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 https://duck.co/help/features/dates
(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 https://duckduckgo.com/settings
. 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 https://duck.co/help/settings/regions
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.
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 (https://startpage.com
). 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,