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I agree with most what the author has written, but like @Adda@lemmy.ml, I disagree with point #3. I’m not sure what their searching habits are, but DDG’s results have been consistently good for me thus far.

Something the author hasn’t mentioned that I do take issue with is that DDG is based in the US, which means it’s subject to US law. Hypothetically, if I had the luxury of choice of picking a centralized search provider, I would definitely pick one that is not based in one of the Five Eyes countries. All the tech in the world can’t help you if the government forces you to disclose your users’ data.

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I can only agree. The fact that the DDG team is US-based is by far the biggest issue I have with this search engine (or not exactly a search engine, according to the article). From what I know, even though I am sure I have awfully incomplete knowledge of this matter, nothing major happened due to this yet, but one can never be absolutely sure with what will come. For now, I will stick to DDG and probably just hope it will be alright for the time being. Presumably, will have to switch to something else someday though.

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Adda
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I shouldn’t have seen this, I really shouldn’t. I like DDG… and I don’t want to switch just yet. Ah, well, time to start looking for another one.

@geopoliticssuck
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There’s always yacy.net, decentralised and free software. The search results are pretty bad though but it at least exists.

@Danrobi
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Yep, YaCy indeed!

@Wxnzxn
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Yes, I have tried it out, and it’s a fun project, but the results are abysmal to be honest. It has a decently large index, actually, but search ranking especially seems just off to me. When I search “peertube” for example I will get very random results of people mentioning peertube first, and stuff I’d be more interested in - the official website and/or maybe the wikipedia article - as distant results.

Really, if they managed to fix up that (which, granted, is the most complex part of search engines), it could easily become a decent alternative for some stuff.

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@Wxnzxn
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Oh, wait, it’s clientside? I tried out an install on my server and I thought it was all serverside.

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@Wxnzxn
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Yeah, if you want to you can check it out at https://yacy.wxnzxn.xyz, it’s mostly for learning and testing purposes right now, but I am having fun letting the crawler index my favourite parts of the web.

Dessalines
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Searx is the only decent open source search engine I can think of.

@Wxnzxn
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I guess with meta search engines like that I can’t get the bitter taste out of my mouth that they will always rely on other services and ultimately depend on them and end up as “a worse variant of” X results-wise.

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Well, this sounds interesting to read about. Will go through the article when I have the time, but, as a day to day DDG user, I cannot say the search results are inappropriate or imprecise. Actually, I would say for most of my work, I find the results better than when using something like Google or others. Depends on the searched topics, but otherwise, I am very content with what I get. Sure though, DDG has its faults and it is not perfect at all. Will see what the author of the article has to say. Thanks for posting.

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@thelastxiaomiyicam
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exactly, whenever I’m fixing my linux problem … microsoft has to be blacklisted from SE

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