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a reply to a comment on the General Rambling How to make DuckDuckGo settings stick? 2 years and 3 months ago
Also, in a related issue, the region setting is stubborn about turning off. I kept choosing "clear" or "all results" and the page kept reloading to the U.S. selection.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling How to make DuckDuckGo settings stick? 2 years and 3 months ago
Lately, I've been trying to set a customized DDG start page for a family member and the custom settings have been really wonky. Settings don't save and when I go back into settings to save again I see settings have reverted back to white. So I have to re-enter my custom parameters all over again.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling How to make DuckDuckGo settings stick? 2 years and 3 months ago
What I did was created my own start page (similar to the screen shot below) with all my favorite links and stored it on my computer. Then I added my exact duckduckgo cloud url so my settings never disappear even if I clear my cache. [http://www.searchsites.ms11.net/images/custompage.png]
a comment on the General Rambling Noticed video searches now only returns 20-29 results 2 years and 3 months ago
It's not a big deal but just wondering why? I was hoping you would be able to return all the results and have a way to select the most resent videos but I know how difficult it can be working with an outside algorithm not under your control.

a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Customising DuckDuckgo 2 years and 8 months ago
I personalized DDG how I wanted it, then copied the bookmarkelet url and saved it on an offline html page I made for myself with a bunch of my favorite links.

This is what it looked like before I added links:
http://www.searchsites.ms11.net/images/c...
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling So, Google changed their logo because of this 2 years and 8 months ago
What am I missing that everybody else gets?
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling I'm the last person to defend prudery but 2 years and 8 months ago
Well, of course, don't supply a chat, forum or PM feature or any other way for user to user communication. I didn't examine the Google Kids site too closely but if they did that they're stupid.

My point was have an exclusively kid-friendly content version of DuckDuckGo, not facilitate questionable communications.
a comment on the General Rambling I'm the last person to defend prudery but 2 years and 8 months ago
do you think it might be a good idea for DDG to create a separate search app for children? Just to increase its usability among all age groups?

I'm not a parent but I'm trying to put myself in the shoes of a parent whose child might use The DDG app because I like DDG and want people of all ages to feel comfortable using it.

I'm not talking about a search filter (you've got that covered) but the news articles that appear in your app.

Are these news articles and links chosen by hand or automatically?

I think there needs to be a Rated-G version to accommodate users under a certain age.

It's not like DDG posts crazy stuff but like this morning the F word showed up in a little comic strip that was posted.

Now of course to most of us adults here that's no big deal. But to the parent of a child using DDG that might be enough to send them searching for a more child-friendly search engine. I'm sure there are other examples from the app's news feed but I don't recall them at the moment.

I want to make clear, I'm not some religious prude. I'm an atheist, actually. And I'm not trying to see this from the perspective of a religious extremist who wants to censor everyone but from an age-inclusive perspective of all potential users of DDG. Neither am I a parent so we can scratch that potential source of bias off too.

As supporters of DDG we have to remember DDG is competing with Google. And any usability advantage Google has over DDG can drive users away from DDG.

Certainly, I'd be fine if DDG took a stand either way towards one user friendly experience over the other. But my worry is this has not been explicitly defined and parents of children may use the DDG app expecting one kind of experience and not get it. DDG does appear like a child-friendly experience with that friendly duck logo, after all.

Am I being overly sensitive or is it a good idea for DDG to have some format exclusively available for users under a certain age? In other words, a completely child-friendly experience?

Maybe not a separate search app...but perhaps you could add an option to turn off the news feed or change it to a more kid-friendly feed?


And just to emphasize my point…DDG's competition has the kid-friendly market covered:

http://www.safesearchkids.com/google/#.V...

Again, DDG has such a kid-friendly logo. You should take advantage of that area of the search market.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling I thought I would be safe from being tracked? 2 years and 10 months ago
I don't speak for DDG but I suspect once you leave DDG and go to another website, you are free game to being tracked depending on the privacy policy of that website. Most people know this but not everyone. DDG has no control of what other websites do with your data once you go to them. As I understand it searches on DDG aren't tracked. Where you go after that is beyond DGG's jurisdiction.

In fact, if you search for videos through DDG, they will even tell you clicking through to go to YouTube will leave you open to being tracked by YouTube. A regular DDG search probably works the same way.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Email 2 years and 10 months ago
Protonmail.ch is very good. But you may or may not have to wait a little bit after requesting an invitation. I didn't wait too long.
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