Ask.Moe is a European non-profit, free and open-source software, privacy-focused search engine.
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You can also use your local clone with git send-email.


This codebase has been abandoned, at least for the foreseeable future.

I have no doubt that there is a need for a non-profit, privacy-focused, free and open source software search engine. However, to accomplish this then you either need to build a new index, or pay Google/Microsoft for (restricted) access to theirs. My financial situation makes both solutions impossible.

I tried to contact Microsoft about applying to their ad network that other search engines, such as DuckDuckGo and Ecosia, are using, but all my emails were ignored. Attempts at acquiring funding were also unsuccessful, which is not really surprising since it was impossible to properly promote the website when too much traffic would quickly bankrupt me.

I really love the domain name, and I don't want it to go to waste, which is why I've decided to start from scratch using Google's Custom Search Engine, which unfortunately offer little privacy protections and force me to use JavaScript, but for now it appears to be the only way to build a useful search engine on a limited budget.

I'm very grateful for those that have shown interest in the project, and I hope you will continue to support Ask.Moe's new path which will focus on turning profit into donations to reputable charities and non-profit organizations.