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Integrating !bang-functionality #28

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TheRadialActive opened this Issue Jan 18, 2014 · 11 comments

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TheRadialActive commented Jan 18, 2014

I would like to see a very nice feature of duckduckgo in searx: Using !bang (like "!youtube" or "!osm" in the search field) to look for a string on a specific platform, not only on categories.

Maybe later there is a way to write plugins for searx like duckduckgo has "goodies": https://duckduckgo.com/goodies

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asciimoo commented Jan 18, 2014

use -[search_engine_name] <search terms> syntax to search with a specific engine e.g.: -youtube python

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TheRadialActive commented Jan 30, 2014

Maybe we could add "shortcuts" to these engines, like "-yt" for YouTube. So I don't have to look up, how the search engine is named and just use it more user friendly. We could also add a page with a list of possible search engines.

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asciimoo commented Jan 31, 2014

yap, good idea

there is already an engine list: https://searx.0x2a.tk/engines in a very experimental state

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TheRadialActive commented Jan 31, 2014

(I'm sorry, that so many things I demanded are already in searx. I didn't find any other documentation about it. So maybe the wiki should be used for an introduction to the features of searx.)

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asciimoo commented Jan 31, 2014

!bang functionality updated
using ! instead of - as prefix
works with engines, engine shortcuts (see: https://0x2a.tk/preferences ) and categories as well

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asciimoo commented Jan 31, 2014

and yes, a proper documentation would be necessary

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Fironet commented Oct 7, 2016

Oh, the shortcuts are activated prefixing !. Couldn't find this mentioned anywhere on the site and had been trying to activate them in various combinations. I rarely use DDG so it didn't occur to me.

@dalf dalf reopened this Oct 7, 2016

@dalf dalf added doc and removed enhancement labels Oct 7, 2016

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kvch commented Oct 8, 2016

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dalf commented Oct 8, 2016

oups, right !

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Fironet commented Oct 8, 2016

@kvch Thanks for the link. Problem I found is it's not mentioned on the searx.me site. Neither the About page links to it, nor the Preferences. For one of the main features it's not clear where the user would discover how to use it from looking at the site.

Something as simple as prefixing the shortcuts with ! or putting an (i) circle tooltip beside the Shortcuts column, or perhaps in small grey text below the Preferences would be enough to explain it briefly.

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dalf commented Oct 8, 2016

The /about page should be updated : it is too technical compare to what a normal user expect.
I think it should embedded some documentation about the syntax and gives some links to https://asciimoo.github.io/searx/

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