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Creating an internal stack exchange for proprietary questions?

Is there a way to use the Stack Exchange engine as a forum for a personal website? Like, virtually to have a separate database and the authenticated users of the website would be able to ask and answer questions.

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marked as duplicate by Pops, juanformoso, Mark Trapp, jonsca, ChrisF Sep 13 '11 at 11:46

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They don't licence their software anymore. – Matthew Read Sep 12 '11 at 17:12
I should point out that the accepted answer to the duplicate I suggested is technically wrong. There is a private version of SE, but it's only offered to massive organizations. Like, Microsoft-sized. So, unless your personal website is Google, the answer is no. (If it is Google, hi Larry's sockpuppet or Sergey's sockpuppet!) – Pops Sep 12 '11 at 20:26

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Area 51, the Stack Exchange Network staging zone, has a FAQ and it touches upon this:

Do you offer "white-label" or subscription hosting for Stack Exchange sites?

Unfortunately, we no longer offer a subscription service or license the software to host Stack Exchange sites. Stack Exchange sites can only be created via the democratic, community-driven process at Area 51. We offer neither “white-label” services, nor the ability to bypass Area 51 to create sites through partnerships.

Can I use Stack Exchange to support my product?

Stack Exchange does not offer a private label service for owning a Q&A site. You are free to create an expert Q&A site in your area of expertise. There is a lot of visibility and credibility to becoming a central figure in an expert community, but Stack Exchange is a product for the Internet community at large, not for corporations or individuals.

Regarding your specific question: it depends. Is your personal website dedicated to a topic that isn't already encompassed by a StackExchange site and would benefit from a Q&A site dedicated to the topic? If so, feel free to propose a site by clicking on the appropriate category on the left site of Area 51 and then 'Propose a new [category] site' near the bottom.

The users of your site would have to register their own StackExchange accounts, however.

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Stack Overflow is not a forum.

And no, you can't.

You can propose a new site on area51.

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A new site created through area51 would not be a "personal site" – juanformoso Sep 12 '11 at 17:53
@JuanManuel: sure it isn't. I never said it – genesis Sep 12 '11 at 17:55

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