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Recently I have been seeing changes to MSDN's Social Q&A site - like the introduction of badges and medals - which make it look similar to Stack Overflow.

Are they using Stack Overflow's APIs or just copying the features?

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I'll go out on a limb and say they are not using SO's API's. Copying successful features from other products? Yeah, that's their ammo. –  LarsTech Jan 4 '12 at 3:24
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@LarsTech [pedant] That's their M.O. == Modus Operandi. [/pedant] –  Jacob G Jan 4 '12 at 4:18
    
@JacobG Perhaps LarsTech really meant "that's their ammunition" (ammo is short for ammunition). Made sense to me =) –  jadarnel27 Jan 4 '12 at 4:32
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FWIW I think it looks like crap. –  NullUserException อ_อ Jan 4 '12 at 5:12
    
@JacobG Yes, their M.O. Too late to edit, though. –  LarsTech Jan 4 '12 at 13:03
    
Gamification through medals and badges are hardly unique to SO... –  JNK Jan 4 '12 at 13:36
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Are they using SO's APIs or just copying the features?

They are not using our API for any of this stuff.

Is msdn copying stack exchange's profile idea to it's forums?

I would not call it a copy, they ported a few ideas (imho very poorly) to the forum.

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