Thanks to those who wrote in/tweeted/posted your opinions about our change to the !bang function. Previously, we had updated the !bangs so that placing the exclamation point at the end wouldn't work. We made this change
as a result of increasing complaints from users searching for a term with an exclamation point, which corresponded to a !bang tag.
As our !bang list
is ever growing, these occurrences happen more often. What we learned from your feedback, though, is that many of you REALLY like having the ! at the end :) We were happy to revert and we've decided to put more effort into identifying and disabling those fringe cases where the sudden redirects occur. For example, yahoo! will not trigger the !bang function but !yahoo will.
Any and all feedback is welcome!
DuckDuckGo Community Manager