Filter search results by date

[Old Forum victorquinn] anonymous
Created: 6 years and 4 months ago
Hi Gabriel,

This is certainly a "if/when you have time for it" feature request, but it is one of the few things I still go to Google for and I try to do that as infrequently as possible. I figured I would let you know and you can implement it or ignore it, but at least then I will have let you know about it.

Google has the ability to filter search results by date and it would be great if DuckDuckGo could do the same. Often I am looking for something and just want current or current-ish results (e.g. if searching for a bug in OS X, I don't care about results from 2004 because it's likely been fixed since then). Sometimes, when searching for timely data such as this on DuckDuckGo, the result I am looking for is lost in older (irrelevant) results so I use your !g bang to pop over to Google where I can easily tell it to filter results to show only those from the past year or past month or past week.

Regards,
Victor

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yegg
We actually implemented this recently. You can type in sort:date after your query or use the drop down next to the search box.
posted by yegg Staff6 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
This is truly amazing. This thread is 3 years old and the relatively simple problem is still not addressed?
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 5 months ago Link
x.15a2
it was addressed by @yegg, directly above and was also addressed here: https://duck.co/help/features/dates
posted by x.15a2 Community Leader2 years and 5 months ago Link
anonymous
c'mon alitte more convenient wouldn't hurt anyone.
Just add a Dropdown ...
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 12 days ago Link
blobgo
On the help site about this it states "If you use our sort by date feature (for recent pages) there is a date displayed next to each domain.".
However this is not the case. In my case it displayed the results as it normally would only sorted differently.
Screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/7t0V6xR.png
posted by blobgo 2 years and 2 days ago Link
anonymous
Okay, a question without a sensible answer after almost 5 years --- why, and what resolutions are available? And what are the threats of not providing a solution?

1. What's the problem? The problem is that, from a marketing and R&D perspective, DDG have acquired an audience and customers with an initial belief in DDG's service. DDG's customers/users repeatedly set out (very well) a need for a specific feature: a simple mechanism, probably in menu form, to filter searches by date. DDG staff, much as we love what they've done, failed to implement this feature and obfuscated their answers instead of delivering simple, apparently honest, responses.

2. What's the reason for the problem? The reason for the problem is that, for a variety of reasons, searchers wish to move away from big G. In parts, this wish is prompted by privacy issues and G's manifest control of searches.

3. How can DDG resolve this problem? DDG can a) provide a simple date filter menu similar to G's, and b) provide an API for developers to write plugins, one of which will inevitably be a date filter menu.

4. Would DDG benefit from solving the problem? The European Court of Justice in Schrems[1] caused major problems for G. It opened a short but very powerful window of about 6-12 months for search providers like DDG to attack G's market share and acquire massive audience. This, in turn, will boost DDG's business model, opportunity for growth, and attractiveness to investors.

5. Threats by DDG's failure to quickly solve the date filter problem include credibility failure, killing the business model and repelling audience.
a) As regards credibility failure, this thread says it all. 5 years without a competent answer is a good way to be perceived as geeks: all brains, no common sense.
b) As for killing the business model, would you invest in someone that skirts around answers to problems?
c) And as for repelling audience, how many searchers have come to DDG, been disappointed without a date filter, and gone away, and have then told others but not DDG? Don't stab the baby!

I've seen this type of problem so many times over 40+ years in business and project development. It could be solved with agile, a one day scrum or a change of leader. First resolution could be achieved with a tardy secondary search filter (as others have indicated), and refined later. However, in my view it would be wonderful if DDG would provide an API to allow the wider development community to pitch in. Carrying the worldwide developer community could advance DDG's ambition at speed.

HTH!



[1] See opinion first, then decision:
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 6 months ago Link
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posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 6 months ago
anonymous
I just started using ddg, and would love to recommend it to pretty much everyone, except for this. if I have to go to google just to get recent results, that are relevant to my query, then ddg becomes next to impossible to use. The whole sort:date thing doesnt work at all, and the !gmonth thing does, but just brings us back to google - not good!

Any luck on gthi as all?
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 6 months ago Link
anonymous
I am aware of the sort:date feature, but what I am looking for is different. Let me try to explain.

I do not want to see the results sorted by date, but rather the results sorted by relevance with the date used to filter out some results. This is distinctly different from getting all results, regardless of their relevance, sorted by date. I rarely care about the most recent update on any given topic, I generally want the best result that occurred within a certain date range. 

posted by [Old Forum guest] • 6 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
I have the same request as the previous poster.

Most of the time I am looking for "Most relevant in the time X" rather than "Sort by date"

Thus a query like "ubuntu how to do foo" becomes more meaningful when I get the "most relevant results in the last year" rather than just results sorted by date.

