I really hate this change.

It’s only been in effect for a couple days, and I can’t count the number of times it has forced me to re-enter my searches.

It’s a matter of muscle memory. I use bangs so often, it’s second-nature to look up something in wiki: w! or check out something in WolframAlpha: wa! or search on Amazon: a! or do a quick image search: i!

… and now all my instincts are wrong. I hit enter, am taken to a generic results page, and waste time retyping my query with the bang in front, which is very unnatural.

I’ve also written scripts for DDG that are affected by this change in syntax that I’ve now had to revise.

I know I can’t be the only long-time user having problems with this.

In fact the response has been overwhelmingly negative on the Reddit thread announcing the change here:

It’s very frustrating. Please provide the URL parameter to return to the old way of bangs! Thank you.
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