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a reply to a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Eclipse and where it can be seen. 3 years and 10 months ago
We're partners with TimeAndDate, so if it's available in the API that would be cool
a comment on the Instant Answer Idea When does <season> start? 3 years and 10 months ago
We're partners with http://www.timeanddate.com/. Maybe they have this information, too.
a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Sporting event ticket information 3 years and 10 months ago
a reply to a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Encyclopedia of Life (Species IA) 3 years and 10 months ago
Cool! Make a PR for it!
a reply to a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Time in + city 3 years and 10 months ago
Yes definitely! We're still working on the relevancy piece because making it work for just "time" would mean it could trigger on "time inc" or "hammer time". Stay tuned though because we're working on it. :)
a comment on the Instant Answer Idea National anthems of the world. 3 years and 10 months ago
This could be a goodie!
a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Search for title availability across several digital distribution services (iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, Google Play, etc) 3 years and 11 months ago
We're working on this using the http://gowatchit.com/ API
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Instant answers client in Erlang 3 years and 11 months ago
Based on https://duckduckgo.com/api, as long as DDG is being attributed and it's non-commercial you should be fine. :)
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling An Update on !bangs Syntax 3 years and 11 months ago
Yes, that's another path that we were thinking about, but we thought we should just make the old syntax work but with a few minor tweaks. I made an update to the post above that explains it in detail!
a comment on the General Rambling An Update on !bangs Syntax 3 years and 11 months ago
Hello, everyone!

One of our most beloved features, !bangs, is getting a small update. !bangs are shortcuts that begin with an exclamation point '!', and they allow you to directly search on other websites. For example, typing "!amazon shoes" will take you to Amazon.com's search results for "shoes".

Currently, this works with an exclamation point at the end of a !bang such as amazon!, wikipedia!, and yt!. But as our list of !bangs grows, it causes issues with searches that inadvertently contain an exclamation point, e.g., "OMG! Ubuntu!" or "Die, Monster, Die!"

Recently, our feedback channels have indicated that these situations are far more accidental than intended, which wasn't the case in past attempts to make the same change.

And so, we will soon be disabling the ability to use an exclamation point at the end of a !bang. If you have any feedback or questions, leave us a comment below!

Update:

Hi, everyone! We reverted the change, and now queries such as 'discombobulate t!' now work. We'll be making it stricter in the coming days, though, so that people don't accidentally trigger the bangs. For example, words that end in exclamation points such as 'Japanese from Zero!' won't work anymore.

Thank you for all your feedback!
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