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Is there a way to use the Stack Exchange engine as a forum for a personal website?

Like, virtually to have a separate database and the authenticated users of the website would be able to ask and answer questions.

  • I should point out that the accepted answer to the duplicate I suggested is technically wrong. There is a private version of SE, but it's only offered to massive organizations. Like, Microsoft-sized. So, unless your personal website is Google, the answer is no. (If it is Google, hi Larry's sockpuppet or Sergey's sockpuppet!)
    – Pops
    Sep 12, 2011 at 20:26

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Stack Overflow Enterprise is available for internal use, but it is really meant for larger organizations only.

For personal public sites, Area 51, the Stack Exchange Network staging zone, has a FAQ and it touches upon this:

Can I use Stack Exchange to support my product?

Stack Exchange does not offer a private label service for owning a Q&A site. You are free to create an expert Q&A site in your area of expertise. There is a lot of visibility and credibility to becoming a central figure in an expert community, but Stack Exchange is a product for the Internet community at large, not for corporations or individuals.

Regarding your specific question: it depends. Is your personal website dedicated to a topic that isn't already encompassed by a StackExchange site and would benefit from a Q&A site dedicated to the topic? If so, feel free to propose a site by clicking on the appropriate category on the left site of Area 51 and then 'Propose a new [category] site' near the bottom.

The users of your site would have to register their own StackExchange accounts, however.


Stack Overflow is not a forum.

And no, you can't.

You can propose a new site on area51.

  • A new site created through area51 would not be a "personal site"
    – juan
    Sep 12, 2011 at 17:53
  • @JuanManuel: sure it isn't. I never said it
    – genesis
    Sep 12, 2011 at 17:55

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