Unhelpful result searching a term

dashesy dashesy
Created: 6 years and 20 days ago
When seraching for this forum: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=hdfforum the result only shows stat sites on DDG while (as with !g) the actual forum was intended.

Just wanted to report this, but will keep this thread in case I found similar subjects to report.

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zac
Thanks--I'm not sure if I have all the info. correct, though. Which link were you looking for? 

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posted by zac Staff6 years and 19 days ago Link
anonymous
Following a story about you people in a local newspaper today, I thought I would give Duckduckgo a go to see if it was ok as a search engine.  So far, I put in two search terms (one of which was "what really happened to Brian Jones"), got no pop-down list with suggestions as occurs with Google, and for neither search term did I get any results that even mentioned the subject about which I was looking for information.

Hmmmm. That's not useful, is it...  What's wrong?

Maybe Google has kind of hacked into the affair and prevents your normal results from appearing?

But lastly, let me say that a good part of Google's success is not only that it works. It is also that google ends with "le", just like the common words capable and legible. 

This has allowed Google to become a verb, as in "I'll google it" .

"I'll duckduckgo it"??  I don't think so. Duckgoble might work as a verb, but you've probably missed the bus.  Too many letters for a start.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 6 years and 14 days ago Link
crazedpsyc
Duck it!
For that query, I see two relevant results right at the top, but that might be due to my setting being "World Traveler" (you can change this in the settings.) -- as ScreapDK suggested below, using this will help: https://duckduckgo.com/blinders/ 
posted by crazedpsyc 6 years and 14 days ago Link
dashesy
This is the result with Google (https://encrypted.google.com/search?hl=en&q=hdfforum) which actually shows the mailing list, but DDG shows websites that give information about the forum (and look like link farms) instead of the forum itself.
Sites like: isthewebsafe.com  wawuschels.de   zafdex.com and twittericons.biz and many of the first search results are irrelevant IMO.
posted by dashesy 6 years and 19 days ago Link
anonymous
Hi dashesy

You can try the new "Results relevancy tester" to give feedback on the relevancy, of search results, for your search term (and theoretically any other serch term).
It will help DuckDuckGo give more relevant results : D

Best regards,
Casper

- A happy DuckDuckGo user!
posted by [Old Forum screapdk] • 6 years and 16 days ago Link
dashesy
I actually got the email, and did some searches. Specifically for the search term "hdfforum" it seems DDG insists on searching for "hdforum". The search for hdforum seems to have got rid of some link farms, but the original problem exists :)
posted by dashesy 6 years and 16 days ago Link
zac
Thanks--for the feedback and for the testing : )

-Zac

DuckDuckGo Community Manager
posted by zac Staff6 years and 16 days ago Link
anonymous
Today I hit this, just wanted to report here because the feedback does not ask the reason for the feedback.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=qstring+format+float

I am searching qstring, and did not mean string. The fact that first result returns C# instead of Qt is ironic.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 5 years and 8 months ago Link
zac
Thanks for the example. It's a bit of a weird-case because the qstring is only not accounted for in the 1st result. If you quote qstring, you get what you should: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%22qstring%22+format+float

We'll investigate and update the thread when we've got some new info.


-Zac

DuckDuckGo Community Manager
posted by zac Staff5 years and 8 months ago Link
dashesy
Ah, thanks did not know quoting a single word will change things.
posted by dashesy 5 years and 7 months ago Link
dashesy
Ok here is another odd result:
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=standard+deviation

While Wikipedia is in the instant-answers, it does not show up in the first handful of search results.
Instead a blog post which is more of a rant, and Excel interpretation of the concept appears at the first (no formula)!

posted by dashesy 5 years and 7 months ago Link
zac
Thanks! We don't doubly show a Wiki instant-answer and then include it in the organic links. The blog post is, supposedly, a good page for this info. 

The excel page has the formula (I might be looking at the wrong one but this is the 2nd organic link) down the page. 


-Zac

DuckDuckGo
posted by zac Staff5 years and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
Zac,

Good info yes, bu the problem IMO is that the blogpost itself does not have any formulas. The only formula is an Excel formula down in the bottom, so instead of describing a mathematical concept with math formula a Microsoft product is described that incorporates that math.

dashesy
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 5 years and 7 months ago Link
zac
Noted, thanks! 


-Zac

DuckDuckGo
posted by zac Staff5 years and 7 months ago Link
dashesy
I do not know how you parse the search term to find if it should be handled by a specific goodie, but here is one example that did not work for me:
(2^32-1)/(1E9)

(cannot paste the link below!)
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%282^32-1%29/%281E9%29
posted by dashesy 5 years and 7 months ago Link