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One thing I'd really like to see is where I can just search for 'news' and just get the WN latest top stories (at the moment one gets a Wikipedia reference and corresponding disambiguation entries, none of which is very helpful).
• posted 6 years and 18 days ago • type: Spice (API calls) Live

anonymous
Um… how do I edit my ideas after posting them?
posted by [UserVoice Anonymous] • 6 years and 18 days ago Link
anonymous
(we also hope to support this internally, if not developed by the community)
posted by [UserVoice DuckDuckGo Team] • 5 years and 8 months ago Link
anonymous
Right now, a search for "news" does return this, and a search for "news X" returns news about X - but many nations have national news organizations (e.g. BBC for the UK, CBC for Canada, RTE for Ireland). Maybe a search for "news {countryname}" could return a list of top headlines from that country's national news organization? I'm still not sure how we'd handle countries like the US which don't have such an organization - or how the current zero-click information would have to be altered to allow for this. I'm just concerned that Wikinews doesn't necessarily give up-to-date news, whereas a search for "news" would undoubtedly want something current.
posted by [UserVoice Matt Gutting] • 5 years and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
Good news sources would be from different news groups (Including biased sources), like BBC, PBS, Wikinews, CBC, RTL, Al Jazeera, CTV, NBC, CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, Fox, the Globe and Mail, and so on. These are the most common news sources from different parts of the globe and more sources should be added on later...
posted by [UserVoice Anonymous] • 5 years and 6 months ago Link
anonymous
How about using wikinews? Wikipedia's already used for zero-click, so would this be that much different? If possible, it'd be even better to have a conglomeration of stuff like CNN, Daily Liberatarian, Wikinews, and all kinds of other ones to get a well-rounded scope
posted by [UserVoice Casimir Kromkowski] • 5 years and 5 months ago Link
anonymous
I think this idea could be better expanded upon by using a filter tool. The idea that I'm only wanting to search for news will apply to: code, software, industry-specific knowledge, time-based info, etc.

Although the idea of filtering your search like how google does, marginalizes the links you're exposed to, this doesn't mean a general filter to filter out info based on what you need might not work.

I'm willing to help on this (meaning I can code) to build a filter tool for narrowing search results down to what you need. Maybe this will be a better idea than to just build one for news only.
posted by [UserVoice Joe] • 5 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
I could possibly take this one up? any specific coding language?
posted by [UserVoice Yes] • 5 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
I like the news 'x' idea. Here's one for Africa news http://allafrica.com/latest/
posted by [UserVoice Anonymous] • 5 years and 2 months ago Link
anonymous
I would like to be able to search for news (and determine time parameters) or web or whatever. Pretty much the way it is on Yahoo. I'd like to stop using Yahoo, but I like having those kind of options, which I haven't seen on your site - so it's not that useful to me. Hope you have such things in development and will get them out soon (saw you are working on an image search, right?)
posted by [UserVoice Anonymous] • 5 years and 1 month ago Link
anonymous
Perhaps it would be useful to design a filter based on the rowing news source's: Traditional news sites like CNN et el, the networks, etc. Also the news aggregators like Reuter's, Associated Press, etc. The other source would be based on someone's specific field of interest. For me it's science journals and web sites.

Perhaps the most "fluid and real time" would be the gaggle of social media sites. You can use keyword's but if it's "news worthy", look at the number of post on any subject say in the last hour, day... I use that approach to let me know a lot of people are talking about something, a whole lot.
posted by [UserVoice Robert] • 5 years and 29 days ago Link
yegg
That depends on which plugin type you choose. Please see the documentation for more info: https://github.com/duckduckgo/duckduckgo
posted by yegg Staff5 years and 4 months ago Link
yegg
Thanks, Anonymous. We'll take that into consideration.

and yes! Image search is on the way! :)
posted by yegg Staff5 years and 1 month ago Link
yegg
We do currently use multiple sources for the news results: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=tom+hanks+news
posted by yegg Staff5 years and 5 months ago Link
yegg
Thanks for the ideas, Matt! In the case of the U.S., you could return multiple news results from various sources. Maybe, whichever stories are trending (without duplicates) and highly shared.
posted by yegg Staff5 years and 7 months ago Link
yegg
There's currently no way to edit past posts but feel free to post an updated comment or flag one of your ideas for deletion and we can take care of it from our side (and send you an email when it's been updated).
posted by yegg Staff6 years and 17 days ago Link
DaveGerard
There are two major things that I think DDG must institute to aggressively compete with Google...News and Images. There is clearly great interest for both, but being that this is the place for News related ideas, I will offer a few of my own on that topic.

I think a good news site should include the following...

1) Have it's own framework, separate from the standard DDG search results, so as to clearly differentiate between the two.
2) Allow full page view with categories to the left.
3) Aggregate RSS feeds from unlimited resources and store them in a news database.
4) Store various attributes about the feed such as topic, region, description, genre, date, resource, author, etc. so as to organize and group them by the same.
5) Should have a search box for searching just the news feeds.
6) Provide a DDG preview page of the feed with links to the resource's article (open in new tab).
6) Allow user comments to be appended to the end of a news preview (preview page).
AND
7) Not necessary, but would be cool to allow amateur bloggers to contribute to the news pool to build their own news portfolio.

I have developed an aggregator that I would be happy to contribute to the cause. It is either in VB or PHP (can't remember which at the present time). It will store RSS resources and check for updated feeds every x-seconds and download them when they exist. It would need some work, but I think it could be a good foundation for a great news site to compete with G-news.

I am not sure if users can email me about this, but I will follow this post. But Gabe, you can dig up my email from your db and get hold of me if you're interested.
posted by DaveGerard 4 years and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
The news would need localising. So in the UK for example: Reuters and the BBC are both good sources which could be combined into a feed. Ideally the stories would be grouped so that you would have an option to expand to any number of sites covering the same story - cnn, bild etc
posted by <hidden> • 4 years and 8 months ago Link
ecesena
Hi, I've seen you're still looking for a source... that's more or less what we do at Theneeds.com, where news is by topic and not by source. If you think that this would be of interest, we can think of how to open our api/develop a plugin.
posted by ecesena 4 years and 5 months ago Link
anonymous
Investors' Business Daily

Bret Bair

Financial Times (international)

posted by <hidden> • 4 years and 2 months ago Link
barts
I searched for "ebola news" and switched to the "News" tab. I think this tab should consist more of primary news sources. None of the results have The New York Times, which has a lot of coverage of the patient in NYC and overall a lot of international coverage. Several of the results are from Yahoo, which is just aggregating from AP, Reuters and other places. And there's a story from Fox News, which is a part of Fox's Entertainment division, not from their publishing/journalism (that one maybe should be replaced with WSJ? or not because of paywall?).

What about featuring stories from ProPublica? It's a non-profit newsroom.

And +1 on localizing (I'm mostly speaking for the US side of things...).

Also, how come if I type more than one word I don't get the "news" tab at all. If I type "Dell business news" it would be nice if the results were from business news sources (Bloomberg, Financial Times, Reuters, Forbes, etc.). And if I did "Dell tech news" I would get things from Verge, Engadget, TechCrunch, etc.
posted by barts 3 years and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
I think it's lacking regional sources. I am from India and none of the local news show up when I search for trending topics and I have to go for google.

Local sources are much needed to cover regional news.
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
Give the search engine the option to search through different filters. More of an advanced search. Simple filter that you should be able to select easily would be ones like the parts of a newspaper. Sports, Money, Jobs, News(local, World), Blogs, Photos, Videos, Weather, Entertainment are a couple of suggestions for potential headers that we could use to filter the results of our query.
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 6 months ago Link