Leaving DuckDuckGo... sort of

06 Aug, 2022

This is a weird one. DDG has been my search engine of choice for a number of years, so I also used it as the search engine for this site (since it's statically generated). At some point over the last 3 (I think) months it stopped working - returning no results for any search criteria. Given Bing provides at least some percentage of DDG's content, I went digging in Bing's webmaster tools and found this...

bing webmaster tools - screenshot 1

(The inspected URL is known to Bing but has some issues which are preventing indexation)

There were a few errors reported but nothing that seems like a major issue (missing "description" meta, etc), and the indexation issue is even more confounding when you click on the Live Url and see...

bing webmaster tools - screenshot 2

(URL can be indexed by Bing)

I fixed some of the most egregious errors, tried getting it to re-index, but regardless, nothing is searchable in DDG...

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=tkinter+site%3Ajasonrbriggs.com&t=h_&ia=web

And nothing in Bing...

https://www.bing.com/search?q=tkinter+site%3Ajasonrbriggs.com

But it seems Google has no problem...

https://www.google.com/search?q=tkinter+site%3Ajasonrbriggs.com

As a consequence, I've re-pointed the site search at google search, until I can figure something else out (perhaps Lunr?), but for the moment it seems like I don't exist in my search engine of choice. Sigh.