March 2013 Newsletter

[Old Forum agreenearth] anonymous
Created: 5 years and 3 months ago
Dear DuckDuckGo friends,

Thank you to everyone who nominated Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects for our donation consideration. We ended up donating to the OpenStreetMap Foundation, the Electronic Freedom Foundation, Riseup, F-Droid, NoScript, Cryptocat and JavaScript blocker. Our full post (with more info about each project) is up at http://duckduckgo.tumblr.com/post/44000299625/duckduckgo-foss-donations-2012

We have been hard at work at bringing you more and better instant answers via our open source instant answer platform (http://duckduckhack.com/). Expect some announcements soon, we hope in the next newsletter. For now check out the future of our instant answer goodies in these that just launched or were improved:

-- App search via Quixey: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=flight+search+app (you can click on each app, and a detailed description opens below).
-- Recipe search via Yummly: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=garlic+steak+recipes (you can click on the arrow on the right to scroll through more recipe pictures).
-- Sound/music search via Soundcloud: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=soundcloud+ray+bradbury (you can play them inline and click back within the answer for more).

Finally, our team has been growing! We're now at eight full-time:

-- Gabriel Weinberg: http://ye.gg/
-- Caine Tighe: http://opensesame.st/
-- Torsten Raudssus: https://raudss.us/
-- Zac Pappis: http://zpappis.com/
-- Russell Holt: http://russellholt.com/
-- Jaryd Malbin: http://jaryd.org/
-- Prakash Swaminathan: man of mystery
-- Zaahir Moolla: http://www.zaahir.ca/

And many more part-time contributors, both open source and internally. We hope to have a team page up soon to showcase everyone involved.

Thank you for your continued support: https://duckduckgo.com/supportus/

The DuckDuckGo Team

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dashesy
Congratulations on your success and hope to see you reach 1000 employees :)
posted by dashesy 5 years and 2 months ago Link
zac
Athankyou! : )

-Zac

DuckDuckGo Community Manager
posted by zac Staff5 years and 2 months ago Link
anonymous
Keep up the great work! It's great to see DDG sticking to their open source pedigree and supporting projects like F-Droid. With an internet that's fast becoming a monopoly for a few that was once a utopia for many, it's very very refreshing to see. Well done, keep it up!
posted by [Old Forum ghostlygroves] • 5 years and 2 months ago Link
zac
: ) thanks for the support!


-Zac

DuckDuckGo Community Manager
posted by zac Staff5 years and 2 months ago Link
Kavalye
Coming to this a bit late, but as of Sep 2015 the yummly integration is a negative for duckduckgo recipe searches:

1) It’s an aggregator site w/o full content. Visiting a yummly page shows you the recipe’s ingredients, but it’s necessary to click through to the recipe’s original site to read instructions.

2) More troublingly, yummly requires you to sign in at certain points… which conflicts w/ DDG’s main attraction, the fact that you don’t track users.
(For example, search DDG for
Code:
omelet !yummly
and you’ll be sent to a page of omelet recipes on yummly.com. Click, for example, Baked Western Omelet and it’ll cover the page with a credential gate requiring you to sign in with facebook, google, or an email addy.)
[http://i.imgur.com/ot53xas.jpg]

Please, consider removing yummly integration… and I’d suggest thinking about a set of criteria DDG partner sites must adhere to to stop this sort of thing in the future.
posted by Kavalye 2 years and 9 months ago Link