If an offer is made to buy Stack Overflow, will it be sold just like GitHub was?
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That's impossible to answer without a crystal ball; I mean, what's the offer? $2? Probably not; billions and billions? Probably.
But since we don't have a crystal ball... We'll have to rely on The Magic Eightball:
What Shog is trying to say in his answer is, that we just can't know since such things are not known or decided before they happen.
If a real and serious offer will be made, whoever controls SO in that time will have to think and decide what to do. We can't know when or who.
Why SO won't accept such an offer?
- Risk of changing its core policy of being free for everyone.
- Losing control over what's good for the users, and not only for the business.
- ... and more.
Sure. I can email you my PayPal account info and I'll make sure the VCs, Joel and my other colleagues get their shares. I promise.