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I'm working on a clone of the Stack Exchange chat. Many of the UI aspects of the SE chat are cloned entirely. The back-end, I'm guessing, is very different.

While I don't, of course, use a single line of code from Stack Exchange, and I know there are no legal problems in what I'm doing, I want to know what the community, and indeed Stack Exchange itself, think about such a project. Are there any reactions to similar projects from the past that I could look at?

  • Note that I'm not trying to build another community. I couldn't ever hope of attracting the awesome people that visit SE, I am just working on the software, planning to release it under the GPL as soon as I've worked out the licensing of some of the dependencies.

    I might also (dual-) license the code to companies, if there's an opportunity. Can you also cite any community reactions to this kind of thing?

  • I'm not a disgruntled user! I visit SE every day, I'm a community moderator on Ask Ubuntu, and I don't hope to attract the same people who visit any of the SE sites or the SE chat.

This is what it looks like (WIP):

I don't want this question to be an opinion poll. If you could cite reliable references, that'd be fantastic.

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As someone who has tried this application, I have found that it works well and emulates enough of the chat.SE functionality that you could definitely use it for customer support, team collaboration, etc. – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Oct 5 '11 at 17:31
    
RE: not attracting users who "visit any of the SE sites or the SE chat." - it's too late for that, many of the Ask Ubuntu users have used it at one point or another, and will (probably) continue to. – James Oct 5 '11 at 17:31
    
You're not even the first to clone chat. A couple other users entered the Node Knockout competition recently with this: github.com/stackchat. I don't think it's officially blessed, but I know balpha was aware of it and much closer to "interested in helping" than "interested in filing a lawsuit." – Pops Oct 5 '11 at 17:40
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Prepare to be sued – balpha Oct 5 '11 at 17:51
    
No anonymous read-only? :( – John Oct 5 '11 at 17:51
    
As someone has wished for a long time for a SE chat clone, I thank you. SERIOUSLY looking forward to this. – tombull89 Oct 5 '11 at 18:55
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Did you ever release this? – Tim Post Jun 25 '12 at 12:44
    
Echoing the previous question, did you ever release this? – Andy Apr 8 '14 at 2:15
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@Andy Yes I did, here it is. – Stefano Palazzo Apr 8 '14 at 5:14

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