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!
, 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!
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!