Ubuntu getting ahead of itself?

<hidden> anonymous
Created: 3 years and 9 months ago • Updated: 3 years and 9 months ago
Why, when looking for that most egregious of phrases 'get up!', did I suddenly find myself being redirected to an ubuntu search page?

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x.15a2
Which browser? Are you using a DDG extension\add-on when this happens?
posted by x.15a2 Community Leader3 years and 9 months ago Link
jbarrett
Our bangs also trigger when placed after the trigger text, so you're getting the Ubuntu Packages search for this particular query.

From https://duckduckgo.com/bang.html :

Ubuntu Packages (!upackages)
Ubuntu Packages (!up)
posted by jbarrett Staff3 years and 9 months ago Link
clel
Is this necessary/often used? I agree that it might be disturbing since exclamation marks are used in normal text as well.
posted by clel 3 years and 9 months ago Link
anonymous
Much agreed. The end exclamantions should definitely be removed from the bang syntax.

I wish they'd use another character other than ! as that requires quite a stretch and two keypresses to activate. A semicolon would rock my world:

;ebay
;amazon

etc. etc.
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 9 months ago Link
x.15a2
The term "bang" is something of a standard and refers specifically to the exclamation mark. From Wikipedia:
Quote:
In the 1950s, secretarial dictation and typesetting manuals in America referred to the mark as "bang," perhaps from comic books where the ! appeared in dialogue balloons to represent a gun being fired, although the nickname probably emerged from letterpress printing.

posted by x.15a2 Community Leader3 years and 9 months ago Link
jbarrett
Yup, take out the ! and they're not really bangs any more. I'll pass on your feedback though, everyone. Thanks!
posted by jbarrett Staff3 years and 9 months ago Link
x.15a2
That, plus no matter what character is selected, someone somewhere will have an issue with it. Maybe the interrobang would be a good option, if only we could type it... :)
posted by x.15a2 Community Leader3 years and 9 months ago Link
jbarrett
posted by jbarrett Staff3 years and 9 months ago Link
x.15a2
Maybe we should support it then haha
posted by x.15a2 Community Leader3 years and 9 months ago Link
anonymous
Cheers both:
1. DDG site itself, no add-on.
2. That's what I wondered but any way it could stop as it isn't affecting all 'reverse' bangs. Exclamation marks are common spoken text so it's a bit of a headache when searching common phrase and finding it interrupted by reverse banging. As filthy as that sounds.
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 9 months ago Link
Choca
I'm using dolphin browser for ipad and I have the same problem
posted by Choca 3 years and 9 months ago Link