Let's say someone is going to buy SO and all its property, how much do you think it's worth?

  • Wasn't this asked once before? – Troggy Nov 30 '09 at 16:25
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    I think we should track down Atwood, shake him upside-down then buy SO with whatever lunch money falls out of him. – Welbog Nov 30 '09 at 16:34
  • @Gargamel: Can't we just cut out the middle man and shake him upside-down until SO falls out? – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Nov 30 '09 at 16:47
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    @Pesto: SO is software, man. He keeps that on a set of 54 floppies in his desk. No one can carry around that many floppies. – Welbog Nov 30 '09 at 16:50
  • @Gargamel: What if he has a backpack? Or a large fanny pack? Or he's pushing a shopping cart? – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Nov 30 '09 at 17:15
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    Backpacks and fanny packs have zippers, and so shaking him upside-down won't cause SO to fall out. Likewise, a shopping cart is not attached to Atwood, and so flipping him upside-down will not upturn the cart. What we could do is glue his hands to the shopping cart before inverting his orientation and agitating him. – Welbog Nov 30 '09 at 17:31
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    You're assuming that he keeps his backpacks and fanny packs properly zipped, a point I'm not willing to concede without evidence. Even if that is the case, we simply need to shake him vigorously enough to cause the zipper to open. And as to the shopping cart, perhaps I assumed too much, but I took it for granted that we would permanently attach his hands to said cart prior to inversion. My mistake for not clarifying that, I suppose. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Nov 30 '09 at 17:37
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    I would pay extra to keep silly questions about site worth out of here. – George Stocker Nov 30 '09 at 17:41
  • Where did he get the shopping cart, backpack and fanny pack? If he got them at Wal-Mart, then the cart's handle will be covered in sticky juice residue and the packs' zippers will fail at the slightest hint of internal pressure. But if he got them from, say, Kool-Aid mail-in points, then we are well and truly welbogged. Those things are impenetrable zippered fortresses and the Kool-Aid shopping cart has rocket booster on the back; we'd never catch Atwood on one of those things. – Welbog Nov 30 '09 at 17:45
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    On a related note, Stack Overflow is worth sixty million Kool-Aid mail-in points. – Welbog Nov 30 '09 at 17:48
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    @Gargamel: The Kool-Aid points program has been discontinued, so we're probably in the clear. Unless, of course, Jeff knows the Kool-Aid Man personally, in which case we are ubersmurfed. No wall can protect you from the Kool-Aid Man. He will forever quench our thirst, holding our heads beneath the churning amethyst waves of a sea of Purplesaurus Rex, until at last we cease to struggle. When we surface again, we shall be no more than soulless revenants shuffling across the Earth in search of the thirsty, that they too may know the quenching of undeath. Jeff, as a vampire, is naturally immune. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Nov 30 '09 at 18:39
  • @Pesto: What if we just give the Kool-Aid man like $5 to punch Jeff in the gut? – Welbog Nov 30 '09 at 18:45
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    @Gargamel: But who will we shake upside-down to get the $5? – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Nov 30 '09 at 19:58
  • Nice try, Mr. Trump. – Justin Morgan Jun 22 '11 at 16:51
  • $ 230,947,200.00 - statvoo.com/website/stackoverflow.com – AO_ Mar 29 '16 at 18:40

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Good question! How big a problem is SO, and how can we convince the industry at large to buy out Jeff et. al. before all of our productivity is sucked away? Perhaps we should multiply the average time a user spends on SO by the average IT person's salary and the number of users.

For illustrative purposes, if we're conservative and we say there are:

  • 10,000 regular users
  • Averaging 5 hours a week on SO
  • Paid an average US$25/hr

That's US$1,250,000 per week. Therefore, SO has cost US$65 million in lost productivity in the past year alone. It must be worth that much to close it down, for all our sakes, before it's too late!

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    You forgot to account for time spent on sock puppets, futile as they are. Calculating that makes my head hurt, so +1. – Tim Post Nov 30 '09 at 19:29

