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a comment on the blog post Community Activity and Overview 4 years and 3 months ago
Love the geometry IA. Only problem I see is searching "geometry square" gets the geometry answer but searching "square" doesn't.

Also, would it be possible to link to searches in the "Notable Changes" section as well as GitHub?

Loving the work,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Instant Answers statistics 4 years and 3 months ago
Similar to this, are there any statistics as to searches and how they moved up and down over time? It would be cool if you could see how often a search had been searched that day, or the most popular search of a week or month.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Slogan! 4 years and 3 months ago
Yes, "Ducks Don't Suck," but "suck" is a negative word, making the recipient unconsciously associate negative things with the product.

Right now, "Google tracks you, we don't" is good (though the first clause is negative), but it defines DDG by what Google isn't.

The young Google spent a long time devising a slogan. Their original one was "The Little Search Engine That Could" (wow). There is some debate about who invented "Don't Be Evil," but one day they were brain-storming for company mantras and one employee thought that the list that they had come up with, including "don't be late for meetings" and "be nice to others" was lame. He spoke up and said "don't these all fall under Don't Be Evil?" Everyone but the work-place designers hated it, so those designers began putting it everywhere (on white-boards, on cubicle walls) until it slowly became the internal slogan.

Then one day, Eric Schmidt, then the CEO, accidentally let the slogan slip during a press conference and Google hasn't heard the end of it since.


How about "DuckDuckGo - The Answers Search Engine."

Cheers,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling So, Using Firefox 37.0.2 having changed my default search to DDG, I search for a Hilti product fix, then Hilti ad shows up on Facebook tab. Why? 4 years and 3 months ago
In Firefox, check out the following addons to protect your privacy from third-party trackers such as Facebook:
- Ghostery blocks third-party trackers on pages you visit. You can also selectively allow trackers you do want (I never have). (Search "ghostery" in Firefox Addons)
- PrivacyBadger (https://www.eff.org/privacybadger) blocks third-parties that persistently track you after you've sent a Do Not Track message. DDG donated some money to them recently, but they're still in beta.
- NoScript blocks JavaScript by domain name. You can then allow JavaScript for a particular domain (such as "duckduckgo.com"). It won't stop them from tracking your page requests, but it will stop them from tracking your scrolling, engagement and mouse over.

Also in Firefox you can go to Preferences/Options, go over to the Privacy tab, change "Firefox will: Remember history" to "Use custom settings for history," then change "Accept third-party cookies: Always" to "Never." Now, third-party trackers (such as Google Analytics) can't place cookies on your computer but sites you visit can.

Hope this helped. Good luck with taking back your privacy

Cheers,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling I thought browsing on DuckDuckGo was private.... 4 years and 3 months ago
Another thing to remember is that if you click on an ad on DDG, Bing (owned by MSN/Microsoft) can track your click, but if you don't then they can't.

It would be interesting if DDG put a warning below ads that Bing can track clicks on the ad.
a comment on the General Rambling Time IA Problems 4 years and 4 months ago
Hi,

"time in london england" doesn't seem to return the time in London England. It works for New York (https://duckduckgo.com/?q=time+in+new+yo...).

Also similar, I should be able to search "udt" and get the universal time. Same with "gmt".

Anyway, thanks in advance,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling How to make DuckDuckGo more popular? 4 years and 5 months ago
I agree the promo video needs an update and more noteriety. However, I disagree about donations.

Donating whenever you search seems very stupid and evil. Whenever I see something like that, I think "why don't they just donate all they've got now?" This is the beauty of what DDG does right now because they do it from their hearts instead of because of marketing advice.

I also think a running counter would stuff it into your face like "look how much we donate to charity! I sure hope you use the search engine that donates to charity!" Actually, if you live on the west coast of Canada, you'd know what I mean. Search "telus charity donations." Yes, Telus does nice things, but I still don't like them.

I agree that it would be nice if DDG donated more to third-world or environmental charities, but DDG's current actions fit more with their corporate vision (to create a private search engine with awesome answers). Privacy on the web is always priority, though unfortunatly not many people know about it (nor care; I do though and I love DDG's donations).

What would be cool is if people could donate under DDG's name. SInce DDG is a company, you can't really donate to them, but if you could say, donate to CBC's food bank day to get DDG mentioned as a donor with a "Google tracks you, we don't" message, that might be good. This would have to be controlled by DDG of course otherwise there might be some unintended consequences.

Try getting a shirt or writing "Google spies on you, We don't: duckduckgo.com" on whiteboards. If you can convert one more person to DDG, that's one more person with private search and good answers.

We all love DDG. And I bet you can find some more ways to help out yourself (like making a proto-promo-video and posting it for DDG staff and community members to look over and improve).
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling WOT/HTTPS Everywhere 4 years and 5 months ago
Please? I've given ideas, explanations and reasons to support my request, but have got no official reply. It would be nice to know if this had been considered at any point and any reasons against it. HTTPS is important for the decision making of a well-educated user and would greatly improve DDG's ability to assist in users' privacy and security. I do not wish to force this on anyone but I would like the option, if possible, to be there.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling DuckDuckGo Phones 4 years and 5 months ago
One of the things you could look into is FxOS. It's created by the Mozilla Foundation (the wonderful people behind Firefox) and it's interface is programmed with HTML, CSS and JS (same as web pages). Try https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/os....

The homescreen and default apps on FxOS are called Gaia. They can easily be rethemed or rewritten. If you want to show your support for DDG with your phone, you could change your wallpaper or completely redo it (unfortunatly FxOS doesn't come with DDG search).

I've been working on making my own version of Gaia for my own entertainment (similar in style to Apple's WatchOS) and it's quite easy to do. If DDG were inclined to make a phone it could change a bit of Gaia, add DDG search, add some apps to employ DDG search, IAs and XMPP, then distribute them on phones.

FxOS is Linux and Gecko based (Gecko's the graphical engine behind Firefox).

Hope I've given people ideas,
Cheers,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Square Root And Other Math Questions 4 years and 6 months ago
Thanks. Also with fortnights?

No, it was with the square root instant answer (sorry, my mind is oddly structured and I know I should have put that elsewhere). The problem with the square root IA is that it's not immediatly clear what the answer is as all the text is the same size, nothing is boldfaced and it's all on one like. I think it should look more like the IA for simple math where it has the answer (say 2 for 1+1) then the equation beneath it (just in case the user forgot what they'd typed).
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