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I came across this site today - http://www.debugging.com/

It is remarkably similar to SO. It doesn't appear to be pulling any information from SO but I guess I wanted to highlight it.

The best part is in the About section:

Debugging strives to be the best Programming Q & A community, period.

Talk about missing the boat! I think he may be a touch late on that one.

Does someone need to send the Ninjas round?

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Wow that site looks really bad at least in Chrome. – Nick Craver Oct 29 '10 at 19:20

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As long as they're not stealing content, I don't think they're actually doing anything wrong..

They're also already known to be a copycat site, they are listed in the SO Clones question.

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I can tell you that it does not take any content from SO. Though it appears to look similar on the surface, it is not. I used to be an active member of that community. Considering it only had a handful of knowledgeable active members, it was slow. The functionality of the site in general was lacking too. When I found SO, that's when I move here.

It was formerly CSharpFriends.com until the owner redesigned the UI and migrated over to the new site. IIRC, it was a school project went live. Don't be fooled by the dates on the old site. It predates SO starting up in 2003-2004.

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Tags, the UI design, that pre-date SO too? :) – Nick Craver Oct 29 '10 at 19:22
@Nick: From the redesign, no. SO definitely influenced the new design. The old site resembled PHPBB (or other similar forum software). As I understand it, it was all a learning experience building up both sites. Naturally it would be influenced by current popular sites. But all the content comes from real people (unfortunately, a lot looking for homework help). – Jeff Mercado Oct 29 '10 at 19:29

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