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NB The following is a community-generated list of websites that republish Stack Exchange content without attributing it properly. It is no longer being maintained, because the procedure for reporting such sites has changed; see the duplicate for more information.

There are a number of license-violating clones of Stack Exchange sites popping up that use Stack Exchange's CC-wiki data without following our Creative Commons attribution terms. Those terms are linked at the bottom of every Stack Exchange webpage, and are also included as a .txt file in every data dump we produce.


Google now has a form for reporting content copiers that appear above the originals in search results.

Also, you can block unwanted sites from appearing in Google search from the search page itself:

The option to block a site appears when you click a search result and then navigate back to the search results page. Click the "Block" link next to that result to block all pages within the site's entire domain.


This post was created as an attempt to organize information originally posted in this answer. You may also be looking for the post for reporting copycat sites that outrank Stack Exchange in search results.

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I have never seen the CAPTCHA page as often as I did when I was adding the existing 40 or so answers to this question. –  Pops May 8 '12 at 20:20
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That is because you pasted. Try typing... Like a real person :) –  Jeff Atwood May 12 '12 at 15:20
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...yeeeeahhhh, I prefer the CAPTCHAs. –  Pops May 12 '12 at 21:17
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@JeffAtwood I would put a poison pill question(s) that only those APIs presented so that you could automatically re-scrap via Google and easily find infringing sites. Much like cartographers do on physical maps by putting fake locations or markers to easily spot copies. The thieves would never know what to look for and you could easily make this an automated process. –  Jarrod Roberson Jul 14 '12 at 6:04
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@Jeff is this handled at some level? Can we know which sites were reported and closed? –  Shadow Wizard Aug 8 '12 at 10:58
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@ShaWizDowArd I don't have a handy list of sites that have been dealt with, but we do monitor this thread and contact offenders. This post isn't just a black hole. :) –  Anna Lear Aug 31 '12 at 22:25
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Is there a reason the original list of offenders was split into countless posts over multiple pages? Giving it its own topic, sure, but splitting into individual answers just makes searching for existing entries a PITA and invites duplicates. –  Daniel Beck May 27 '13 at 8:49
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@AnnaLear The RNQA site seems to still be going strong; here’s an ELU meta post about them scraping content from ELU. If there is anything more we can do, please let us know and we would be glad to pitch in in any way we can. Thanks. –  tchrist Aug 4 '13 at 20:14
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answerleaks.com

  • Missing attribution of answers (example here: http://meta.superuser.com/questions/3555/can-we-do-something-about-sites-copying-content-from-super-user-redux)
  • nofollow in footer links to Stack Exchange sites (but regular links to the site otherwise)
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jqpoint.com

  • links back to the Stack Exchange question, but nofollow
  • no asker or answerer attrib
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cjavaphp.com

  • Does not attribute to SO (no mention found even in html source)
  • No links back to profile for users
  • Does not link to original question
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www.windowslinuxosx.com

Scrapes content from Super User (at least). The name and avatar of the author appears next to each post, but there is never any mention of Super User, any link back to posts of user pages, or any indication that the content is not original.

Example: http://www.windowslinuxosx.com/q/answers-why-cant-old-pcs-view-modern-sites-628179.htmlWhy can't old PCs view modern sites?

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"Acidmanic.Somee"

Sample scraped question from Mi Yodeya: http://acidmanic.somee.com/surf/surf.aspx?dec=1&url=uh4QwdELmSFRtgfFwSQKwT47sSJByg0EsqVDt5V9vSQLwrpBwT4FvSVPmPAN0dsLxS7VmqBPmqBQmqVBsSpPwSfOy5RQvOR7wSIJs5ROsqj8u3==B6X!

Copies the boilerplate including the CC-SA notice, but contains no links back to the site and no attribution in plain text.

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"TinyMoviez.org" + something in Arabic that I can't read.

Scrape of Mi Yodeya front page, no links back to SE or attribution: http://s3.tinysub.org/sub/browse.php?u=Oi8vanVkYWlzbS5zdGFja2V4Y2hhbmdlLmNvbQ%3D%3D&b=0

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digresource.com

Examples:

  1. http://digresource.com/encouraging-users-to-be-more-specific-about-tool-or-server-versions-228135.html is a copy of Encouraging users to be more specific about tool or server versions - Meta
  2. http://digresource.com/mac-mini-for-software-development-213747.html is a copy of mac mini for software development - Ask Differnt
  3. http://digresource.com/why-are-tasks-in-microsoft-project-turned-red-86412.html is a copy of Why are tasks in Microsoft Project turned red? - Super User
  4. http://digresource.com/how-to-restore-etcservices-205858.html is a copy of How to restore /etc/services? - Ask Ubuntu
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