After popular pirate sites started disappearing from Google's top results, the same now appears to be happening at DuckDuckGo as well.

I recommend https://infinitysearch.co/ to anyone interested in al alternative, it is libre, privacy respecting and it is not a metasearch engine. They need help with development, also, so if anyone has some spare time you know what to do!

@SirLotsaLocks
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Also searx, which is self hosted and had a bit more customizability at the cost of being (ootb) more ugly

@je_vv
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Actually according to https://infinitysearch.co/about:

When you search on our site, we take results from other search engines and our own indexes, organize them, and display them directly to you without logging any identifiable information about you.

So it does some meta searching as well, like what Searx does. So I’m not sure why it was mentioned it wasn’t a metasearch engine, it looks it is, but with some indexes of its own. BTW, I always thought duckduckgo was a pure engine, and it does as well some meta searching through bing. On the other hand, it looks like a company behind it, is based on USA, whereas Searx has several instances out of USA, and you can still hos it yourself. One good thing about Searx, is that it allows you to add search engines beyond google, bing, duckduckgo and others, including some like nyaa, so it adds more to the searches to what google and others provide… Though infinitysearch looks more polished and provides a dark theme, which searx is urgently needing, :).

As I can’t host it myself, I’ve been exploring the searx.info instance…

@mikael
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BTW, I always thought duckduckgo was a pure engine, and it does as well some meta searching through bing.

So, they succeeded with marketing. The situation is exactly the opposite. It’s 99.99% rebranded Bing (and Yahoo and Yandex) with a slight touch of DuckDuckBot.

Yeah, all the search engines that are not the mainstreams are “meta-search engines”, what I meant is that it isn’t like Searx where the results come from at least 5 or 6 search engines. Their plan is to create their entire libre and open database, but is is hard to do so, so I think that’s also a point in favour. It also looks better aesthetically and I agree about self hosting, besides what I don’t like about Searx is that by default all instances are on safe search off, which I don’t like.

@je_vv
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Something else in the same https://infinitysearch.co/about:

Our service is funded by non-tracking advertisements, affiliate links, a pro version (in development), Coil members (they view no ads), and our search results API.

Which is also mentioned here, https://infinitysearch.co/why. Perhaps it will last longer than Searx, given its funding mechanisms, however I don’t really like advertisements, neither the existence of 2 versions for users, which might require more differentiation in the future. But definitely worth taking into account. For now I’m settling with Searx as mentioned. Thanks for the pointer.

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Travis Skaalgard
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I’ve been using DDG for a while now but this sort of thing will probably start me down the road to using something else. Any good searx instances?

@je_vv
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I’m trying https://searx.info, so far so good… You can see more instances in https://searx.space

Travis Skaalgard
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Is there a good android app for searx? I found one in the F-Droid store but it looks abandoned.

@je_vv
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Do you mean an android local instance of searx app? If so, no idea… But you can set Fennec (F-Droid) or any Firefox browser to use your preferred searx instance as the search engine. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/manage-my-default-search-engines-firefox-android#w_add-a-search-engine

Travis Skaalgard
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Not a local instance, lol. Just an app.

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🤔🤔🤔 hhmmmmmmmm

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@je_vv
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Not sure, but you can set some options to add more places to search, like nyaa, and perhaps some others that might be interesting for the specif subject of the writeup in the URL, so I would guess it would help, though not sure if enough as to say to avoid the censorship…

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