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I would like to setup a Stack Overflow(ish) private instance for student projects at our university. Instead of letting students send their questions only to the supervisors of the projects, I would like them to share the questions with their fellow students also. The projects usually involve developing software using a variety of technologies. Running a private instance of Stack Overflow would seem ideal to me, since I can monitor what is going between students. Since this is not free and I have no budget for this... any other solutions are also welcome! Has there been any thought on using Stack Overflow in education and making this free?

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marked as duplicate by Peter Mortensen, Martijn Pieters, gnat, Aziz Shaikh, Tobias Kienzler Aug 26 '13 at 7:29

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The software engine used to run Stack Overflow is not generally available, but they have indicated they will consider licensing it on a cash by cash case by case basis.

If it can be open, and more generalized then you might consider proposing it at - if you get enough followers, and commitment, then they will create and host one for you, but it will be public.

There are alternatives to the stackoverflow engine which do much of the base functionality. Search for "stackoverflow clone" on Google and you'll find several that are ready to use.

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I love how Googling "Stackoverflow clone" points to Meta in the first hit. – Pëkka Jan 15 '11 at 0:29

Stackoverflow's setup is 100 times better than the discussion board system at my university. It would be could if you could integrate a School's page into the website. everything would be public, but instructors and students would be labeled and could be notified about each other's activity...

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My thoughts on this:… – Shog9 Mar 12 '12 at 3:48

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