-VB
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 6 years and 4 months ago Link
yegg
Yes, I completely understand and agree. I just haven't found a great provider yet for it.
posted by yegg Staff6 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
It appears that you have the date information in your provider's search results.  Since you have that information, and you can sort the results by date, I do not understand why you cannot filter it by date range.  The computing cost of a filter is less than a sort.
It could be accomplished in the awkward google fashon as a secondary display of the results, simply excluding stale entries on the second page write.  It could also be implemented at the command line  -  IE.  age:this week or age:three months or age:3 months
A command line version should also take the form  age:!this week returning only those search results from more than one week ago.  Useful when you are trying to look up historical data, particularly when some recent event has generated thousands of search results for the same search string.
The advantage of the command line version is that it keeps the duck duck go page clean, and requires only a single page serve.
The disadvantage is that users may not know of its existence.

posted by [Old Forum guest] • 3 years and 6 months ago Link
anonymous
date relevancy has been a real issue on the net from the beginning. date of event? date of posting? date discovered? search engines to my perspective have mostly failed to differentiate between events and objects and in a real mode way. all the about events and about objects are not meaningfully applied in a perspective hierarchy of "the world as we see it" context. i mean if KK is spotted wearing a new dress, what are the date stamps for that?
a most difficult proposition until we define a "world reality hierarchy" index. it's at least as complicated as the patent library.
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 3 days ago Link
anonymous
Any kind of date restriction is better than none.
I use the Google "date" advanced search feature frequently

 You can type in sort:date after your query or use the drop down next to the search box.
 



but where is this info given (except on this forum post)

Please offer an explanation of "bang" Perhaps as a sticky:
Thanks
ps where is "end quote"


posted by [Old Forum guest] • 6 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
Please offer an explanation of "bang" Perhaps as a sticky:
See this page:
http://duckduckgo.com/bang.html

Moderator
posted by [Old Forum agreenearth] • 6 years and 2 days ago Link
anonymous
I know this thread is old but is the only one I found about this topic. I wonder if the date-range feature has been implemented yet or a lab that could be enabled?
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 6 years and 2 days ago Link
anonymous
No, the date-range feature has not been implemented yet.

Moderator
posted by [Old Forum agreenearth] • 6 years and 2 days ago Link
anonymous
Great discussion. I would have to say that the only search functionality that I still go to Google for is date range searches. If you could add the ability to search within a date range I would Google no longer.

Keep up the great work!!!
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 5 years and 9 months ago Link
sitegeek
Yeah Date range is really usefull
posted by sitegeek 2 years and 23 hours ago Link
anonymous
I agree with the previous comments. The ability to do a date range search is basically the only thing that keeps me using Google. If DDG can make this happen I will happily abandon Google search forever!
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 5 years and 8 months ago Link
anonymous
One more up-vote for being able to restrict queries by date range here.  For example, I am trying to find out if the latest update to Team Fortress 2 for OS X broke anything.  However, when I search for "TF2 OS X update" I get bunches and bunches of 2 year old articles talking about the new ability to play Steam games on Mac.  :(
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 5 years and 6 months ago Link
anonymous
+1 for being able to filter search results by:

- last hour
- last 24 hours
- last week
- last month
- last year

Its the only reason I still use Google search, even though I hate its silly defaults.

posted by [Old Forum guest] • 5 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
It's the same for me. I still use Google because of that filter to search for results of the last hour or whatever.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 5 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
Add me to this request as well. And thanks for giving us an option to google.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 5 years and 2 months ago Link
anonymous
Yeah that future to filter search by date range and the last hour, day, week... would be very helpful.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 5 years and 1 month ago Link
anonymous
This,please.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 5 years and 1 month ago Link
anonymous
same situation for me
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 5 months ago Link
anonymous
Also it would be nice to see the date related to the search result shown in the search page, if it exists, like in google.

e.g. In google it shows up in front of the description: 8 Feb 2012 – The latest news and information about federal pay and performance for the government employee and manager.



posted by [Old Forum guest] • 5 years and 2 months ago Link
yegg
The date does come up in the sort:date mode. On current date stuff, check out http://help.duckduckgo.com/customer/portal/articles/215622
posted by yegg Staff5 years and 2 months ago Link
anonymous
I just did a search for information about an online gaming tournament that's happening right now called "iem" but all the results were from last year's tournament.  Tried to figure out how to get what I wanted ("iem clg curse results") for this year but no dice.  Went to Google, got it in 2 clicks.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 5 years and 1 month ago Link
anonymous
+1 To this date feature. (In an easy way).
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 8 months ago Link
anonymous
If I search DuckDuckGo with a !gyear syntax, does that search compromise my privacy or bubble me in the same way that it would if I did such a search directly through the Google webpage?

