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Am I Allowed To Make a StackOverflow Clone?

Will I get sued if I create a website will almost similar functionalities (tags, vote up.down, related questions, badges) as Stack Overflow but for a different set of community (non-geek)?


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Yes. We will sue you.


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    I can't determine if this is humorous or not :( Commented Jul 29, 2009 at 4:32
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    Me neither. Seriously, Jeff.
    – Randell
    Commented Jul 29, 2009 at 4:34
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    @Ian, Randell: I'm not sure if it's humorous, but it's supposed to be a joke. Commented Jul 29, 2009 at 4:35
  • Ok, as long as I'm not the only one :) Commented Jul 29, 2009 at 4:36
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    A Joke? You think my use of a Nintendo Power Glove is not serious? Commented Jul 29, 2009 at 4:37
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    I actually had a Power Glove - biggest waste of money ever. Commented Jul 29, 2009 at 4:40
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    yes, but I use mine to sue people Commented Jul 29, 2009 at 4:44
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    I'll let you sue me if you wear it to court Commented Jul 29, 2009 at 5:17
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    Don't worry, it won't be too invasive, I don't think @Jeff wants to get his power glove dirty.
    – user50049
    Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 17:31
  • Here's a pretty close clone of the Power Glove© on today's Kids Woot!, I'm pretty sure Digital Blue should be sued too.
    – JGarrido
    Commented Jun 8, 2011 at 5:07
  • Always wondered what you would look like, Jeff.. And now I know. :)
    – GolezTrol
    Commented Jun 8, 2011 at 8:17
  • @golez actually that's the character "Lucas", this actor. imdb.com/name/nm0899092 Commented Jun 8, 2011 at 8:43
  • @GolezTrol Wait, so that's not Jeff in that picture? :P
    – Dynamic
    Commented May 29, 2012 at 10:31

Honestly, no. The functionality you've described has been done many times before, and no one owns the rights to any of it. If you make the site yourself you're good to go, provided you don't clone the site down to the CSS and HTML.

  • Agreed! As long as your site doesn't simply scrape the StackExchange network for your site's profit, a huge frustration mentioned many times before by Jeff & others. Come up with a couple of extra features that make your site original. There are already several non-geek StackExchange sites available (scroll down to the bottom).
    – Kaleb F.
    Commented Jun 8, 2011 at 4:50

Jeff et al. have the final word on this, but I seem to remember reading that the answer was no. There are already a few clones out there:

  • Cool just checked out CNProg.com after awhile I figured out it was in another lang. pretty close clone. Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 2:38

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