I just wanted to give a heads up that DuckDuckGo now has “!bangs” for all MusicBrainz entities and everything else the search in the upper-right corner of the site covers:
!mb<entity> searches through "entity"s using the same terms the search box, so e.g., !mbdoc will search documentation, !mbannotation will search annotations, !mbeditor will search editors, etc. Look at the link before for the full list.
Quite some time before you posted this, I was thinking of you @freso because the !mb artist search (I don’t know if you can add artist in that description page you linked), that has been ending on the http site.
Knowing how much you love https, I was wondering if one day, you would make something to change that, and how.
Note that I don’t have any more access to edit the DDG !bangs than you do. Second, I think it’s fine that the default actions are the same as the default actions with the website search. Powerusers can set up custom search engines directly in their browser (well, at least on Firefox and Chrome/Chromium) for the advanced searches.
I was thinking about this again and I would like to add some advanced MB serach bangs as !ambr for advanced MB release search as it’s the one I always use advanced search for.
I mean, I always type in my browser !mbr catno:WPCL-11496 (or d catno:WPCL-11496 !mbr, as putting catno: at the beginning makes browser think it’s a protocl like http:) then I have to double‐click that “Indexed search with advanced query syntax” radio button, which is an extra mouse step for me.
Do you guys think !ambr is good? In the same fashion someone could consistently add other advanced bangs by prefixing with that a as I would like to start with only the releases for now.
I think it’s good with trailing “a”, but it could maybe mix up badly with preceding characters…
What do you think of adding a plus sign “+” at the end, like !mb+ for advanced artist search and !mbw+ for works and !mbseries+ for serires?
I see there are already !bangs with plus sign like !g+, so it is technically possible.
MusicBrainz also has the ability to be added as a search engine to your browser (for example in Firefox by right clicking on the address bar), so you can search directly on MusicBrainz without going through an intermediary.
It only exposes the basic artist, release, label, and recording searches right now, but I think it could support the advanced syntax and other entities as well.