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I love Stack Overflow, and I wish a vast profit to the people who created it.

But I worry about creating indispensible privately held repositories of knowledge.

Google appears to be going evil. Facebook appears to have been evil from the start.

What guarantees do we have that Stack Overflow won't become the same ghastly sort of thing?

Wikipedia appears to be staying good (apart from sticking those ads everywhere). I think mainly because everything it is can be easily copied and re-used by anyone else.

In the terminology of Free Software, can Stack Overflow be forked?

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This is marvelous. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 7 '12 at 12:54
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See this link on the footer of every page the data is not a "privately held repository of knowledge". –  ChrisF Feb 7 '12 at 13:00
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What is this I don't even –  jadarnel27 Feb 7 '12 at 13:41
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Almost +1 for thinking about the issue, but a clear -1 for not even trying to find out the facts first. –  Joachim Sauer Feb 7 '12 at 13:55
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Ads! Pay to view! Subscriptions! Blackmail against Unicorns and other cut-throat villany! This is StackOverflow (ran by Stack Exchange), so anything like that would go against their ethics and mission statement. –  tombull89 Feb 7 '12 at 13:59
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I always thought of Stack Overflow as Chaotic Good. –  David Feb 7 '12 at 14:17
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Two effing years you've been here, and you asked this on SO? –  Won't Feb 7 '12 at 14:57

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The site is owned by StackExchange Inc; but the data is under a creative commons license, thus is not privately-held at all! Hence preventing the whole evil repository thing.

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