If so, is there any way for you to re-present the search result on this website to maintain search privacy?
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 8 months ago Link
zac
!bangs act as redirects so, after you land on that page, you're subject to that site's privacy policy. Showing Google's results on our page would be a violation of their terms of service but we hope to fill that gap by providing a lot more date functionality. On dates, check out: http://help.duckduckgo.com/customer/portal/articles/215622-dates 
posted by zac Staff4 years and 8 months ago Link
anonymous
It's about the 3rd or 4th time that I try to use DDG as my all-day search engine. The times before at the end I was always back to Google because of just one thing: the date filter ('last year'). And I can already predict that this time it will end the same way, rather sooner than later.

Please implement a date filter. 'Natively', not as bang redirection to Google.

If you are searching for e.g. computer related stuff it's so essential to have a date filter. A hit from 2005 on the 3rd place is completely useless. This shouldn't be too hard to get.

Not implementing a date filter is like sabotaging DDG intentionally :-(
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
This is an absolute must for ddg. This single feature would allow users to completely replace and forget about google. Since I've  started using duckduckgo about a year ago it now kills me to have to resort to using google, but it happens, solely because a simple search function is missing.      Please DDG help me remove google from my life
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 4 months ago Link
zac
You can sort by date from the dropdown menu or by adding sort:date (s:d for short)

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=baseball+s:d

This will also add a publication date : )


-Zac

DuckDuckGo Community Manager
posted by zac Staff4 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
Stop repeating the ability to sort by date. This is not what anyone's asking for. We need the ability to filter by date, and then have the results automatically sorted by relevance. Huge difference. Without this your search is crippled.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 11 days ago Link
anonymous
If one more voice helps, let me wholeheartedly add mine to the call for date filtering. If a bang search to Google or other search engine is comparable to going there directly (which the post by Zacbranni copied below says it is) as far as privacy/tracking is concerned, what's the point? And the post he mentions refers to adding the date sort but not a date filter.

The post I refer to:

!bangs act as redirects so, after you land on that page, you're subject to that site's privacy policy. Showing Google's results on our page would be a violation of their terms of service but we hope to fill that gap by providing a lot more date functionality. On dates, check out: http://help.duckduckgo.com/customer/portal/articles/215622-dates 
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 4 months ago Link
zac
We're working on integrating more date options but, because of the multiple sources we use, it's difficult to do. It's definitely on our list, though! 


-Zac

DuckDuckGo Community Manager
posted by zac Staff4 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
Adding another vote to the queue for for implementation of the of the date range search feature. 

The sort by date option is ok (ie better then nothing) but as several previous posters explained in detail doesn't really cut it esp for those of us doing a lot of current tech searches. 

Well I suppose the same could be said for airheads doing a lot of current Justin Bieber searches (although I doubt that even 1% of that demographic has ever heard of duckduckgo heh)
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
same thing here. I've very glad I found DuckDuckGo and hate having to use Google. The only time I have to is for the date filter which I use quite a bit
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 2 months ago Link
anonymous
i always get no results at all if sort by date
posted by [Old Forum ploppde] • 4 years and 2 months ago Link
crazedpsyc
Can you try again now? Blekko's API (where most of the date results come from) is a bit unstable -- may have been acting up at that time.
posted by crazedpsyc 4 years and 2 months ago Link
anonymous
Can !date be embedded somehow so that it is a default search filter?

It sure would increase the duckduckgo value significantly.

I have refused to use google directly, for any reason, rather I have used a mix of duckduckgo, ixquick, and startpage -- but would like to use only duckduckgo

This thread is interesting as I was recently frustrated by the number of Internet articles that are undated - and often out-dated in content - yet whoever posts them continues to benefit from a HitCount despite useless content - because Search engines don't discern and prioritize results based on the date the content was posted.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 2 months ago Link
anonymous
Please take these requests seriously and add Date Filter / Range support.

thanks.


posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 1 month ago Link
zac
It's not that we're ignoring requests for features :) We take everyone's feedback seriously---it's our only way of knowing what our users want! This request (and a few others) are particularly tricky because we use multiple sources. That means, these sources has to support the ability to sort by date, search within a date range, etc. To keep adding certain types of features sometimes means we can't provide a diversity of results (or more accurate results). We wouldn't do that just to half-support sort-by-date.

We're actively working toward adding more date support and we're constantly monitoring our sources to allow for more advanced search functions.