According to http://www.websitevaluecalculator.com/ it is worth


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    For comparison, ponyoverflow.com is worth $103. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Nov 30 '09 at 16:28
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    Wow... my blog is worth almost half that! I'm almost half as good as Stack Overflow!!! w00t – Randolpho Nov 30 '09 at 16:29
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    welbog.homeip.net is worth $97! I'm going to strike it rich! – Welbog Nov 30 '09 at 16:30
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    Superuser is worth $119! That's almost as much as Stack Overflow! We have to stop it! – Welbog Nov 30 '09 at 16:31
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    Right on! Meta is worth $119! I always knew this website was worth something. – Troggy Nov 30 '09 at 16:37
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    codinghorror.com is worth $127. joelonsoftware.com? $136! If J&J sold all their sites maybe they'd have enough for a pony. (Gawds, this is a funny site.) – Stu Thompson Nov 30 '09 at 16:54
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    I tried to find out how much websitevaluecalculator.com was worth using websitevaluecalculator.com and it exploded! – innaM Nov 30 '09 at 17:13
  • Good Lord, man -- according to these yo-yos, my site (with 2 pages, lazily built in iWeb because I shut down my blog and didn't want to bother) is worth $95 -- 2/3 the value of SO? – John Rudy Nov 30 '09 at 19:24
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    This, determined through an advanced algorithm, surely: Warning: DOMDocument::loadXML() [domdocument.loadxml]: Empty string supplied as input in /home/website/public_html/ThumbnailUtility.php on line 31 Warning: fopen(/home/website/public_html/IMGCACHE/stackoverflow.com.jpg) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: Permission denied in /home/website/public_html/ – Tim Post Nov 30 '09 at 19:37
  • My blog, which sees only moderate traffic has 5,251,030 backlinks!!! SO has 5,345,000 .. woot! I'm catching up!! And I'm valued almost as high! – Tim Post Nov 30 '09 at 19:40
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    Rats. I thought we had a way to get rid of the US national debt, but house.gov and senate.gov are only worth $152. whitehouse.gov is better at $188,769 but still not enough. – tvanfosson Nov 30 '09 at 19:42
  • @tinkertim, I saw that too. And I laughed. Then I checked it out, and apparently, websitevaluecalculator.com is worth $33,042 – Ewan Nov 30 '09 at 19:43
  • @Ewan: No kidding? When I did it, it was $27K. Nice to be able to increase in value so quickly! – John Rudy Nov 30 '09 at 19:45
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    I think all the linking to it here has driven up it's value – Phoshi Nov 30 '09 at 20:05

I'm not sure what it's actually worth, but it's very likely Google will buy it for a few billion dollars, give it away for free, and somehow get even richer by doing it. Those guys are evil wizards, I tell you!

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1 Billion dollars - pinky in corner of mouth

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    One Million, or One Hundred Billion. – Randolpho Nov 30 '09 at 16:27
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    you misspelled "beeeellion" – quack quixote Nov 30 '09 at 18:01

Whatever somebody's willing to pay for it.

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    We all know logic doesn't apply on the internet. :) – Troggy Nov 30 '09 at 16:32

Probably about three fitty.

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  • Really? I could get a pizza for that! I can't EAT SO, so I know which I'd rather have. – Phoshi Nov 30 '09 at 16:13
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    How much is that in America moneys, Canada Boy? – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Nov 30 '09 at 16:22
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    @Pesto: About two fitty. – Welbog Nov 30 '09 at 16:35
  • @Pesto: Considering our economic woes, it could be quite a lot. ;) – gnostradamus Nov 30 '09 at 16:35
  • Hey that's not even enough for a Flatizza. Outrageous. – Pekka Mar 6 '14 at 1:54
  • Well, it was about that time that I noticed this @XMLbog was about eight stories tall and was a crustacean from the plethazoic era! – Nick Stauner Mar 6 '14 at 9:03


$3.84 million or 44.72 million pesos.

That's a lot of franks and beans...

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    it's up to $3.84M now – Steven A. Lowe Dec 1 '09 at 2:28
  • up to $4.13M now... – Miyagi Coder Dec 15 '09 at 18:38
  • Four years later, ten times as much. This algorithm seems legit. – Nick Stauner Mar 6 '14 at 9:05
  • 10 years later.... 34 mil – Chris Maggiulli Feb 15 '18 at 1:27

What currency we talking about here? The real question is of course what it will be worth in 6 - 8 weeks?

What about theoretical dollars? Sneezing Panda is worth billions!

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  • -1 because I hate pandas. – Welbog Nov 30 '09 at 20:00
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    This new upvote/downvote viewing feature is really nice. haha – Troggy Nov 30 '09 at 20:06
  • And on the halftime it's 3-1 for Manchester United. – alex Dec 1 '09 at 12:14

It's worth $42, not more, not less.

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I'm thinking of a number between

enough to cover Jeff's mortgage


enough to cover Jeff's mortgage, the next three mortgages, and five new cars

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  • Hey, share your ~ secret with us? – jjnguy Dec 1 '09 at 8:46
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  • Thanks! more characters....more and more and more ... – jjnguy Dec 1 '09 at 9:52
  • That ~ is becoming quite a bit of a celebrity, isn't it? – alex Dec 1 '09 at 12:13
  • and here i was thinking of changing it. oh well, no Autobiographer badge for me.... :p – quack quixote Dec 1 '09 at 12:18
  • Badges are overrated. ~ are not! – alex Dec 1 '09 at 13:52

Wow, I found out this results too (source):

Stackoverflow.com is worth $ 390,447,000

Do you think it's that much?

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    Heh. It's a wild unfounded guess posing as an "estimate". It's not really a reliable number. – Pekka Mar 6 '14 at 1:53

Interesting question.I found a website link: http://www.worthofweb.com/website-value/stackoverflow.com

It is giving following price. $ 2,957,500,000

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  • Those kind of sites are completely useless. – Stijn Mar 6 '14 at 9:04
  • ya i guess so. But the price is really nice i guess. – Harshal Benake Mar 6 '14 at 9:07

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