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a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Will we be warned if/when this forum is going to go away? 2 years and 3 months ago
I'd suggest you get prepared now... I'm not really sure what's happening with the forum.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling DDG search in Ubuntu Dash 2 years and 3 months ago
Hello,

I'm not sure if this works (I haven't had the time to test it on my Ubuntu desktop) but a simple DuckDuckGo search returned this result: http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/Introducing-Ubuntu-DuckDuckGo-Lens-for-Unity-273954.shtml.

Hope that helps!
Cheers,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling DDG won't search in chrome anymore 2 years and 3 months ago
Hello,

I think this is probably something you'll have to take up with the Chrome support staff or on one of their forums. I'm afraid my expertise is limited to Firefox but after a bit of experimenting in Chrome and searching around in DuckDuckGo, I have a couple suggestions:

If you haven't already, go to DuckDuckGo.com and look for a small popup at the bottom of the page about setting DuckDuckGo as the default search engine. You can also review this article on various ways of installing DuckDuckGo for Chrome on a desktop.

If these fail, you could perhaps try installing the DuckDuckGo extension for Chrome. It offers various extra features (including Instant Answers on Google and Bing results pages) and will hopefully add back the search functionality.

I hope these help.
Good luck,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Two points about news searches 2 years and 3 months ago
Hello,

Glad you're using DuckDuckGo! I agree with both your points; customization is one of the many things DDG needs to work on, mostly by adding more options for different forms of searches. Also, I like your idea of news.duckduckgo.com; it has an awesome ring to it.

For now, you can download the DuckDuckGo app for Windows, iPhone or Android. Just search "duckduckgo" in the Windows Store or go to https://duckduckgo.com/app for iOS and Android versions. It's not the ideal solution but it's still pretty neat.

Cheers,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the blog post DuckDuckHack — new and improved! 2 years and 3 months ago
Hello Zac,

I understand the decision. I'd like to voice a couple of points though that I'm sure others are feeling; take them into consideration if you will.

The General Ramblings forum is useful not only for reporting bugs but for getting help. There are a lot of people out there that want to use DuckDuckGo but need to ask about things like how to get the search bar working or just generally chatting about how it can be improved and how people can spread the website. These discussions benefit DuckDuckGo by building a group of non-programmers that are still passionate about their favourite search engine. They also benefit the newbies and give DDG a good face.

So far, I have never gotten a response to any feedback I've given through duckduckgo.com. I don't expect any. All the staff at DDG are busy doing amazing things and don't have time to reply for bug reports, but for most people, being seemingly ignored can be disheartening, especially when they've poured their time into finding and reporting a bug. General Ramblings is great at fixing this because community members have the time to reply when staff do not. This improves greatly DDG's customer service side.

Those are two great reasons why General Ramblings or something like it is good to keep around. Discussions around pull requests are exclusive to programmers on GitHub (I'm a programmer; I'm not on GitHub) and Instant Answer ideas are really only about Instant Answer ideas.

The General Ramblings forum also helps to keep the DDG community together a bit, even more so because it's endorsed by the company.

I'm sure you'll come up with something great. I hope you keep these ideas in mind for when you do. In the meantime, I would recommend that you keep a link to the forum around.

If there's anything a grade 9 PHP/JavaScript/Python (+HTML/CSS) programmer can do to help with the community, please say. I'd love to work more on my favourite search engine.

Sincerely,
MyUser
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a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Please help me to get ungoogleized 2 years and 3 months ago
I agree, advanced search would be cool. This also goes into the second most asked for thing on this forum which is for DDG to add search by date.

Unfortunately because DDG aggregates search results from various crawlers, including it's own DuckBot, it's difficult for them to build an advanced search feature when many of the pieces of data they need are not accessible (this is a guess based on my experience in programming).

Does the advanced search syntax fulfill what you need and the only inconvenience is having to type it out? If you want, I could pull together a solution to create search syntax queries using buttons instead of typing.

Cheers,
MyUser
a comment on the General Rambling Questionable Search Suggestion with Safe Search On 2 years and 3 months ago
Hello,

Just happened to type "365" into DuckDuckGo and the suggestions looked like this:
[ http://snag.gy/T0C8Y.jpg]
Safe Search is on.

Anyway, I expect this is a relatively minor problem, considering I've never seen something like it happen before. It's just a problem because it pops up for a completely unrelated search phrase.

Cheerio,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling https everywhere? 2 years and 5 months ago
Yup, unless you want to use Tor. However, Tor would still have an unencrypted stretch between the exit node and the end server so though it couldn't be traced to you by IP, any other information transmitted would be insecure.
a comment on the General Rambling I Mourn for the Holiday Logo 2 years and 5 months ago
So, another Christmas is coming and, as in the other recent holidays, I know with disappointing certainty that DuckDuckGo will not have a holiday logo for it. In the past, I've tried to urge DDG to reinstate the holiday logo, even going as far as to create one myself with my limited GIMP skills (I've improved since, I hope). However, I've always come up against the same wall: DDG does not want to change it's logo for a day.

As said in this thread, "for the immediate future, [DuckDuckGo is] not considering any changes to the homepage logo. [It has] acquired a ton of new users since being integrated to Safari/Firefox and changing the homepage would mean a lot of confused users."

I disagree. And, as often when I disagree, I'll tell you a story.

In the early days of Google, Sergey Brin suggested that each day the logo be something different, so as to keep users interested. This was, of course, shot down by the marketing department who knew better. As Douglas Edwards said in his book about his time at Google, the company should always attempt to imprint the logo further into the minds of its users. He demonstrated this with the phrase:

"This is our logo,
It looks like this,
If it looks like this, it's our logo,
Because our logo looks like this."


But Mr. Brin, after revising his plan a bit, went ahead and photoshopped a clip art pumpkin above the logo for a day (either Halloween or Thanksgiving, I can't remember). A few more logos were made for common holidays, culminating in Dennis Hwang, an intern at the time, being appointed Chief Doodler.

What's the point here? Originally, the now iconic Google Doodles were rejected by the saner of the Google staff, but when they did appear, people loved them. In fact, they've come to expect them as demonstrated by the numerous complains when Google forgets a holiday. The same goes for DDG where I have found many posts by users asking about holiday logos, only to be told that they had gone on "hiatus."

The chief place people are coming to DDG from is Google, where the logos are expected. On DuckDuckGo, I doubt anyone will be surprised that the logo changes, nor would it be much of a problem. The primary features about the logo (the duck) are always there and the style of the website and the way of accessing it never change. If DuckDuckGo is worried about confusing users, perhaps they should change their domain name from duckduckgo.com to something shorter and more memorable...

Of course they wouldn't do that and I wouldn't either! DuckDuckGo.com is an awesome domain name! It's fun, playful and a break from the now extremely formal sounding "Google." The same goes for the holiday logo.

So, what should DuckDuckGo do then? Obviously, they should reinstate the holiday logo. If they can't find staff to make logos, they can use the community which is always eager to help. And, I'm available whenever. I assure you, my logo-making skills have improved.

If it is impossible for this to happen, please explain to me why not? I have set out my argument here... why don't you set out yours?

Cheers,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Duckduckgo logo 2 years and 5 months ago
Although DDG, hasn't done that recently... Apparently they want to increase brand recognizableness by keeping the logo the same.
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