-Zac

DuckDuckGo Community Manager
posted by zac Staff4 years and 1 month ago Link
anonymous
There is no possibility of post-filtering the results you receive? Maybe if the DDG search syntax had date filters, the results when those are used could be not only filtered by date but also restricted to only the providers that report the HTTP Date fields.

I'll agree with everyone else here, it's the only reason I use !g, and I do that a lot. What are the stats on how often !g is used?
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 9 months ago Link
anonymous
I'll throw my two pennies in on this one. I'm with the others who lament that they have to keep going back to Google to narrow by date. I tried to replace Google with Bing a while back and couldn't do it for that very reason. I more recently discovered DuckDuck and I'm ready to make it my default search engine. Unfortunately, I use the narrow by date function at least one out of every three searches so it's vital for me. I get the feeling it's not an easy thing to introduce. I'm glad the duck folks are considering it, anyway.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 1 month ago Link
zac
Thanks for the feedback! It's definitely at the top of our list with images and a few others :)


-Zac

DuckDuckGo Community Manager
posted by zac Staff4 years and 1 month ago Link
zac
We should see some improvement with the sort-by-date function very soon. Let us know if you notice a difference : )


-Zac

DuckDuckGo Community Manager
posted by zac Staff4 years and 1 month ago Link
anonymous
zac,
could you please stop calling this 'sort by date', please?
because it has nothing to do with 'sort'.  it should be 'filter by date'.

also, it shouldn't be any more difficult than a a normal query from miltiple sources, since you can add the filter to the initial query (as long as that search engine provides that option, offcourse)

posted by [Old Forum guest] • 3 years and 10 months ago Link
anonymous
Add me to the long list of folks wanting the ability to search by date ranges. The default Google ranges PLUS a six-month option would be enough for me to come to DDG for good. Until then I am forced to use Start Page.

I may be mistaken, but when I search by date sorting alone, I feel that I lose out on relevance. At least that is the impression I get. I need relevance within a range, not necessarily the very latest thing that might apply.

I've come and gone from DDG many times now. I will check back again later.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 14 days ago Link
anonymous
Just did a sample search for Apple iPad Mini and had the results sorted by date using the drop down menu. Tons of the results are from 2012 despite saying "April 11" or April 10" etc. I realize that there may be difficulties searching by date ranges due to multiple sources, but it doesn't even seem to me that sorting by date works. The same search in Google (as an example) provides far more relevant results.

Now, I am not expecting DDG to be Google, but any search engine that wants to compete at a meaningful level needs to do better than this. I do not like Google for a number of reasons, but the lack of efficiency with DDG right now makes it a no go. Start Page, although there are things I dislike about it, at least gives me the results I need for the most part.

Trying to love DDG so much!  : )
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 14 days ago Link
dashesy
That is why there is !g
But I always start with DDG first, and then may try !g
posted by dashesy 4 years and 14 days ago Link
zac
It's probably sorting by modified date, not publication date. We'll take a look! 


-Zac

DuckDuckGo Community Manager
posted by zac Staff4 years and 14 days ago Link
anonymous
I skimmed the thread and want to vote for date ranges and qualifiers like G.  Maybe try to copy all the advanced search options and the special searches.  
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 14 days ago Link
anonymous
Without date filtering, image and video search results, DDG is a well-intentioned but hopelessly flawed search engine. If Google is the only engine that has this capability then simply show a disclaimer advising that date-filtered results are currently limited to Google. This will make it easier for everyone to use DDG as their search portal - retaining Google search features without the privacy invasion.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 11 days ago Link
zac
We do have date filtering, though, only in the form of most recent--->oldest. 

!date or sort:date will sort results by date from newest to oldest: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=lebron%20james+sort:date  
Please note, as mentioned above, we're investigating some issues with the modified date interferring with the publication date. If you see any examples, please send them through the form at ddg.gg/feedback for analysis. 

Thanks! 

-Zac

DuckDuckGo
posted by zac Staff4 years and 11 days ago Link
anonymous
Two years?  No filter date by range?  Well If Bing can't get it straight (and they still seem unable to) then your relatively sparse depth of hired programming genius may find it hopeless.  You will not succeed.  Don't you desire to?

But the fact that Google has accomplished it for a few years now has raised the bar and, as others have noted, made my use of DDG a once weekly event. Usually out of curiosity.   What a damn shame. Google's results have, more and more in recent years, been wildly wide of the mark compared to Bing and DDG.  I'd LOVE to switch.

 I read the whole thread and realize that you have repeatedly assured that you're "taking this seriously" but I cannot believe that you really will until thousands, instead of this few dozen here are compelled to weigh in. 

