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Obviously StackOverflow (and the rest of paltry gang of 4) is very successful in IT. I wonder if their concept can be taken to a non-technical communities, and perhaps replace Yahoo! Answers or at least compete with them?

What do you guys think about it?

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There's probably about 10 questions that already ask this exact question, or have it answered somewhere inside them. meta.stackoverflow.com/search?q=yahoo+answers –  Ian Elliott Jul 15 '09 at 21:35
    
thanks, I will check it out –  Sasha Jul 15 '09 at 21:37

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For this very reason Fog Creek have developed the StackExchange Framework to allow for you and others to create their own StackOverflow-style website.

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true, but what about competing on the web instead of a product you have to pay for? –  Sasha Jul 15 '09 at 21:38
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@Sasha: Where exactly do you suppose the StackExchange websites will exist? –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 15 '09 at 21:41
    
It will NOT be free, at least not after 45 days :( –  Sasha Jul 15 '09 at 21:46
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I don't understand what you're getting at. Yahoo! Answers hosting surely isn't free either. Yahoo! pays for the servers, the service is still free to end users. –  Ian Elliott Jul 15 '09 at 22:07

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