zac
We added !bang autocomplete (a feature from our mobile apps) to help surface !bangs even more. Currently (on duckduckgo.com), there's little mention of !bangs except in the right sidebar as, "Try this search on" which doesn't get much love as most people think they're ads or related search suggestions. Also, in the dropdown menu next to the search button but it doesn't do a good job of telling users, "there are a ton of !bangs not shown" and that you can trigger them when you type, not just as a button click.

Of course, we'd like more people to know about !bangs so if you have any ideas, please let us know!

Haven't revisited the functionality of !bangs yet but that's a cool request for times when a site's search function requires more than 1 type of input.
posted by zac Staff3 years and 11 months ago Link

anonymous
I think it would be really cool if you had a customizable docket of !bangs as buttons in the left margin. They would be like vertical bookmarks with an icon for Wikipedia, Free Dictionary, etc. When I clicked the bookmark button it could fill in the !bang, but they would also act as toggles for the current search. I often find myself making a search and then wanting to refine it. Clicking a bookmark with a current search open would load the results from the same search prepended with the bang, or redirect there if it's a bang that launches something. Then Duck Duck Go can also feel like a portal for multiple search services.
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 11 months ago Link