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Today I got an E-Mail from nukson.com about their new site. They claim to get my E-Mail ID from github. Then, I visited the site and found it a copy of stackoverflow.

So my question is: Is this site is a part of stackexchange or who owns it?

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    There are loads of copies of stack overflow, some legitimate, some without attribution Oct 3, 2013 at 7:44
  • @RichardTingle: I don't think that it scrapped content. Oct 3, 2013 at 7:46
  • @M.NightDemonbobby I was taking VarunAgw's word for it to an extent what the site actually is, clicking on links to dodgy websites isn't high on my priorities for the day Oct 3, 2013 at 7:47
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    nukson.com has no affiliation with Stack Exchange, and is not one of our sites. It appears to be a Q&A site for PHP programmers that (obviously) wants more users.
    – user50049
    Oct 3, 2013 at 7:48
  • @TimPost: Can you give me a hand? It seems like it scraps content, but it's...different: On nukson.com and on Stack Overflow. It looks like they're copying content by hand... Oct 3, 2013 at 7:50
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    @M.NightDemonbobby They do appear to be rewriting some content, but not the code snippets, this is getting sort of interesting.
    – user50049
    Oct 3, 2013 at 7:52
  • Yeah, I broke and had a look and found the same thing, content that says the same thing but in a slightly different way to stack overflow Oct 3, 2013 at 7:52
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    Brought this to the attention of our scraper department, even though they don't technically appear to be scraping, unless you count short snippets of code. I don't think there's anything actionable here, but I have made folks on our team aware of it.
    – user50049
    Oct 3, 2013 at 7:55
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    @TimPost: It looks like their mod is copying questions from Stack Overflow to get a higher search ranking or populate the site with questions or something. Pretty interesting, that's kinda new (compared to the 1:1 bot scrapers). Oct 3, 2013 at 7:57
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    stealing content, doesn't seem very moderatory, we need to send an email to..... O yeah, right Oct 3, 2013 at 8:01
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    @RichardTingle: "Stealing" is not correct, "violating copyright/license" is. Oct 3, 2013 at 8:02
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    Apparently there anyone can accept answers, no need of OP. The reputation history of the mod is an interesting read. Daniel Nelson accepted Eric Johnson answer on Dennis Peters question Clearing APC cache entries Oct 3, 2013 at 8:07
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    @Krishnabhadra That's actually the utility of these near copies of our engine. They try stuff that we probably wouldn't, albeit on a smaller scale, and we get to eat popcorn and watch how it goes.
    – user50049
    Oct 3, 2013 at 8:09
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    "Nukson the world's #1 question and answer PHP community" PHP is doomed Oct 3, 2013 at 8:12
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    Also, pro tip: if the page takes that long to load, it's not a Stack Exchange site.
    – nhinkle
    Oct 4, 2013 at 2:33

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Then, I visited the site and found it a copy of stackoverflow.

Not, it's not a copy. As it seems some users/mods are copying questions (maybe even answers) from Stack Overflow to populate the site with content and/or to get better searchmachine rankings, but most of the questions seem genuine. Tim Post already notified the appropriate department of Stack Exchange and they're looking into it.

So my question is: Is this site is a part of stackexchange or who owns it?

Partial whois output of the domain:

Domain Name: NUKSON.COM
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Updated Date: 2013-03-16 16:42:21
Creation Date: 2012-03-20 20:53:21
Registrar Expiration Date: 2014-03-20 20:53:21
Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Registrant Name: Miguel Angelo
[...]    
Name Server: NS1.NUKSON.COM
Name Server: NS2.NUKSON.COM

So no, not affiliated with Stack Exchange. They also run on a completely different system, despite that they removed all notices about the underlying engine, I'm 99% sure that they run on OSQA.

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  • It looks similar to stackoverflow site. How? Is it something like iframe?
    – Praveen
    Oct 3, 2013 at 7:48
  • @user1671639 No, they just duplicated some of our features and styles. There are many 'clones' of Stack Overflow that you can run on your own server. Look up OSQA, Question2answer, etc.
    – user50049
    Oct 3, 2013 at 7:50
  • @TimPost OSQA, Question2answer, etc never know that site like SE exists..
    – user219322
    Oct 3, 2013 at 7:53

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