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a reply to a comment on the General Rambling To increase use of DuckDuckGo, other features will be needed beyond search 3 years and 11 months ago
Hells no. The "new and improved" interface is sluggish and the search results are lacking. Give them time to breathe. Once they manage to get the basics straight, we can talk add-ons.

I'm just afraid, that day will never come. Such a promising initiative ... and now this.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling I clear my cookies at the end of a session 3 years and 11 months ago
I'd suggest (untested): backup the cookie file after the cookies that you want to preserve have been written. Then replace the link/entry/shortcut that starts your webbrowser with one that copies the cookies back into it's original place before starting the webbrowser.

You'd probably have to remember to repeat this procedure once in a while, as the formats might change over time.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Should DDG be more fault-tolerant? 3 years and 11 months ago
Thanks again. As for
"we've always been as strict as possible, attempting to search exactly as you typed" (

I have two more examples which might show that you still could/should work on that. Both search terms are regarding knives/machetes.

The first search term is
which is kind of an unique Amazon ID number (ASIN). Results show both Google and DDG.

The second one is

which is also a quite unique name for a knife project.

I guess we can agree, that Google delivers far better results. Of course, no settings/cookies or special URL parameters were used in both cases. Just plain search terms.

Have a nice one!

BTW: I just realize I might have deleted your last comment, because it says "This comment has been deleted" above it. That was unintentional. Please undo it if possible.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Visited links should have a different color 3 years and 11 months ago
You can accomplish this www-wide, regardless of the site's approach. It's really more of a browser-setting than a site-setting. I, for one, use the Opera browser, and my config in this regard, (on Linux) is:

$ cat ~/.local/share/opera/styles/user.css

a:visited {
color: #909 !important;

It's a simple so-called "stylesheet file" which tells the browser how to behave and render certain elements. In this case, it simply tells the browser in which color "visited" links should be displayed.

This browser setting takes precedence over all website-settings. It should be similarly easy to implement with other webbrowsers. Just do a websearch for "user stylesheets".
a comment on the General Rambling Should DDG be more fault-tolerant? 3 years and 11 months ago
I recently used following search string:

here-word here-string OR here-doc

on DDG as well as on Google. The results can be viewed in a screenshot compilation below
(heredoc.jpg 1167x5310 986KB backup:

Google shows almost exclusively "relevant" results, whereas DDG tries to resolve the "here-word" portion of my search string. "here-word" is, of course, bollocks. It's my mistake, but Google resolved it anyway. DDG didn't. I tried it in several variants (e.g. quotes instead of hyphens) but the results were roughly the same.

So I was wondering whether a search engine should be able to deal with such lapses? Two out of three parts of my search string were very specific technical terms. They appear as titles on many webpages, whereas "here-word" is a meaningless neologism.

BTW: with Google, the hyphen seems to work as a slightly weaker variant of the quote. How is it meant to work with DDG?

Thanks for your attention
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling "OR" operator 4 years and 20 days ago
Thanks for your reply.
Dunno if that matters, but site: queries were used in both instances of my exemplary search patterns, so I'm not sure whether the size of the database really does matter.
a comment on the General Rambling "OR" operator 4 years and 24 days ago

I guess this question is somehow related to the one I asked several months ago

The "OR" operator still seems to mess up things.

certina diver

returns more results than:

certina diver OR taucheruhr

The help file ( still simply states:
"If you want to do one term or another use the uppercase keyword OR in
between the terms. OR will only operate on the surrounding words so foo bar
OR baz is equivalent to foo (bar OR baz)."

Kind Regards
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