent to the DuckDuckHack Developer's List. If you'd like to join that list, you can do so here.

DuckDuckHackers,

A lot of great things are coming together as we push to launch the next version of DuckDuckGo out of beta and into general availability. Details about the latest release to next.duckduckgo.com can be found in this post. So far, your feedback has been tremendously helpful so thank you to those who've been poking around! Now, we'd love your help in testing for bugs/weirdness in various browsers, operating systems, and mobile devices.

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10 May

Community Activity and Overview This Week

This is a copy of our weekly activity email sent to the DuckDuckHack Developer's List. If you'd like to join that list, you can do so here.

Hi, Devs!

If you've been following our emails over the past couple weeks, then you know that we're working on the next version of DuckDuckGo. These upcoming changes should be going live in a few weeks and, right now, we're still busy converting instant answers for the new interface. Some of you have already jumped in and lent a hand--and to that we say, "Many thanks. We love you!"

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25 Apr

Community Activity and Overview This Week

This is a copy of our weekly activity email sent to the DuckDuckHack Developer's List. If you'd like to join that list, you can do so here.

Happy Friday, devs!

We're still working on some upcoming changes (hoping to share next week) and we'd love any help you can give in moving pull requests along. Please check out the open Spice and Goodie PRs if you'd like to jump in! As usual, please see below for an overview of activity this week and some things to dabble in :)

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18 Apr

Community Activity and Overview This Week

Hello, Devs!

As we mentioned last week, we're busy working on some major revisions to DuckDuckGo that we're hoping to share with you (developers) shortly. We apologize in advance if we're a bit slower than usual to get to your pull requests. If you're looking for some immediate help, please email this list with any questions, post to our forums, or ping one of the community leaders mentioned in our QA process.

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11 Apr

Community Activity and Overview This Week

Devs!

We and the community leaders have been working on a more refined process for reviewing and merging instant answer pull requests. To see the new process and how things are typically QA'd, check out:

  1. Review Process - an overview of the new review process and people who can help.
  2. How to QA an Instant Answer - a reference guide showing common issues and what standards a pull request is tested against.

Also, heads up! We're very excited to announce that, in the coming weeks, DuckDuckGo will launch a major revision to the search engine. It brings tons of new features and functionality—especially for Instant Answers. Devs will be the first to see it! :)

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8 Apr

Friends Newsletter #49

This is a copy of our monthly friends email newsletter. If you want to get it via email, you can sign up on our about page.

DuckDuckGo friends,

Recently, The Guardian and Metro did a couple of interviews with us that you might find interesting:

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12 Mar

2014 FOSS Donations

We just made our Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) donations for 2014! Like the previous three years, we picked a theme and then allocated half of our donations to projects suggested by our community and the other half to our own picks.

In the past year, the importance of secure communications has been made clearer than ever, and so we picked that as our theme.

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8 Mar

Friends Newsletter #48

This is a copy of our monthly friends email newsletter. If you want to get it via email, you can sign up on our about page.

DuckDuckGo friends,

Last month, Fast Company did a nice in-depth , which highlights how we're approaching instant answers from a community perspective.

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1 Mar

Community Activity and Overview This Week

Hello, devs!

We've had a pretty busy week, and there have been a lot of changes (see "notable changes" at the bottom). As always, you can send an e-mail to this mailing list, or you can go to the forum or on IRC if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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26 Feb

Logos That Didn't Make the Homepage

We love doing special homepage logos for cool events and commemorations. The vast majority of special logos have been created by our talented designer, MWatermelon and we usually go through a few different versions of a particular logo before we get it just right. In some cases, though, we completely change it at the last minute or miss a deadline entirely (oops).

Here are a few logos that never made it out the door...

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20 Feb

The Gap

It looks like the instant answers have been getting a lot of love and attention recently. You've probably seen that a variety of issues are getting fixed, and each of our pull requests (at least in both the Spice and Goodies repository) are getting thoroughly reviewed. The community is growing, and it's starting to play a much larger role in determining how well the codebase will grow. I'm very happy about our progress!

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14 Feb

Activity Update #5

Devs,
 
Please see below for an overview of some recent community activity. I'm also excited to say that we've had a lot of activity this week on the Goodies repo!
 
Any questions? Let us know!
 
Happy Valentine's day, everyone! Hugs and LOLs,
 
-Jag
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31 Jan

Activity Update #3

Please see below for an overview of some recent community activity. If you're looking for something to get involved with, there are a few near-finished instant answers with no response from the developer (we've included some under the, "Rescue A Pull Request" section below).
Additionally, it's the time of the year where we nominate FOSS projects to donate to! If you're particularly passionate about a certain project, please nominate it in the thread here!

Any questions? Let us know!

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24 Jan

Activity Update #2

Please see below for an overview of some recent community activity. If you're looking for something to get involved with, there are a few near-finished instant answers with no response from the developer (we've included some under the, "Rescue A Pull Request" section below).

Any questions? Let us know!

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