Latest Comments

9 Total
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling An alternate idea for a different way to initiate a search via DuckDuckGo 3 years and 21 days ago
Well that features is new to me. I will have to look into this DDHack.
BTW, I am an ex-programmer, so I have fallen out of skill on programming er coding, but I could relearn, I suppose.

But, I agree that the tried and true method of presenting search engine results as a list of (blue) links is old (e.g. AltaVista, Yahoo, Google, Bing, Anoox, Surfwax, etc.). Well there were different presentations (e.g. Mooter, now defunct).
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling An alternate idea for a different way to initiate a search via DuckDuckGo 3 years and 24 days ago
Well, I've gotten use to the new DDG and so I don't miss too much of the old one. But, I still wish DDG would do more of its own thing. Nevertheless, DDG is my "go to" search engine. I still use Bing once or twice a week (I love the flight information, travel stuff, and local movie times) and I haven't used a full-fledged Google search in 5 years.

Maybe DDG could partner with theaters and cinemas to have an option "movie times" or "film" etc. to show local movie times. This would be a big undertaking, I guess.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Please consider restoring the great features of the classic DDG and stop "bubbling" users through limiting top subsearch options. 3 years and 24 days ago
Okay, I am willing to wait and see how things turn out after all these months.
BTW, Antelope, California now produces a Map option -- nice.
a comment on the General Rambling Partner with for more search results. Add U.S. and foreign patent results. 3 years and 5 months ago
Would DDG consider being a partner with to automatically include the results of its databases in your searches? In particular, having the ability get the text results from its book scanning project of public documents would be very ducky. Having access to texts is one of the things that I liked about Google (Google Book Search) and that I have missed since going over to DDG.

But the Internet Archive offers much more than books, but other digital information. Also DDG could use the Archive's WayBackMachine with date settings to search how websites used to look.

Lastly, for this round of suggestions, perhaps DDG can incorporate Patent information from U.S. and foreign patent offices directly into searches, perhaps with a Bang option to just search patents only if the user did not want any non-patent results.
a comment on the General Rambling Please consider restoring the great features of the classic DDG and stop "bubbling" users through limiting top subsearch options. 3 years and 7 months ago
Under the new, "improved" DDG, we get autocomplete ON and the fabulous drop down menu no where to be seen, and fewer listings.
Please consider restoring these features (drop down menu, more listings on the screen) and making autocomplete/autosuggest OFF as a default if we want.

I miss the ability to sort by date by using the drop-down menu. Yes, I know I can type "sort:date" but most newbie users won't know that.
Bangs are great if one knows about them, but again newbies probably won't know about them so they won't be aware they can use them.

Lastly, by putting up subsearch options such as "images", "video", "news", "meanings", "definitions" don't come up for all search terms. So by limiting which of these options come up, DDG is in fact "bubbling" searchers -- just as it claims to not do so. And some searches also do NOT bring up an option. For example, searches for "antelope", "buffalo", "bear", "eagle", "elk", "manatee" do not bring up Maps, when there are places with these names (e.g. Antelope County , Nebraska; Antelope, California; Antelope, Newfoundland -- yes, there is a marquee that comes up, but no Maps option). Even a search for "Antelope, California" does not bring up a Map option.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Pull-down options menu for searches (where to find?) 3 years and 8 months ago
I, too, miss the drop down menu items, particularly the sort by date. Yes, I could use "sort:date" but most newbie users would not know that. To expand the user base of DDG, DDG should be easy and simple to use.

Also, instead of just a simple magnifying glass search icon, why not add icons for more specific searches, such as an icon of a camera or photo plus a magnifying glass to signify "image search", another icon of a film video plus the magnifying glass to signify "video search", etc. These icons could even change much like the tabs. Or use tabs like a browser to separate different types of search results.
a comment on the General Rambling Being able to jump around search results pages (SRP's) 3 years and 8 months ago
One of the things that has stayed the same for nearly all search engines since the "beginning" is the long list of links. For most search engines, these links are listed in some sort of order (e.g. from most to least relevant, or most recent, or most popular, etc.), and then one has to clikc on a "next" arrow or button or press a sequential number, e.g. 1 2 3.

Other search engines, such as the ill-fated Cuil, allowed users to page through listings via arrows "<" or ">".

DuckDuckGo has a scrolling, "never-ending" list of links.

One downside of this is that those links that are earlier or on the first SRP are seen by most. Hence, the ferocious bidding or fights to get on the first page or near the top of the first page, this is the reason for much of Google's revenue.

But, they are still sequential lists. I'd like to see if DDG will consider a slighlty different approach. First, allow a "hover" view that shrinks listings (as if being viewed from far above in a balloon or aircraft) and allows one to then click anywhere in those listings to then "jump" to that listing. This allows users to go to links much farther down the line, and reduces the need for listings to always been near the top to be seen. For page-based search engines such as Bing and Google, a hover view would allow people to click on a SRP much farther along. Either way, once clicked, that page would then return to normal size and allow its closer inspection by the user, who can then select a more refined listing from that page.

Some email programs work this way, allowing users to zoom away from their email messages to see an overview, and then select a closer view of a group of messages later on.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling DuckDuckGo Reimagined and Redesigned 3 years and 8 months ago
My two cents:

For the most part, I like the new redesign, although I would have to try it out to really evaluate it thoroughly especially once the "wow" factor wears off.

How are the images generated? Are you still using Google and Bing images via bangs?

I would like to see DDG wean itself off of using other companies' material and start scowering the web for its own images, videos, audio, songs, patents, real estate, weather, scholarly articles, etc. (Not all at once, just start with the most requested types [images, video, audio, songs] and move onto the more esoteric.] With everything under one search, but allow (via checkboxes) a configuration system that permits users (when registering with say a DDG log in [but NO email address], to save their particular settings.) I realize that this is a big undertaking, but it is worth the efforts.
a comment on the General Rambling An alternate idea for a different way to initiate a search via DuckDuckGo 3 years and 8 months ago
Most search engines follow the tried-and-true way to start a search. The user is presented with a long open search field followed by a "magnifying glass" symbol or other symbol or the words "search". To initiate a search, the user types the search query as text in the search box and then clicks on the search box to start the search.
If one is using bangs (!), one can then embed this in the text and then click search or press the <return> key.

Why not give users the option of a separate entry way into DDG that has different search boxes. One box says or shows the magnifying glass for "search", but other icons show "image search", another is for video search, another for audio search, etc. Which ones show up could be both generic and if one logs into an ddg account, their preferences for searching would show us.

Thus, of one wanted to do an image search, one enters the search term in the dialog box and press an icon that says in effect "image search" instead of just a regular "search". If one wanted to search for just videos, one could press "video search" or an icon showing a TV or film strip or something that would graphically represent video or movies, etc.

But perhaps this is just too much? I know that bangs are supposed to do all these things, but most newbies don't know about bangs and many appear to not use them.

Of course, maybe in the future, DDG could start its own image crawler instead of relying on Bing or Google image searches.
« 1 »