PSA: duckduckgo has !-keywords that redirect searches to other sites
!w - wikipedia
!g - if you want to be a heretic
!aur - the AUR lol
!gh - github
!wa - wolfram alpha

so to search wikipedia for the article on crabs you type
!w crab

if you set ddg as yr default search you can jump to literally all of the webbed site searches with minimal keystrokes :blobcat:

!ddg to bypass any fuzzy "oh did you mean instead of searching for whatyoutypedin" logic

@haskal There are even localized variants, like !gfr for the French version of Google, or !wfr for the French version of Wikipedia.

And my favourite : !gtfr for Google Translate from [detected language] to French (works with !gten, !gtde, etc).

@haskal !i leads to the ddg image search
!w leads to wikipedia, i.e. !wde for
!debpack for the Debian repos
!yt for YouTube

@haskal you can also set up your favourite ones within your web browser so you can type `w crab` without having to go through ddg

@haskal They call them "bangs" :) And it is the feature I use the most for now :D

@haskal Well this relies on ddg, your browser can likely do the same with SmartBookmarks / search keywords, I know mozilla-based browsers has them (which it inherited from Netscape) and same goes for most webkit-derived ones.

@lanodan @haskal Whoa, wait. *earperks* WebKit does this? How? That'd be really nice on mobile Safari!

@IceWolf @haskal Nah, the interface arround WebKit does and well… Safari is probably one of the worst WebKit browser.

@haskal Some of my favourite #DdgBangs:

!w Wikipedia
!worldcat Worldcat union library catalogue
!hn Hacker News
!ngram Google Ngram Viewer
!trends Google Trends
!wikisource Wikisource
!dict and !define: dictionaries
!etym Online Etymological Dictionary
!noaa Weather
!se Stack Exchange
!twitter Birbshite
!ud Urban Dictionary

There are *thousands*.

!bang <term> to search bangs.

All from the navbar as DDG is my default search engine.

#ddg #DuckDuckGo




@haskal I'm sure you already know this, but adding it to the thread because it's another fun thing that duckduckgo does:

Do a search for:

roll d7


do a search for like
qr code of hello world
md5 sum duckduckgo is the best
unicode u+0ca0

@haskal found out by accident you can also do a ddg version of "I'm feeling lucky" with just ! and a space before your search term

@haskal if ddg searching wasn't so bad I'd be a billion percent sold on it

@haskal oh, neat! i knew about the !g one but not the others. thanks!

@haskal !ducky for I'm feeling lucky, it doesn't work all the time but often works

@haskal plus you can ask and they will add your search too. We did that for :chicken: scheme

@haskal to 'google something' was replace by the term 'to duck something' in the bubble i live in

@haskal This is my favorite thing about ddg. Lets face it, they do the bare minimum tracking they are required to do in US at the very least and there could be fisa court orders for their data we may never know about, so the we don't track you thing probably isn't true, but I appreciate that the have a JavaScript free page. Its got solid features, so what more can you really ask of a US based company?

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