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a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Annoying problem with engine 3 years and 4 months ago
The reason for this is because Images (and Videos and About and all those other things at the top) are Instant Answers particular to the search (unlike in Google where they're separate search pages).

I agree, DDG should look into opening the last I/A you had open when you change your search query. In the mean time, you can always add " images" on to the end of your search.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Sitelinks, unifying same website results 3 years and 4 months ago
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Why I am not leaping despite the lure of no tracking 3 years and 4 months ago
Though KK4OXJ has already answered, I'll try my best to provide some of the reasoning.

1. The closest to this right now is "sort:date." Try it a couple times and see if it works for you. There is a help page about this at (though it's quite scant). Yes, date searches seems to be the most commonly asked for feature on this forum.

2. As KK4OXJ pointed out, you can use You can also change the location of your search using controls on the right-hand side of the search page allowing you to search for a particular country (interestingly enough, one can search in both Canada English and Canada French). You can find out more about this feature at

3. Yup, translation has got to be the second most asked for thing on the forum (at least as I've seen it). Unfortunately, I doubt DDG has the time, money or perhaps even the mathematical genius to right a good translation engine. (They should probably look into writing a proxy for one using an API.)

4. A lot of people argue about how good DDG's results are. Yes, unfortunately they're not up to par with Google's in some cases. This is because Google had a gigantic head start on DDG (what was it, ten years) and Google has the money to draw in mathematicians and really really good search experts. Also, as Google "bubbles" you, they can return results that are more likely to seem right to you. As DDG cannot bubble, they cannot return similarly tailored results.

5. A long time ago, back in Google's early days, they did some A/B testing on users to find the best number of results per page. It turned out to be 10. (This was before Google put ads on half the page, in the same column as the results). DDG, however, found that it would be easier for the user to just scroll down with more results loading as she did. (Remember, Google's decision was in a time before JavaScript, AJAX or fast internet; DDG however can do results loaded after the initial page load using JS and AJAX and this no longer uses up so much time and bandwidth. In fact, it uses up less time and bandwidth then if you had to click to another page!)

In fact, the main problem with DDG is that all the other companies have lots of money, lots of people and lots of legacy. However, this can be good for DDG as well. Think how DuckDuckGo was able to decide not to track the user. Few other search engines have done that, mostly because of they're large legacy and they're big money demanding that it make more money.

If you still find DDG intolerable to use (as I admit, I do at rare times), there are a couple of things you can still do:
1. Keep DDG as your default search engine and always try a search with them first. Upon finding that DDG has (in your opinion) failed, !bang the search to !g.
2. If this is too much, try out StartPage ( StartPage is a proxy search for Google, meaning you can get good privacy but still get Google's results. Unfortunately the GUI doesn't look that good and the separation between ads and results is a thin one. (You can try out StartPage by adding "!startpage" to your query).
3. Install some privacy add-ons in your browser and (if you haven't already done so) switch to Firefox or another open-source, non-Google browser.
4. If you completely forsake DDG, remember to come back to it one in a while to see if it's up to your standards.

DuckDuckGo has 21 employees and they're doing their best to make a good search engine. You can be part of the way large community that gives them directions, finds bugs and makes the suggestions that help make DDG unique.

Good luck in your quest,
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Dropping Keywords And Site:s 3 years and 4 months ago
From what I was getting, it appears that DDG is just running a string search on my query (if "amazon" in query). This problem would be fixed by searching (if " amazon " in query or " site:amazon." in query). The spaces make it impossible for a hyphen to come before.
a comment on the General Rambling Dropping Keywords And Site:s 3 years and 4 months ago
Searching for "war of the worlds" shows all results not from Amazon. However, at the top it says "Showing results from | All."

Second, when searching for "war of the worlds -amazon" it says at the top "Add !amazon for a bang search. More…" I definitely do not want that little tid-bit as I'm attempting to not show Amazon in my search.

a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Our privacy via DDG partnerships? 3 years and 4 months ago
DuckDuckGo requests results from Yandex (and other sources) itself, then compiles them, reorders them and returns them to the user. All that Yandex can see is millions of requests coming from DDG. It has no idea who the search comes from originally.

More info at

a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Wimbledon Prize Money 3 years and 4 months ago
Also, "wimbledon scores" and "wimbledon matches" should have IAs. Too late now but maybe for next year?
a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Integrate quick music search box and/or movie? 3 years and 4 months ago
And then there are videos at the top of every search! (Unfortunately only from YouTube. I hope they expand.)
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling you can tell DDG is gaining marketshare - 3 years and 4 months ago
Yup. Just look what happened to Don't be evil irony at it's finest.
a reply to a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Find Number Of DuckDuckGo Searches Today [So Far] 3 years and 4 months ago (though it's not live)
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