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a reply to a comment on the General Rambling DuckDuckGo Privacy Settings And Cookies - Menu? 4 years and 4 months ago
Hi,

One of the first things I did when I started using DDG some time ago was check the privacy policy.

"No cookies by default" ... "added if you change settings". I checked my DDG cookies in Firefox and it gave me a couple, both named "5", both with the content "2". The privacy policy doesn't explain what these mean and they're not that self-explanatory. I'm fine with them there and I have changed my settings but I don't know what they are.

An example of what I mean would be something like this:

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|
| There are no cookies from
| DDG on your computer

|
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OR

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|
| s (text size): l (large)
| f (floating header): y (yes)
|
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Thanks for the quick response, sorry I wasn't so fast. If my response sounds heated, it's not supposed to be. I'm just debating your points.

Cheers,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Keystroke Logging by Google 4 years and 4 months ago
Hi,

I don't know if anyone outside of Google knows if they log keystrokes. However:
- It is possible and legal for a website to log keystrokes when you're on their page
- It is possible, legal and easy for a website to log keystrokes when you're typing in a text field of theirs
- It is possible (and perhaps legal) for Google to log your keystrokes in their Chrome browser.

Suggestions:
- Use a free/open-source browser such as Firefox
- If you're using Firefox, use NoScript to block scripts
- Read through your settings in applications and on sites carefully and remove anything that could send data back to a server (unless absolutely necessary).
- Read Terms Of Service and see what a site is allowed to access and use. I know they are tedious but you can usually skim through the heart attack disclaimers. :D

Cheers,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling The New Settings Pages 4 years and 4 months ago
Love it.

One thing to note though: it looks better, but for a reason I can't place, it feels more complex. A possible remedy for this would be if it didn't show the extra appearance tweaks on the appearance menu and instead showed a big + button or "Advanced" or something like that. If you clicked on that, the page would expand downward, showing the extra tweaks.

Perhaps also the help text below each item could be fainter until hovered and not there on smaller screens (until you click a help button).

One other thing: "GET requests: Search queries are included in URL (if off, searches will use POST requests)". I know GET/POST but I feel others might be intimidated by that and the talk about "URLs". I think you might want to find some better explanatory text.

Again, I love it. It fits the new interface and just feels... better.

Cheers,
MyUser
a comment on the General Rambling DuckDuckGo Privacy Settings And Cookies - Menu? 4 years and 4 months ago
Hi,

I was wondering if DDG has advanced privacy settings menu or a page to view cookies DuckDuckGo has placed on your computer. I wrote one for the search engine I'm working on and I think it's a cool idea to be able to:
- View cookies DDG has placed without having to go through Firefox menus
- View explanations and about pages on each cookie
- Delete specific cookies
- Ask for DDG cookies not to be saved on your computer
- Ask for DDG to place more cookies on your computer for added functionality

It was easy for me to write in PHP and I'd love to see it in DDG.

I was also wondering what data is collected about searches like countries they came from, day of the week, day of the year and response time.

Cheers,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Ad blocking and RequestPolicy 4 years and 4 months ago
Hi,

Personally I think the reason for this is like follows:

When you go to a website that uses Google Ads or something similar, the content is third party to the client and server (in other words, your browser has to ask for the ad from a different site then the web page). With DuckDuckGo, however, in order to protect your privacy, DuckDuckGo does the ad search for you with Yahoo/Bing. It puts the text of the results into the webpage and sends it to you. Therefore, when the page arrives, there is no third-party content.

As you're using Firefox, I would suggest you get NoScript to block your ads. NoScript blocks JavaScript on a web pages and all intrusive and most image ads use JavaScript or another form of scripts to display. Textual ads like DuckDuckGo's and Google's will still display, but fortunately they don't really annoy me much.

NoScript also helps to stop websites from tracking a significant amount of your personal information (everything sent by the client after the page loads). However, it can't stop any server-side tracking.

Cheers,
MyUser
a comment on the General Rambling Is Site.com Up Incorrect On Some 4 years and 4 months ago
Hi,

Is Site.com Up seems to be incorrect on all non-existing domains. For example, I tried "is hsljdg.com up", and it answered:

hsljdg.com seems up.
It took us seconds to get a response from hsljdg.com.


But if i go to http://hsljdg.com/, Firefox responds:

Server not found
Firefox can't find the server at hsljdg.com.


I've tried this on quite a few domains. A key feature of the incorrect response is this line:
It took us seconds to get a response from hsljdg.com.
Where as domains that are up have a response like this:
It took us 0.019 seconds to get a 200 response from 184.72.115.86.

Cheers,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Customize DDG Search Box on Homepage? 4 years and 4 months ago
Hi there,

I think I've found a way, inspired by code at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/64947.... Here it is:

Code:
<iframe src="https://duckduckgo.com/search.html?prefill=Search%20DuckDuckGo" frameborder="0" id="iframe"></iframe>

<script src="sys/js/jquery.js"></script>

<script>
	//alert("hey");

$('iframe').load( function() {
    $('iframe').contents().find("head")
      .append($("<style type='text/css'>  #search_button_homepage { background-color: red; }  </style>"));
});

</script>


It's slightly messy, and will need tinkering but it should work.

Some notes to make: #search_button_homepage { * } styles the button as far as I can see. However, dive into the source of the page at https://duckduckgo.com/search.html to make sure.

To style the button, just add CSS values within the {braces} after #search_button_homepage.

Hope this makes sense,
Then, hope it works,
Cheers,
MyUser
a comment on the General Rambling Search Customization GUI 4 years and 4 months ago
Hi,

I started using DuckDuckGo about a year ago, originally along side with Google and Bing (I kept finding that DuckDuckGo had a knack for doing good results when the others did them bad and alright when the others did them good), and then later by itself, only venturing to Google when DuckDuckGo had problems.

One of the few things that I loved more in Google than in DuckDuckGo was it's ability to adjust the search result ranking and inclusion methods for an individual search. For example, you could give it commands as to freshness and whole lot of other stuff.

Since the redesign of DuckDuckGo, I've loved the simple GUI which has triumphed over Google's and pretty much everyone else's. I was especially delighted when the region-centric button was added without cluttering the GUI at all.

When I imagine the best way to implement a GUI to do this, I imagine an instant answers style tab above the instant answers box, but pushed to the right ("float:right"/extreme right), labeled "Search Rankings" or "Search Customization", or something like that.

If you were to click on that, you would be presented with an easy GUI, something a child (or senior) could figure out. It would allow you to:
1. Freshness:
- Specify freshness threshold (basically the time period to include in results)
- Specify freshness ranking (how much priority to give to freshness)
2. Extra search words:
- Specify words you don't want included
- Remove synonyms to the words you typed originally
- Write exact quotes to look for
3. Add a list of trusted/untrusted sites
4. Specify WOT ranking (how much priority to give to trusted sites through WOT)

That sort of thing.

If this is done to be as convenient as Google, it might as well be better than Google. I suggest that there also be an option to save your preferences to an XML file on your hard-disk and then load them from there so that you can keep a record of previous settings that returned good results.

Cheers,
MyUser
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