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

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  • Wasn't this asked once before?
    – Troggy
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 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
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 16:34
  • @Gargamel: Can't we just cut out the middle man and shake him upside-down until SO falls out? Commented Nov 30, 2009 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
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 16:50
  • @Gargamel: What if he has a backpack? Or a large fanny pack? Or he's pushing a shopping cart? Commented Nov 30, 2009 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
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 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. Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 17:37
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    I would pay extra to keep silly questions about site worth out of here. Commented Nov 30, 2009 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
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 17:45
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    On a related note, Stack Overflow is worth sixty million Kool-Aid mail-in points.
    – Welbog
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 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. Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 18:39
  • @Pesto: What if we just give the Kool-Aid man like $5 to punch Jeff in the gut?
    – Welbog
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 18:45
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    @Gargamel: But who will we shake upside-down to get the $5? Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 19:58
  • Nice try, Mr. Trump. Commented Jun 22, 2011 at 16:51
  • $ 230,947,200.00 - statvoo.com/website/stackoverflow.com
    – AO_
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 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.
    – user50049
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 19:29
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According to http://www.websitevaluecalculator.com/ it is worth

$127!

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    For comparison, ponyoverflow.com is worth $103. Commented Nov 30, 2009 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
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 16:29
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    welbog.homeip.net is worth $97! I'm going to strike it rich!
    – Welbog
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 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
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 16:31
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    Right on! Meta is worth $119! I always knew this website was worth something.
    – Troggy
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 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.) Commented Nov 30, 2009 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
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 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
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 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/
    – user50049
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 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!
    – user50049
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 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
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 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
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 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
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 19:45
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    I think all the linking to it here has driven up it's value
    – Phoshi
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 20:05
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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
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 16:27
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    you misspelled "beeeellion" Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 18:01
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Whatever somebody's willing to pay for it.

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    We all know logic doesn't apply on the internet. :)
    – Troggy
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 16:32
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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
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 16:13
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    How much is that in America moneys, Canada Boy? Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 16:22
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    @Pesto: About two fitty.
    – Welbog
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 16:35
  • @Pesto: Considering our economic woes, it could be quite a lot. ;) Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 16:35
  • Hey that's not even enough for a Flatizza. Outrageous.
    – Pekka
    Commented Mar 6, 2014 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! Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 9:03
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http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.stackoverflow.com

$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 Commented Dec 1, 2009 at 2:28
  • up to $4.13M now... Commented Dec 15, 2009 at 18:38
  • Four years later, ten times as much. This algorithm seems legit. Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 9:05
  • 10 years later.... 34 mil Commented Feb 15, 2018 at 1:27
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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
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 20:00
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    This new upvote/downvote viewing feature is really nice. haha
    – Troggy
    Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 20:06
  • And on the halftime it's 3-1 for Manchester United.
    – alex
    Commented Dec 1, 2009 at 12:14
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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

and

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
    Commented Dec 1, 2009 at 8:46
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    @jjnguy meta.stackexchange.com/questions/25542/me-no-likey-no-tilde
    – random
    Commented Dec 1, 2009 at 9:23
  • Thanks! more characters....more and more and more ...
    – jjnguy
    Commented Dec 1, 2009 at 9:52
  • That ~ is becoming quite a bit of a celebrity, isn't it?
    – alex
    Commented Dec 1, 2009 at 12:13
  • and here i was thinking of changing it. oh well, no Autobiographer badge for me.... :p Commented Dec 1, 2009 at 12:18
  • Badges are overrated. ~ are not!
    – alex
    Commented Dec 1, 2009 at 13:52
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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
    Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 1:53
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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
    Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 9:04
  • ya i guess so. But the price is really nice i guess. Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 9:07

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