Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2012 14:01 UTC
Google Yesterday, I wanted to leave a link to a search query in a Facebook comment. Then this happened. Please Google, fix your damn query URLs. This is unusable, user-hostile crap.
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Clarifications needed?
by Alfman on Wed 18th Apr 2012 15:12 UTC
Alfman
Member since:
2011-01-28

Thom Holwerda,

When I search from duck duck go's engine, I get urls like this:

http://duckduckgo.com/?t=lm&q=popcorn

Which is obviously better than google's monstrosity, however it suggests that you might have edited the duckduckgo.com url yourself, in which case you should have given google the same benefit. The following works fine for example:


http://www.google.com/#q=popcorn


Doing the same queries from the firefox search box yielded these for me:
http://duckduckgo.com/?t=lm&q=popcorn
http://www.google.com/search?q=popcorn

So my question is: did you edit the duck duck go url by hand? If not where did you get it from?

* Side note:
I don't particularly like google's use of anchor tags to pass information to a webpage because it's a fundamentally flawed use of URLs. For instance, try opening google's achor URL with javascript disabled and it will not work. The reason they probably do it is to work around a browser limitation when updating the URL and using AJAX, but it's certainly a bad design.

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RE: Clarifications needed?
by joehms22 on Wed 18th Apr 2012 15:30 in reply to "Clarifications needed?"
joehms22 Member since:
2011-08-01

My duckduckgo just leaves a ?q= param, looks like the &t= comes from when ddg is integrated in software to track user base coming from that particular place.

Good to see you're actually using it though. ;)

http://help.duckduckgo.com/customer/portal/articles/448610--t-

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RE[2]: Clarifications needed?
by Alfman on Wed 18th Apr 2012 15:41 in reply to "RE: Clarifications needed?"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

joehms22,

Well that was a good catch!

It is a Linux Mint customization, and though it hadn't occurred to me, this is how the Linux Mint project gets to profit share from it's users searches.

I guess anyone clicking on my earlier link and then clicking on ads might well contribute ad proceeds to Linux Mint!

Thom, you need to get this profit sharing arrangement for osnews! (...not that I personally click on ads)
duckduckgo.com/?t=osn&q=popcorn

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RE: Clarifications needed?
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2012 15:39 in reply to "Clarifications needed?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I did not edit the URLs in any way.

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