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Is the software on which Stack Exchange is based available so you can set up your own, private SE-like site? Or is there other software available to set up a similar site?

I would like to propose setting up a SE-like internal site at my work place, as a way of documenting the company's software frameworks, workflow practices and so. I think focusing on concrete questions will be more light-weight than writing full-blown documentation; but I also think some software is needed to manage things better than what's possible with mailing lists or a plain wiki.

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marked as duplicate by Ben Brocka, Martijn Pieters, Bo Persson, animuson, ЯegDwight Mar 14 '13 at 23:43

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AFAIK, SO doesn't offer this except for huge companies with really huge budgets. Take a look at the list of clones: – Pëkka Mar 17 '11 at 17:59
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Unfortunately, we no longer offer a subscription service nor license the software to host your own Stack Exchange sites. Stack Exchange does not offer a private label service for owning a Q&A site. Sites can only be created via the democratic, community-driven process at Area 51. You can read more about that process here:

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+1 (but that's sad) – Dunaril Jan 31 '12 at 12:07
As for "...nor license the software to host your own Stack Exchange sites" and "Sites can only be created via...": if Brandon's answer to this very question is correct, then maybe we should add that BIG corporations might still buy a license for internal use? See also Are there going to be public details about the enterprise version of SE? – Arjan Mar 2 '13 at 15:23

I was disappointed by the official answer so I kept googling around. You may be interested in this question that lists alternatives

Stack Overflow clones

This is also mentioned in the comments above by Pekka. I think this response deserves more visibility.

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You need to contact

There is a private, internal only option for running the Stack Exchange platform, but you need to be a large company or organization.

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I'm pretty sure this hasn't been possible since Stack Exchange 1.0 was shut down a year ago – Kyle Cronin Mar 17 '11 at 18:12
@Kyle, I know it wasn't possible after SE1.0 was shut down, but then it was brought back again in November. I have no idea if it is unavailable again, but see… – Brandon Mar 17 '11 at 18:13
ah, I was unaware of the change. it's certainly not advertised anywhere on the site. (p.s. I'm editing your post so I can remove my downvote) – Kyle Cronin Mar 17 '11 at 18:28
@KyleCronin Woah, that's a cool trick. Thanks. I've wanted to do that so often. – Lee Louviere Mar 14 '13 at 20:49

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