It is EXTREMELY frustrating to search relevant topics,  take time to dig into any one of the returns, only to discover (if you're lucky enough to even gist it from that content) that it was produced six years ago. Very often pages give no indication of dateline.  That is absurd.  That is so unacceptable in a search engine that I despair over the apparent lack of nearer universal demand from users, or sincere effort in response to such requests as you see here.

posted by [Old Forum guest] • 4 years and 3 hours ago Link
zac
Guest, sorry for the frustration. As you probably know, we're not operating at the resource capacity of Google or Bing. In fact, it was a little over 1 year ago that we got institutional funding, passed 1M searches/day, and launched DuckDuckHack. We've also introduced !bang suggestions, pursued new business partnerships, made a major overhaul to our mobile app (releasing soon), and continually kept up with the changing of our various sources. 
There are a few things going on here, which I'll try to explain with as much detail as possible: 

1. We use multiple sources that don't all support date search and, if they do, they support it differently (showing modified date instead of publishing date or other differences that really impact the results). When an update is made by one of our sources, we can investigate how we should tweak our use of them. But, if a bug is introduced by one of our sources, it takes a while for it to be resolved, since they're generally larger and slower moving to resolve such things. 

2. Advanced syntax is not as critical to users as general relevancy. We'd like to improve the search-engine as much as possible before we start rerouting resources to work on things like date sort, page previews, and other requested features. In the last year, we've grown to 7 full timers, 13 part timers, and many many contributors. When this thread was originally posted, Gabriel had been running DuckDuckGo entirely by himself. 

3. We do have sort-by-date but, as users in this thread have pointed out, there are some cases where it acts a little buggy. We're still tracking down the common denominator to those problems and they should be fixed relatively shortly. It sounds like what you're looking for is more of a full-fledged date search, where you show results from 24 hours, 1 day, 1 week, or from a range (12.2.2012 - 2.2.2013). Is that correct?

Growing means growing pains. Tending to small things like this (though they may not seem small to you) are very important to us as users of our own search-engine. Trust us! We're a group of people so motivated by redefining the search-experience that we've made it our lives. Everyone on the team is an inbound user. I don't think there's anyone here that wouldn't like to see us do more with dates but, given our current standing and the above factors, there are more important things to be working on (like redefining what image-search is). The best thing you can do as a user is to submit feedback on the queries you see with poor date search results. We look at all of them and, considering not many people use advanced syntax, we always need more examples. 

Also, if you can think of a way to accomplish any type of date search via an instant-answer, you can suggest it or develop it yourself



-Zac

DuckDuckGo
posted by zac Staff3 years and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
I can see this search by date thing has been ongoing for a few years. I was after an alternative to google. I tried your sort by date, but it sorted by month, and thus have 2011 items before 2013, because its sorted by month not year. I certainly hope your systems guys would have been better educated on this. It takes a lot to get someone in your store, but no remedy to this in such a long time, means there is no need to come back soon. Not a good business model.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 3 years and 11 months ago Link
zac
What was the example query? That's more helpful. 


-Zac

DuckDuckGo
posted by zac Staff3 years and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
I just suggested new !bang's for Start Page with date filter. (!s24, !sweek, !smonth, !syear analogous to !g24 …) Hope this helps some privacy-concerned users.
posted by [Old Forum yuwash] • 3 years and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
That would be a great idea! Sounds good.
posted by [Old Forum em-a-il] • 3 years and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
@ywash great! I'm fairly recent to ddg - glad to see something like motion on this (:

@zacbrannigan and others: If you're able to sort by date as well as sort by relevance, you have all the info you need to do a relevance sort restricted by date.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 3 years and 10 months ago Link
anonymous
+1 for date filtering. Not having it is a deal breaker. I would love to leave the google behind but I frequently need to filter results to the past month or year.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 3 years and 10 months ago Link
anonymous
+1 from here too. Recently I tried migration again but it was hopeless due to lack of date filter. Queries in non-english languages (ie. finnish) generally don't work well enough but i can live with that. Date filtering however is something that is present in almost every query i make..
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 3 years and 10 months ago Link
anonymous
+1 again - just tried to migrate - but I MUST have a filter by date - I use this in about 50% of my queries... So I have put Google back as default
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 3 years and 10 months ago Link
anonymous
And I hate having to pull down an extra pane and choose the time range with every single Google query... just loathe that extra step,  but without it, search results grow more meaningless every day. Would you want to see a Wordpress how-to from 2008? And the devices are changing so fast ... the default ought to be within past year, with easy selections for other date ranges. Put the rest in a way-back machine, because this is now a search imperative, and the outfit who gets it first is going to be .... big! 
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 3 years and 9 months ago Link
anonymous
Thanks for the pointer to startpage. Didn’t know that one and indeed it seems to be a good replacement for DDG.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 3 years and 9 months ago Link
anonymous

