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I was just wondering, is there a project like this?

Maybe there is but I didn't hear about it.

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What do you think about that?

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For those of us not in the know of the terminology, it wouldn't hurt to explain what a Social Responsibility Project is, without requiring us to seek external reference material ourselves. –  Grace Note May 25 '11 at 12:22
    
What relevance does the image have? –  ChrisF May 25 '11 at 12:49
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@ChrisF It makes an unclear, short question appear to have more importance and weight than is warranted. –  Adam Davis May 25 '11 at 12:59
    
@ChrisF: On SE, it reminds me of Ubuntu's logo. I'm pretty sure that's not what the OP had in mind, though. –  Piskvor May 25 '11 at 13:15
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The guy to the left looks distinctly Vulcan to me. It's an off-worlder conspiracy! Out with off-worlders! –  Pëkka May 25 '11 at 13:22

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From Wikipedia:

Social responsibility is an ethical ideology or theory that an entity, be it an organization or individual, has an obligation to act to benefit society at large.

Stack Exchange Inc (SEI), in and of itself, can be considered a social responsibility project. The site not only provides a place for people to get answers, it does so without charge, and even goes so far as to give away, via creative commons, the data that is collected from its users.

The mechanisms SEI uses to encourage users to contribute their time and effort for free end up encouraging users to provide a wealth of information to the world.

In a sense, Stack Exchange provides a place for people to fulfill their individual social responsibility, and does so in a manner that people want to contribute to this global knowledge store.

So not only does Stack Exchange fulfill its social responsibility, it gets individuals to fulfill theirs.

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@balpha that would be worth an answer on its own IMO –  Pëkka May 25 '11 at 13:21

As pointed out by @balpha in the comments, they have made donations to several charity and Open Source projects in the past.

they also sponsor the Bad Code offsets project if you count that as a "social responsibility project".

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"Gives Back" implies they are taking away something in the first place. Makes me puke a little in my mouf. –  Won't May 25 '11 at 14:10
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@Won Oh, they are taking something away alright. Productive working hours /me sobs silently –  Adam Davis May 25 '11 at 16:32

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