I don't know why it's not on meta.stackexchange, but there's a post on meta SO explaining that there will be new guidelines for contributors starting January 1, 2016. Figured it's relevant here.

Starting Jan 1, 2016, contributions across the network will be licensed to the public under the following terms:

  • Non-code contributions will continue to be available for use under the terms of CC-BY-SA
  • Code contributions will be available for use under the terms of the MIT License
  • You don’t have to include the full MIT License in your code base. Contributors agree to give code users permission to ignore the MIT License’s notice preservation requirement, as long as users give reasonable attribution upon request of the copyright holder (or Stack Overflow on behalf of the contributor). This optional exception to the MIT License will live in our terms of service.


What about other sites in the Stack Exchange network?

These terms will go into effect for all code posted after Jan. 1 on all sites in the Stack Exchange network.

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    Could anyone explain in an answer what this means for the average user or should we take this to Law? Perhaps Open Source will take it as well, they like licensing there.
    – Mast
    Dec 16, 2015 at 18:23
  • I'm hoping there's some clarification in the meta SO thread. Dec 16, 2015 at 18:24
  • The announcement post has now been migrated to Meta SE.
    – TRiG
    Dec 16, 2015 at 21:13
  • @Mast You're more than welcome to ask questions at Open Source. In fact, we've already started to see some.
    – Zizouz212
    Dec 16, 2015 at 23:00


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