Have to agree that DDG is useless to me without the date filter.

posted by [Old Forum guest] • 3 years and 9 months ago Link
zac
Lack of recency in the results is definitely a bug but it's not one we can fix without specific examples. It's hard to tell with Guest accounts if this is just trolling but, by all means, if you have examples for us to work with---we're happy to investigate and fix :)


-Zac

DuckDuckGo
posted by zac Staff3 years and 9 months ago Link
anonymous
"The ability to do a date range search is basically the only thing that keeps me using Google."

for me too ...
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 3 years and 9 months ago Link
anonymous
Ditto all of the above.

I'd love to abandon Google completely [and any other company that was taking money from the government in exchange for compromising our privacy aka PRISM), but a lot of my searches require me to filter by date (updated within the last 24 hours, or updated within the last week, etc), so I'm forced to go back to the evil empire.

I don't think anyone has said the magic word yet ... "please"?

p.s. Eveything else works GREAT!

Thanks!

posted by [Old Forum guest] • 3 years and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
A date filter would have me using DDG all the time too and recommending it to everyone I know.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 3 years and 6 months ago Link
anonymous
I second the thread opener's request.
This definitely is my biggest issue with DDG, that forces me to go back to Google.
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 11 months ago Link
clel
This is possible since 3 years. I would like to be able to set a certain timeframe, like on Google, though.
posted by clel 2 years and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
That's great news for me, how you do that?
Somehow I totally missed this feature.
To make sure you didn't misunderstand me, I'm talking about this:
Quote:
I do not want to see the results sorted by date, but rather the results sorted by relevance with the date used to filter out some results. This is distinctly different from getting all results, regardless of their relevance, sorted by date. I rarely care about the most recent update on any given topic, I generally want the best result that occurred within a certain date range.
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 11 months ago Link
clel
Oh, sorry. I also want to have this implemented.
posted by clel 2 years and 11 months ago Link
malevolent
Yes it seems that sort:date returns a very reduced results list and it's not the same to sort the results than obtain a results within a range date.

This feature is very interesting and necessary for many users.
posted by malevolent 2 years and 10 months ago Link
anonymous
This is clearly a difficult issue for you to resolve and can relate to that.

That said, I have to agree with the other comments here that DDG is not a realistic option for users switching from Google as it stands. I have tried many times over the years, this last attempt being the longest, about a week. But the issues around dates and relevance of a search means I just switched back to Google again, unfortunately.

Firstly, I don't want to add S:D or other appendages to my search most of the time. If I enter a search term, especially if it is tech related, results from 2006 are not helpful. Relevance at a very simplistic level is a combination of match, popularity and date.

If there are results that come back which I deem no longer relevant, the filter is an essential tool. Like others have said, it isn't sort by date, but rather still sort by relevance, just older ones are removed.

I would love to stay with you, for everything you stand for, but this is a deal breaker unfortunately. Something, even if it wasn't 100%, would be better, as it is, I just can't get to what I need efficiently enough right now. Speed is assumed these days, not how quick the results come back but rather getting to the answer.

Please don't stop!
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 10 months ago Link
anonymous
This really is somewhat of a requirement for a real replacement for ggl. I've been using ddg for over a year and find myself going to !g for date searches daily, yes daily. I don't know what your most popular request is, or the top priority, but this one really needs to happen. Perhaps a kickstarter fund would help? if it ended with the feature being added to ddg, I would contribute to that in an instant. To be clear that feature is not a date sort, but rather a date exclusion/inclusion range as in 24 week month year. I do know about !g24 and the like, but I don't want to use google, and I'd be willing to pay a premium to have it here, well provided I could pay it in BTC. ;-)

Please, please, please. Pretty f^*!ng please with sugar and frosting on top, please add this feature.

I am learning my first language now, if I had any skill I would contribute to this cause, unfortunately I'm a waterboy for now...
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 10 months ago Link
anonymous
This really is the one thing that's missing from ddg.
I'm not gonna criticise, I know if you could implement search by date you would, but I'll add my voice to the choir anyway, just so you know how much people want this.

As well as specifying a time frame for a search, just having the date (either when published or discovered by a web crawler) of the page displayed in the general search results, without the need for extra syntax, would be a massive step forward.

