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I want to have discussion site like SO for another purpose.

IS source of SO like sites https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4/list-of-stackexchange-sites free?

From where i can download, can i use on any site for any purpose free.

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No, StackExchange and StackOverflow are not open-source software. However, you can pay a fee to use the stackexchange software on your own site1.

Alternatively, google for "open-source stackoverflow clone", which should give you a free alternative.

1 Apparently, stackexchange offers the first 45 days free as a trial

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  • I need php/mysql based clone of like SO
    – Jitendra
    Feb 26, 2010 at 0:07
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    Get to work creating it then :)
    – Earlz
    Feb 26, 2010 at 0:10
  • I think SO is based on .net framework
    – Jitendra
    Feb 26, 2010 at 0:13
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    Yes, ASP.Net MVC I believe is what Joel said it was made with in some blog entry
    – Earlz
    Feb 26, 2010 at 0:27
  • @Jitendra the first google result I came up with is anantgarg.com/qwench, which is hosted on github for you at github.com/anantgarg/Qwench
    – a_m0d
    Feb 26, 2010 at 0:47
  • @a_m0d - Thanks for this link
    – Jitendra
    Feb 26, 2010 at 0:56
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You should see the list of SO clones, some of which are open source, developed on the language the OP liked the most (Python, Ruby, PHP, ASP.Net).

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You cannot download the source. Those sites are hosted by the Stack Exchange platform.

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