Answers from within a time-frame

<hidden> anonymous
Created: 2 years and 8 months ago • Updated: 2 years and 8 months ago
Hi all,

Newbie here. There is one feature of Google which I like that I could ask it to give me relevant answers generated on a query say between last 3 or 6 months. This is more or less exclusively how I use the search-engines. I looked at the various help pages. In particular saw the Results and the various sub-pages therein but that doesn't answer my question. Is there a way to do that ?

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MyUser
Hi there! Great that you're using DuckDuckGo.

Your question (or variants of it) is the most asked question on duck.co. And no, DuckDuckGo really doesn't have any date functions or features. You can find out more about that here: https://duck.co/help/features/dates

You know actually, that page is pretty useless. So let me give you a rundown of what I've picked up while on the forums here:
- If you want to sort results by date, you can use the sort:date function. Just at " sort:date" to the end of your search.
- Dates are not a priority for the DDG staff (which is a shame because it is literally the most asked for feature on these forums). The reason is mostly because of how DDG collects and returns it's results which makes it difficult for it to get date data. (You'll notice that sort:date doesn't have the best ever results.)
- There are no functions for date ranges. You'll have to use Google, Bing or another search engine for that.
- There's a news IA for if you search for a recent news article. You'll see the "News" tab in the IA banner (or whatever it's called).

Anyway, to answer your question, no there is no function and no, there won't be that function anytime soon (unless the DDG staff are keeping awful quite and want to surprise us with it; we can all hold out hope!).

I'd recommend you use DDG for your regular searches then use one of the bangs suggested in that help article I linked to whenever you need to do a date search.

Cheers,
MyUser
posted by MyUser 2 years and 8 months ago Link
anonymous
Not true on the second point, I can assure you they're under development. ;)
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 8 months ago Link
MyUser
I sure hope so.
posted by MyUser 2 years and 8 months ago Link
x.15a2
Hello and welcome to DDG and thanks for your input. I want to clarify the comment:
Quote:
- Dates are not a priority for the DDG staff (which is a shame because it is literally the most asked for feature on these forums). The reason is mostly because of how DDG collects and returns it's results which makes it difficult for it to get date data. (You'll notice that sort:date doesn't have the best ever results.)

Dates are indeed a priority for the DDG developers and it not just being ignored. As stated in many posts on this forums, dates are particularly difficult because DDG gets its results from multiple sources and these sources use divergent models for providing date information. As I understand it, DDG could potentially provide date sorts but at the expense speed of results being returned.

Dates will continue to be a priority for the DDG Dev team, as will relevant results and a non-tracking search environment.
posted by x.15a2 Community Leader2 years and 8 months ago Link
anonymous
Any update, as I see it part of the query has been solved as date has become, now the only thing which is sort of remaining is date::range , once that is solved then it would become interesting at least for me as I am interested to see what articles, news etc. is about something in say the last 2 weeks or a month or more. This AFAIK is not possible atm, although if my guess is correct then ddg is doing some sort of caching of results so it should be possible (even at the expense of speed of results).
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 9 months ago Link