Here's an example of a search for ACPI, 2 results from Startpage:

ACPI | Free software downloads at SourceForge.net
3 Jun 2013 ... Committed to the development of fundamental ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) components for Linux. This includes a ...
www.sourceforge.net/projects/acpi/ - View by Ixquick Proxy - Highlight
Linux/ACPI - Linux/ACPI Overview

2 Feb 2006 ... The Linux/ACPI project home page has moved to http://www.lesswatts.org/ projects/acpi/. This legacy home page contains only legacy ...
acpi.sourceforge.net - View by Ixquick Proxy - Highlight

And 2 from DDG:

ACPI | Free software downloads at SourceForge.net
Committed to the development of fundamental ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) components for Linux. This includes a generic ACPI …
[Search domain sourceforge.net] sourceforge.net

readme - ibm-acpi - SourceForge
ACPI video will report ACPI events for brightness change keys. Do not mess with thinkpad-acpi defaults in this case. thinkpad-acpi should not have anything to do with backlight events in a scenario where ACPI video is loaded: ...
[Search domain ibm-acpi.sourceforge.net] ibm-acpi.sourceforge.net

Having those dates really helps when looking for relevant information.
Your sort:date feature has improved over the past year and I hope you have success with the above.
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 9 months ago Link
anonymous
Add my voice to the chorus. Difficult to use DuckDuckGo when you are trying to track down software problems.
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posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 2 months ago
anonymous
Signed up for an account for this. Seems like the G like "filter by date" still hasn't been implemented, and the "sort by date" feature is completely broken. The example searches in this thread on the "sort by date" all return "No more date results."
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 27 days ago Link
escrow
Just adding my quack to the chorus (is it a chorus of 'quacks'?).

I think Google have it pretty much right, with day/wk/mnth/yr and along with many others I finding myself reluctantly using Google for about 50% of my searches simply to filter by date. So it's a fact you are losing users by not having this feature, just don't know if you can figure out how many.

I also think it simply has to be an easy to see & use menu on homepage, rather than a '!' option which users may not remember or be aware of.
posted by escrow 2 years and 10 days ago Link
anonymous
As a brand, new user of DDG, I had high hopes for it being a viable alternative to that "other" search engine with all it's tentacles probing all the recesses of my life. I quickly realized the shortcoming of not being able to customize my searches to only show the "latest and greatest" and figured it had to be a setting somewhere. To my surprise and disappointment, I could not find such a setting. I then found this post which appears to confirm why I couldn't find the setting...there is no, such setting. I, like many others here, will continue to reveal myself to Big Brother Google while ducking back onto DDG from time to time, patiently waiting for that setting to be made available. It's a good start and I have faith the DDG brains will figure this one out.
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posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 2 days ago
blobgo
BTW I also like this idea.
So +1 quack!
posted by blobgo 2 years and 2 days ago Link
anonymous
Just created an account to add my +1 for the search by date-range feature.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 11 months ago Link
Sam999999
So need that :)
posted by Sam999999 1 year and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
has this been done yet??
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posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 11 months ago
blobgo
Maybe I replied to a bit old comment, so here is it again:
On the help site about this it states "If you use our sort by date feature (for recent pages) there is a date displayed next to each domain.".
However this is not the case. In my case it displayed the results as it normally would only sorted differently.
Screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/7t0V6xR.png

What about this? There isn't displayed any date...
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posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 11 months ago
blobgo
Ahh okay. It seems to be fixed now.
It was said here.
posted by blobgo 1 year and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
Just to add my voice to this. I wanted to switch to DDG but quickly found that lack of date features made it impossible to use. I often need a search with a specific time scope e.g. within the last year for a search on Wordpress development; within the last month for a search on a hearthstone deck; or within the last 24hrs for a search on news of current events.

Even when not searching for a specific time period I hadn't realised before just how much I rely on a date being shown next to a result for an indication of how useful the result might be.

Somebody mentioned in the thread that a date was added when using "sort:date" but this doesn't work for me. Neither do I want the results sorted by date, I just want results outside a specified date range filtered out.

I understand you guys are working on this, I hope a solution is found. Good luck!
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
Beside others, I also would like to express my need for date range searching. It is an *extremely* important feature. It is very hard to convince others to use DDG over Google if they have to switch back over and over again to Google to make a date range search.

This is the only reason I still use Google sometimes. And I'm not happy with it.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
This is pretty important. And also keeps me going back to google. We are the small minority posting here, and most likely many others just go back to google without spending so much time for this feature? The funny thing about this is I did a search using DDG for how to show recent results and it brought this posting up which is 4 years old.

What brought this up for me today was trying to figure out why something isn't working in iTunes. But I don't want to see issues that were posted longer than a year ago because it's not relevant.

