In germany a Stackoverflow-like site was created, that is very, very similar to Stackoverflow in the mechanics of reputation and badges etc. That is so similar, that I think they could use the same software. Did you sell it to them? Or are they using a very similar clone-software? The Community I have in mind is Codekicker.

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    When in doubt, check this list: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2267/so-clones
    – random
    Sep 8, 2009 at 9:24
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    Nein. Sep 8, 2009 at 9:29
  • @Jarrod: Improving your German ;) Sep 8, 2009 at 9:31
  • My German's a little better than I thought. I can actually follow some of those questions. I guess it helps that a lot of the keywords/technologies are still listed in English. Sep 8, 2009 at 15:28
  • Also: I've seen Russian, Chinese, and now German clones. What's next? Japanese? Indian? Sep 8, 2009 at 15:28
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    Anne McCaffrey fan, I take it? Sep 8, 2009 at 15:32
  • At least I like some of the books.
    – Mnementh
    Sep 8, 2009 at 22:34

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It's a shame that they don't even mention where they have the idea from. Wouldn't make the site any worse to admit that the idea comes from Stack Overflow—and as it seems, they copied basically everything (except that you only need 250 rep for editing other people's answers). The only results for

stack overflow site:codekicker.de

in Google (this includes the blog) is a something about a "real" stack overflow, and this question from yesterday. Here's my translation for the non-Germans:

Why would you clone stackoverflow.com so blatantly?

— without mentioning the one who came up with your "features" anywhere with a "thank you"...

Take a look at cnprog.com, I hope you're going to share their fate :-)

This is the answer by one of the developers:

Thank you for taking part* in our project ;-) Feel free to express your opinion exhaustively on our feedback site**. You can reach me by mail or phone throughout this day.

Greets, Marvin

* you could also translate this as "Thank you for your condolences concerning our project", this ambiguity is likely intentional.

** They're acually using uservoice as their feedback site. As an answer to the SO similarity question, the admin basically claims that they see themselves as an addition to SO for German speaking users. Quote:

As far as site design and features go, we hope to even do some things better than our [guides / idols]. Do you like the home page?

Nothing wrong with what they're doing, but I don't get why they don't really acknowledge SO publicly.

Oh well...

  • Nothing legally wrong. But they'll be going to hell for that.
    – innaM
    Sep 8, 2009 at 16:20
  • At least they would if there was something like hell. But you know what I mean.
    – innaM
    Sep 8, 2009 at 16:22
  • If there's no hell, hopefully there's at least karma, and then hopefully there's "What goes around comes around".
    – DanR
    Sep 9, 2009 at 3:31
  • Thanks for that uplifting comment, DanR. When I read the answers on the linked question, I'm sure you're right. codekicker seems to be full of idiots.
    – innaM
    Sep 9, 2009 at 8:58

It's a clone as per this answer. It was one of the first if I am not mistaken.


There seems to be some crossover as well. See these two questions:

SO: What means the error-message ‘java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: GC overhead limit exceeded’ in Java?

codecicker: Was bedeutet 'GC overhead limit exceeded' bei Java?

EDIT: on further examination of the posts, I guess you would know that ;)

  • Yes I try out both communities. Stackoverflow worked much better in this case.
    – Mnementh
    Sep 8, 2009 at 12:44
  • The "What means" grammar uses a more "german" ordering, so it's likely it was asked on the german site in the first place. What would be interesting is if one of these clone sites tried to automatically translate and post new questions to SO on behalf of their users, and then clone answers back. That could get tiresome (though easy enough to block, I suppose). Sep 8, 2009 at 15:32
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    @Joel Coehoorn: The edit and the first comment explain it all: It's the same asker. Also the same as the OP on this very question.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Sep 8, 2009 at 15:38
  • Yes. And I'm not sure, that I posted it first at codekicker. German grammar I use all the time in my english - as I'm a native german speaker. Sorry for my bad english.
    – Mnementh
    Sep 8, 2009 at 22:36

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