29 May

Community Activity and Overview

Hello, everyone!

Cheat sheets have gotten tremendous amount of love and support, so we've made it easier to make them. If you'd like to start making cheat sheets yourself or if you're interested in helping us do some clean up, check out this issue!

We are in the process of adding developer attribution (credits) on instant answers. Check it out and let us know what you think while we continue to refine it increase coverage. Bitcoin is one good example.

Finally, we have Meetup groups in Bangalore, Lawrence, in Los Angeles. Join us if you're in the area!

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12 May

Hack Your City

Represent DuckDuckGo in your city! We're excited to announce that we're accepting applications for volunteers to lead monthly DuckDuckHack developer meetup groups. These meetup groups aim to bring like-minded DuckDuckHack community members together to eat, chat, and hack on Instant Answers for the DuckDuckGo search engine. The bill is on us 😄

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1 May

Community Activity and Overview

Hello, everyone!

The community has done a very good job of maintaining the codebase recently, and it's something that we've never really had much of in the past. It's especially true when it comes to reviving old and abandoned Instant Answers, quickly finding and fixing bugs, and helping out to move to simpler or better solutions. It's quite a sight to see.

Now that we're getting more and more contributors, we've been experimenting on different ways to smooth out the entire process. One of the things we're doing behind the scenes is adding more built-in templates so that it's no longer necessary to add custom JS/CSS. And we've been building them based on your work! Check out how much cruft was removed when we transitioned to the list template or the movies template.

We have some Instant Answers that launched this week which includes Geometry, EventsNearMe, Twitch Streams, and the Dogo IAs which include movies, news, and books! To get involved this week, check out the sections below!

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3 Apr

Community Activity and Overview

Hello, everyone!

This week we've merged 13 pull requests. Here's one of the Instant Answers that got merged in. Check it out!

Our first-ever New York Quack & Hack event is tomorrow! It doesn't matter if you're just starting out on DuckDuckHack either—beginners are definitely welcome!

Special mention to puskin94 who is creating the first game (2048) that's going to go on DuckDuckGo.

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27 Mar

Community Activity and Overview

Hello, everyone!

Next week, the community is hosting a developer event in New York City. If you can't attend yourself, please help us spread the word!

In other news, the Spice repository got a lot of cleanup this week. The reddit Instant Answer is now using a regex trigger instead of trigger words so thanks to puskin94 for that one. You can see all the other changes made this week (many to triggers, libraries, and UI stuff) in the release notes.

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19 Mar

2015 Open Source Donations

We just made our Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) donations for 2015! Thank you for all the community nominations . As in previous years, we were looking for projects where our donations would move the needle.

Our primary focus this year was to support projects that are bringing privacy tools to those who need them. We chose four projects we think are of paramount importance to achieving that goal:

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8 Mar

Community Activity and Overview

Hello, everyone!

A very special thanks to the people who fixed the issues in last week's e-mail namely ilv for improving the output of temperature conversions and SoerenWeber for fixing the missing labels in FrequencySpectrum!

This week we found out that v2 of Octopart's API is going to be deprecated soon, and we need to switch to v3! If you're interested making the switch, check out #1595.

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