I tried the sort:date in the search field, but that doesn't sort by date, and just adds those works to the search?
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 8 months ago Link
anonymous
Any further updates on this issue? It's not ideal having to jump back to Google when you need this kind of functionality. As time goes on, the results from DuckDuckGo are going to get worse not better as especially with technical queries, the search results I see relate to operating systems long since out of date.

Just a random test search 'printing in iOS !date' came back with, at the top of the page:

"Generating a PDF using the new printing stuff in iOS 4.2" :/

posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 8 months ago Link
sikelianos
+1 for a way to show relevant results in a specific time period.
posted by sikelianos 1 year and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
Hello , sorry but i dont understand very well english language so have not read all post ...

but please explain to me in simple word ...

!date or sort:date not sort by date (at this time) the response of a spécific search ?

because i obtain sometimes "no results" with !date+(my search) and a lot of without !date .......
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posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 7 months ago
anonymous
Would like to add my vote to this! There are endless lists of !bangs that will never be used by the majority but cost development time. While the filter by date range feature is something we all need these days to filter out old stuff from the relevant results. Without this DDG is only able to search old crap or search irrelevant recent results. This is consuming more time from all the users that have to filter out by hand or search on 2 engines to find an recent relevant answer, than the total development time to implement this.

I get you have limited resources, but since your search engine is a potential Google / filterbubble killer, this is an very important step to take. If resources is your problem, make a fundraiser to fund this feature? I'm sure lots are willing to donate to save the internet from content farms and filter bubbles which slowly destroys quality content internet. This is nagging people all over the world and Google has almost stopped their efforts to fight this. This is the one feature DDG desperatly needs to become the most badass search engine arround! Make a fundraiser! I'll donate! :)
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 6 months ago Link
anonymous
Another +2 for my wife and I. We both use DDG for everything... except our date-specific queries. Looks like our story is the same as most everyone here. I, too, joined this board to comment here today and we also desperately wish to get off the 'Alphabet' train as soon as possible. This feature is the single deal-breaker for us and the orientability-in-time of search results is getting exponentially more important by the day.

I was also surprised to find that even now, near the end of 2015, this is still the only place I found discussion of this feature's absent from DDG -- but the more I think about it maybe that's because I searched for it [in][/i] DDG with the sort:date option... which means this debacle is becoming self-referential now. Please help us before we go insane... or worse, go google.
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posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 6 months ago
anonymous
+1 for a way to show relevant results in a specific time period.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 6 months ago Link
anonymous
I vote for this too! I 've been pretty happy with DDG. I tried to get someone else off the G and onto DDG. For two minutes things seemed peachy but then the dates thing was discovered. Their back on Googs now and won't be returning. Real shame.
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posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 5 months ago
anonymous
+1
this and the strict search are my mandatory ones
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
Please, implement this. Please.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 3 months ago Link
duckduckian
DDG is working on that for 2016 https://duck.co/blog/post/236/duckduckgo...
"Product plans for 2016 include adding time and date filters to our search results, improving the "Did You Mean" feature, and making it easier for developers to contribute so that many more useful and fun Instant Answers can continue to be added."
posted by duckduckian 1 year and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
I'm looking for tech information - getting a 7 year old hit is worthless to me. I'm happy to see that the latest DDG comment is that date filtering is on the 2016 to do list - I just don't understand how it could be that difficult to add, especially after 5 years!

I want to shift to DDG as my primary search, but...

Marina
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
I'm missing this too and it remains so far the biggest issue for me in switching to ddg completely. I would suggest adding a switch/switches below the current "region" switch on the top-right of the search page.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 2 months ago Link
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posted by x.15a2 Community Leader1 year and 2 months ago Link
anonymous
I can't believe this is still a thing after years have gone by. DDG is useless to me. Now that StartPage is also being watered down (no longer shows site URLs in results), I'm hoping to find an organization that actually gives a crap about functionality beyond the layperson's needs. Very disappointing.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 3 days ago Link
anonymous
Actually, adding "s:d" (no quotes) does sort by date. It just doesn't list any dates, so it's hard to tell that it's working. I think I can live with this. It's quick to type and seems to work.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 3 days ago Link
anonymous
The sort by date is not a solution, in fact this is even worse. When I want to search something within a year I want to have the best result from the last year, with a sort by date you will get the most recent first even if they are not good.
In my case the search by date is an option that almost every day I should use and I thing it is one of the very basic option a search engine should have. Without this option a lot of search I do on my work are really useless and here you have the option to return fresh results even if they are not good ones or results that are not usefull today because they are old and are not applicable today.
posted by <hidden> • 11 months and 7 days ago Link
anonymous
This thread is now over six years old and even though I came back again still wanting to replace google with ddg it's still useless without sort by date+relevance.
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