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.