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a comment on the General Rambling Email 2 years and 4 months ago
OK, not exactly related to DuckDuckGo but...

I need a separate email. Right now, I host my own email for my projects but all of that is professional and I don't want it mixing with my personal email. So, I'm wondering if there's a good webmail out there that only requires a username and password to sign up for and that is also free. Preferably open-sourced and .org though that's not a requirement. And, of course, I'm big on privacy so... :D

a reply to a comment on the General Rambling search result prioritization 2 years and 4 months ago
DDG's algorithm (as I understand it from just eyeball-reverse-engineering) doesn't actually know what you're looking for. It instead makes guesses based on what your words are and how frequently they are found in the document it's comparing. At the same time, DuckDuckGo doesn't know what the document is saying either (whether it's pro or anti-vaccine), nor even necessarily what it's about. Thus, it's very difficult to get evenly interspersed results.

Search engines like Google however do know (or can guess and sort of know) what you want and what a page is about. Remember, they have lots of money and lots of mathematicians working for them. Plus, they bubble, so if they know you're pro-vaccine to begin with, they'll serve you a lot of pro-vaccine stuff. If they know you're anti-vaccine, they'll serve you a lot of anti-vaccine stuff.

Whether DuckDuckGo should mess with it's algorithms to create interspersed results on chem-trails or vaccines is a matter of principals: Fairness and equality over showing the dominate opinion. This is often a problem in the media where, in some cases, two "scientists" debate vaccines, global warming, smoking or other similar topics. Even though 98% of the scientific community believe (and have proven) that it is one way, both sides are given equal air-time. This creates the false view that there is still a debate which many have blamed for our slow action on climate change, smoking and other matters.

As a search engine, DDG is expected to objectively return the most dominate opinion. Say I'm trying to figure out how to install MySQL on my Windows laptop (this actually happened to me I'm sorry to say) and 90% of websites said you could do it one way. But there are those 10% of websites that give you a link to a virus and say that this "installer" will solve all your problems. In this case, showing the dominate view will find me the correct information (and perhaps protect me from a virus; you never know).

Of course this can also be bad. What if vaccines do in fact cause autism? (This has been debunked, by the way, and the science behind the debunk is quite sound.) The search engine follows heard-mentality, thus enforcing a dominate opinion and making it even more dominate.

I'm going to leave a judgement on this to the staff. I just don't want to make a choice...

a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Does autocomplete feature restrict our privacy? 2 years and 4 months ago
Yes, autosuggest sends back what you're typing in the same way that when you actually do search it, you send your search query. However, DDG doesn't store this data. It simply uses it onetime to deliver you your autosuggest results.

If you're uncomfortable with autosuggest, you can turn it off in DuckDuckGo's settings:

a reply to a comment on the General Rambling The Portuguese Ortographic Reform and freedom of choice 2 years and 4 months ago
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Change the name DuckDuckGo to something more professional (not sounding childisch) 2 years and 4 months ago
I've always liked the playfulness of DDG's name. (it's what orignally got me interested in the engine, before I started learning about privacy.)

If you feel a bit too awkward with the name, you can say "DDG" and give them the domain name ""

It's quite difficult to change the name of a product, especially if the product name is also the name of the company and the main domain name.

However, what sort of name did you have in mind?
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Binary String appeared while searching 2 years and 4 months ago
I think the OP is using that cool addon that adds IAs to !b and !g.

The other problem here is that the binary doesn't wrap and instead extends over the borders of the box. This is a CSS problem and I expect that it could be fixed in the IA's code. Otherwise, it might need to be fixed in the addon.

To the OP: It's good that you're using the DDG addon. However, you might want to look into searching privately, either with itself, or with a proxy search engine like

a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Image/Social/etc should not show on main search 2 years and 4 months ago
+1, same happens on desktop.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling pre-scheduled, saved searches...a la google alerts: possible in duckduckgo? 2 years and 5 months ago
+1. I had to sign up for Google Alerts recently so I could monitor something. Not only did I give it something I really cared about, I linked it to my email (though fortunately one that was only for my site).

Of course that highlights one of the reasons this might not happen: DDG doesn't want to link a search to an identity and Alerts shows email addresses linked to what those people are impassioned/worried about.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling How does DDG choose between Foursquare and Yelp for the Places Instant Answers? 2 years and 5 months ago
Hmph. I've never seen a Foursquare Places IA (I'd really like to). What searches are you getting that on? maybe I can guess a bit on it.

Note: just so you know, what you're talking about is called an Instant Answer or IA for short. They're those awesome answers at the top. !bangs are where you !bang yourself to another search engine. For example, if you want to search on startpage, you'd add "!startpage" to your search. If you want to search StackOverflow, you just add "!so" to your search.

a reply to a comment on the General Rambling The length of website title 2 years and 5 months ago
Similarly, it really needs to show the full page title when you hover a result, at least as HTML title text.
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