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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13 Feb

2016 FOSS donation: Call for nominations

At this time of year we think about how we can help out open source projects with a financial donation and as before, we'd like you to be part of the decision-making process.

Last year, we donated a total of US$125,000 to five different projects including the EFF's Privacy Badger and Girl Develop It, based on the theme of mainstream privacy. This year the theme remains privacy-focused but is also more closely aligned with our vision which is to raise the standard of trust online. The donation pool amount has yet to be decided but will be split between 6-10 projects, half of which will be chosen from community nominations.

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9 Feb

Tell us what you think: Font size settings

We get lots of positive feedback every day about DuckDuckGo, and one of the most-frequent comments we hear is the fact that people love the themes and advanced settings. Being able to customize DDG is something we love too! But sometimes supporting all those settings across all of your devices can get tricky.

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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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5 Feb

Looking back on Global Quack & Hack 2

On Saturday January 30, we embarked on a day of quacking and hacking, in other words uniting DuckDuckGo fans around the world to learn about how to contribute to DuckDuckGo and then put that into practice. Although the focus was on increasing awareness of our development community and its long-term plans, developers were clearly keen to get coding and we started getting contributions almost immediately.

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30 Jan

Global Quack & Hack 2 — It's Alive!

We're excited to say that our second Global Quack & Hack is underway!

We have a variety of meetups in different locations as well as developers coming together online from all over the world. Wherever you are, the discussion today is in our DuckDuckHack Slack channels. If you haven't already, please get an invite from us. Staff and expert volunteers will be around all day in all timezones to answer questions and generally make sure you're happy!

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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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21 Jan

DuckDuckHack — new and improved!

As you may have noticed, our pages for developers have changed a bit recently. We've done some serious spring cleaning and tried to focus on making it easier to discover, create and maintain DuckDuckGo Instant Answers. Here's a rundown of what we've been up to.

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18 Jan

DuckDuckGo Friends Newsletter #66

We hope 2016 has started well for you. We began the year looking back over the past twelve months, firstly in choosing the Instant Answers that we fell in love with, and subsequently looking back on our highlights of the year:

  • "Instant Answer staff picks for 2015" -- https://duck.co/blog/post/234/ia-staff-picks-2015
  • "2015: A year in review" -- https://duck.co/blog/post/236/duckduckgo-2015-review

Read on for more of our latest news...

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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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15 Jan

Join us at Global Quack & Hack 2

DuckDuckGo Global Quack and Hack 2 banner

Every day, coders around the world are helping to improve DuckDuckGo by creating Instant Answers for the topics they care about (and search) the most. On Saturday, January 30th, join us for a day dedicated to getting you involved with:

  • Meetup events around the world
  • Tutorials and webcasts for all experience levels
  • Live chat support from the staff and community
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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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