Ask.Moe is a European non-profit, free and open-source software, privacy-focused search engine.
Our mission is to build and promote software that respect people's privacy.
We greatly appreciate contributions, and there are many ways you might be able to donate time and resources to support our mission.
Ask.Moe needs beautiful and recognizable branding, similar to DuckDuckGo. The logo will be displayed on all pages, as well as the favicon, so it should look good in any size.
The logo should be cute and represent intelligence, trust, and/or privacy. It would also be great if it could be used to raise awareness to a humanitarian/anthropomorphism cause, such as overfishing. A simplistic design would be ideal, as it would allow us to more easily create comics and whatnot.
It could be an owl, octopus, elephant, or a geeky red-haired kid with freckles.
For now we are using a logo made by Freepik. I've found a very talented designer that I'd like to use for the future logo, but he's charging $850+ (which is totally fair for the quality of his work) so I'm waiting until the project becomes a bit more popular and/or profitable.
We are currently in need of proxies that we can rotate between to avoid being blocked by other search engines. The proxies will also be used to scrape other websites.
The website is currently hosted on a cheap Scaleway instance, and in its current state it should be no problem to handle millions of users (assuming we don't get blocked by the other search engines). However, we want Ask.Moe to do more than simply proxying other search engines' data, and for this we need more beefy servers.
We need help crawling data and building privacy-focused software. This could be file hosting/sharing, quiz makers, flashcards, food recipes, etc.
It would also be great to support ActivityPub.
If you have access to any kind of high quality data then we would love to hear from you. It could be related to sports, gaming, music, travel, or anything else you think might interest us.
We would also love to hear from you if you are running some kind of SaaS that you think might interest us, or if you work for one of the major search engines and appreciate our privacy-focused efforts.
We believe Ask.Moe can becomme self-sustainable through affiliate links. However, there is still a long way to go before we get there. You can help speed up the process by donating, which will help us expand and improve our proxy network, and collect and maintain data for our category-specific search engines.