I like DDG, I really do. I'm worried by the huge amount of information Google et al.
collect from their users, and I think it's wrong to filter search results without people's knowledge or consent. As an American living abroad, I've frequently been annoyed by Google's bubbling attempts, trying to adjust content to be in a foreign language or from the country I'm in--even when I'm on the US Google website, and have my settings set to English.
The thing is, while DuckDuckGo has a great philosophy, it doesn't work very well as a search engine. I can't use a search engine based solely on principle; Google gets me what I'm looking for faster and more often.
Compare "garbage fetishism" on both search engines. An obscure topic, to be sure, but I've found that it's exactly those obscure topics that make the difference, and those are also the topics I'm likely to want more information on. (In this case, I was looking into sources for a possible Wikipedia article.) Google gives me "Of My Trash Fetish by Trashy Trashbag", on trashcanstories.net
. Perhaps a bit more specific than I was looking for, but relevant to my search term. On the other hand, DuckDuckGo gives me "Talk:Asian fetishism/Archive 6" on Wikipedia. Asian fetishism is the wrong topic, and what's more, this is not a Wikipedia article but an obscure behind-the-scenes page.
Google goes on to give me various results that are somewhat related to garbage fetishism, while Duck Duck Go gives results about every kind of use of the word "fetishism", except ones involving garbage.
Of course I could make my search more specific, but the point is that Google gave me better results with less effort. Anti-bubble or not, how can DuckDuckGo hope to rival Google if it isn't as good at fulfilling the primary function? Is DuckDuckGo working on improving search results; should I expect it to get better?