Help Describe Instant Answers!

zac Staff zac
Created: 3 years and 5 months ago • Updated: 3 years and 5 months ago
Hey all,

We're building better Instant Answer pages (like this) and we need your help! Currently, most Instant Answer pages have a very short description of the Instant Answer. We'd love some help writing longer descriptions for each IA so that people can learn more about them.

For example, here's one that's currently short (bad) and another that's long (good).

To help, check out each Instant Answer page and then leave a comment here (below) that includes:

1. A link to the Instant Answer page you're submitting for.
2. Your description.

We'll be giving special thanks to everyone who helps so feel free to include your Twitter handle (if you have one) for a shoutout!


Attached Files: 1
Long (good) Description.png - Full

This forum has been archived

Thank you all for the many comments, questions and suggestions. Particular thanks go to user x.15a2 for constantly monitoring, replying and helping so many users here. To continue these discussions, please head over to the DuckDuckGo subreddit.


API documentation for the Clojure programming language, including function signatures and English descriptions of the functionality.

twitter: @zckzck
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 5 months ago Link
Hi Zac,

I'd love to impact the community in a larger way. However, I don't code.

I love writing.

Where do you believe I can best support DuckDuckGo?
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 5 months ago Link
Just to clarify, you're looking for descriptions of the data source itself (e.g., "AlternativeTo lists alternatives to web-based software..."), not descriptions of the search result (e.g., "display software that are alternatives to the software queried"), right?
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 5 months ago Link

Provides the text of selected Bible verses from the NET Bible translation.
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 5 months ago Link

Returns a list of members of the United States Congress for the specified state.
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 5 months ago Link

Provides updates on the status of individual flights, including departure and arrival times and gate information.
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 5 months ago Link

Provides a definition of codes returned by an FTP server.
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 5 months ago Link

Finds Google+ users matching your search. Typing "google+" then the username of the person you want to find will return this instant answer.

Shows information about a book (such as title, author, star rating, price, description and cover) from Amazon. Typing "ISBN" followed by the books ISBN will return this instant answer.

Hashes a given string using a SHA hash algorithm. Typing "SHA" or "SHA-512" followed by the string you wish to hash returns this instant answer.

Finds lyrics on MetroLyrics for a given song title or excerpt. Shows the first few lines with a link to read "more at MetroLyrics."

Shows images related to the query. Though this instant answer is always present, it can be automatically opened by typing "images" at the end of your query.

Finds the current location of the International Space Station and shows it on a map.

I have no !twitter so if you find it necessary to credit me, simply use my username.

posted by MyUser 3 years and 5 months ago Link

This instant answer shows a user's latest tweet. Typing "@TwitterUserName" or "Twitter UserName" returns the latest tweet from that user.
posted by svdsande 3 years and 5 months ago Link

Shows answers to searches that have been asked and answered on the popular Ubuntu StackExchange forum, Ask Ubuntu.

Returns the Bitcoin Exchange Rate with Buy And Sell in dollars. It is returned for queries such as "bitcoin," "bitcoin eur" and "bitcoin cny."

Calculates the nth root of a number. This IA is returned in searches like "square root of 9" or "seventh root of 9."

Randomly returns either "heads" or "tails" for searches such as "flip a coin" or "heads or tails."

You can also flip multiple coins by searching "flip # coins." For example, if you wanted to flip 4 coins you could search "flip 4 coins."
posted by MyUser 3 years and 4 months ago Link