Are there any examples of users meeting on Stack Exchange (more specifically Stack Overflow) that lead to a successful project collaboration? Maybe even a publicly known project the rest of us have heard of?

Is there a platform for this here? Other than first connecting being through comments and chats, does Stack Exchange facilitate any sort of a crowdsourcing platform?

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    This may be possibly related Commented Nov 17, 2017 at 21:11
  • @JakeSymons Really? Jeez, that takes some good piece of imagination from your side or a viciously poor formulation from my side.
    – niCk cAMel
    Commented Nov 17, 2017 at 21:46
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    You write "Does it exist a platform for it here.. " so "Is Stack Overflow a Collaborative or Cooperative platform?" does appear to be related to that
    – user315433
    Commented Nov 17, 2017 at 22:43
  • @6'whitemale Ok, related. Good job in finding the related link. Any input on other, more important, questions in the question?
    – niCk cAMel
    Commented Nov 17, 2017 at 22:55
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    I've accidentally inspired a few pieces of FOSS software, does that count? ;p Commented Nov 18, 2017 at 1:49
  • @JourneymanGeek haha exactly. But do you get rep royalty? :-P
    – niCk cAMel
    Commented Nov 18, 2017 at 21:05

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Sure. There's an entire Stack Exchange site devoted to it, if I understand what you're talking about.

Stack Apps is a place for users to create apps that utilize the Stack Exchange API to make scripts to help users do Stack Exchange. Many of the projects there are collaborative.

But, the best example, though still Stack Exchange related would be Charcoal and Smoke Detector. In an effort to combat spam on the SE network, a group of users are working together to automatically detect and flag spam posts. They're even getting some general notoriety, taking part in this keynote by Tanmay Bakshi at the Open Source Summit.

I'm sure there are other similar examples, even ones that don't relate to SE specifically, though I don't know of them off the top of my head.

  • Great answer. Though I was specifically looking for SE unrelated projects.
    – niCk cAMel
    Commented Nov 18, 2017 at 21:07

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