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I just found this russian question on StackOverflow: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/26711547/qt-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%BB%D1%83%D1%87%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%8C-%D1%87%D0%B0%D1%81%D1%82%D0%BE%D1%82%D1%83-%D0%B0%D1%83%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BE-%D1%84%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB%D0%B0

There was a comment from one user which just pointed out to use stackoverflow.ru, I was confused in the first moment I just know the english and the Portuguese site Stack Overflow em Português, however stackoverflow.ru redirecty to a total differnt site (hashcode.ru), so I think there is going something wrong. What do you think about it?

  • Comment gone, question closed. The meta effect strikes again. – John Dvorak Nov 3 '14 at 9:57
  • @JanDvorak that's true however that domain still exists. – rekire Nov 3 '14 at 9:58
  • I'm afraid this happens to plenty of sites... – John Dvorak Nov 3 '14 at 9:59
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The (now deleted) comment goes to www.stackoverflow.ru, which just returns an empty site.

stackoverflow.ru does indeed redirect to hashcode.ru, which is a Stack Overflow clone (one of many, all of which we are fine with, so long as they don't reuse our content, or, if they do, they also attribute it as we require).

The ownership and use of stackoverflow.ru could indeed be a problem.

Update: As Stack Exchange has acquired the owners of hashcode.ru and fully integrated that site into our network, we now own the stackoverflow.ru domain, and it redirects to our site.


As for the legal perspective of whether just anyone can use the name stackoverflow for a Q&A site for programmers? I am not a lawyer, but as far as I know, we don't hold a copyright / patent on the combination... and going to sue overseas for this... well... we have better ways to spend our time and money ;)

Now, I have not spoken to our lawyers about it, so could be off-base - these are simply my thoughts on the matter and I am not representing an official Stack Exchange stance.

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    Be sure to raise things like this with SE's lawyers. If you see another site doing programming Q&A and calling itself "Stack Overflow" and don't send them a cease-and-desist letter at the very least, my understanding is that that would mean you weren't defending your defacto trademark, which would invalidate it (make it impossible to defend in the future). Which SE may be fine with (I'd argue you shouldn't but...), but probably needs to make an actual decision about rather than something you slide into... (But IANAL either, and even if I were, I'm not your lawyer, so... :-) ) – T.J. Crowder Nov 3 '14 at 14:22
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    @T.J.Crowder - believe me, we do take it seriously. – Oded Nov 3 '14 at 14:55
  • Good good... :-) – T.J. Crowder Nov 3 '14 at 14:58

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