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People advocate for DDG not because it's better search but because it's better for you. In the similar way that people advocate using free and open source software and not proprietary.

I get that and that's why I use it. But the 95% !g rate makes it a cargo cult exercise. DDG is our best option, but it's not even close to what it needs to be and that's probably because it's copying the biz model of the big guys but can't do well because of the restrictions that make it attractive as an idol. I suspect that if anything ever delivers on an open promise of web search it will operate very differently and may not show up in the next 5-10 years.

Except DDG is a for-profit company that is not open source - one which doesn't submit to third party audits or validate their privacy claims. As a small company, they don't have much to lose either if they did sell your data since they're essentially just a reskin of other search engines.

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