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Questions tagged [business-model]

The process by which Stack Overflow (formerly Stack Exchange, formerly Stack Overflow Internet Services, formerly Jeff & Joel's International House of Code) makes enough money to keep these servers running and maintained.

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The game theory model behind Stack Exchange [duplicate]

Where or how (and if, of course) is it possible to see the game theory model behind Stack Exchange, the one responsible for user motivation and improvement? How was it built? Is it frequently tested ...
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Do some companies pay for a dedicated Stack Exchange site?

I just came across https://salesforce.stackexchange.com/ and I was wondering if Salesforce pays for it or if it was created by the community from Area 51. More generally, were all the Stack Exchange ...
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Does Facebook's 120 billion dollar loss in market value affect Stack Exchange? [closed]

With the huge loss in market valuation of Facebook -- currently a loss of 120 billion USD -- and with signals that indicate it will experience a continued, long-term decline in profits, is Stack ...
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Does Stack Exchange make any money with the mobile app?

I recently wondered, what the business model of Stack Exchange is. As there were already several questions to this, I found a satisfying answer. But I'm often using the mobile application, and there ...
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SE paid membership with payout to users who answer questions [duplicate]

I use SE and SO a lot. I am so thankful for all the folks who volunteer their time to help me and answer my questions. While I want to, I rarely have time to give back by answering other folks' ...
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Financially motivating the mods in the success of their sites

As far I know, currently the mods have some minimal money what they can donate to a non-profit organization. It is a fixed sum, and it doesn't depend on the success of their sites. My idea would be, ...
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How much is a Stack Exchange reputation point worth, roughly, to the company?

The Stack Exchange websites are run for profit, and they work by publishing questions and answers that are valuable by two measures: the number of clicks they gain, and how many points they get given ...
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Why doesn't Stack Exchange pay users who contribute the most?

Imagine if Stack Exchange set aside some of its proceeds to help pay a set of those users who have impacted the most people or have some of the highest reputation scores, which would in turn cause ...
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How much revenue does Stack Exchange make by auto-inserting affiliate ID into all Amazon links?

I wonder how much revenue Stack Exchange makes by auto-inserting affiliate ID into all Amazon links.
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Advertisement revenue and the consequences of AdBlock

For school I'm doing a research about the consequences of some ad blocking extensions. The usage of add blocking extensions is growing almost exponential and so more and more people are not seeing ...
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Will Stack Exchange sites always be freely accessible?

Will Stack Exchange sites always be freely accessible to active users (who contribute content to the sites in the SE network) and passive readers (who just read the sites coming from Google, for ...
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Who funds the site Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I found the Stack Exchange and recently. I'm trying to understand its operation and structure. Who funds the site Stack Overflow?
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Ownership of Stack Exchange [closed]

Maybe the answers are given somewhere and I just didn't bother to find it, but I have a few basic questions about SE as an organization. Who owns SE? Is it an individual, an organization, or some ...
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Stack Exchange is free to use , so how does it earn money? [duplicate]

I don't paid for using Stack Exchange communities, so how they make money to support it all?
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Please support HTTPS by default [duplicate]

Please redirect to an HTTPS connection by default on stackoverflow.com To illustrate the problem, please see the screenshot below where a man-in-the-middle attack is being used to forge responses ...
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What's in it for SE to launch new sites? [duplicate]

I remember hearing (can't find a link right now) that advertisements aren't shown on most sites - in fact, in my simple study, they were only shown on the Trilogy. What is the motivation to launch ...
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How much money does Stack Exchange make?

I get how it makes money. I'm curious about the financial data, how much profit, etc. it makes. I've tried searching on the SEC to no avail.
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Is there a policy on questions taken from prize-bearing coding competitions?

The subject matter of Algorithm to compute solution set of single simple equation with two variables is on-topic, and the question is well-posed; however, as a comment points out, This asks for ...
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How do users of Stack Overflow make money? [closed]

I would like to know simply, if anyone is making money on Stack Overflow, how are they doing it? I'm not asking if people should be making money on the site or whether or not it's okay—that has been ...
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Do I need permission to use the SE API? What if I'm trying to make money with it? [closed]

I recently developed a mobile app using the publicly available API of one of the Stack Exchange sites. Do I need to obtain permission from Stack Exchange before releasing the app to the public? Can I ...
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What is Stack Overflow's business model?

I once answered a question that asked how Stack Overflow makes money, but that was before the time of VC. Now, Stack Overflow has cash, and they have an ever-growing list of employees, but where's ...
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How will Stack Overflow succeed where The Hyphen Site didn't?

Way back when (about 6-7 years ago), I was an avid member of The Hyphen Site. It was a great resource, and its community had a lot of charisma. For example, the "Lounge" area was often hilariously ...
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How does the monetization process of a StackExchange site work?

Suppose I propose a site. Let's say it is approved (xyz.stackexchange.com). Now, when it becomes full-fledged and 'independent' I know the content is licensed under creative commons so anyone can use ...
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Making money by selling data on which language features confuse developers the most

Would it be possible for SO to make money by selling data to major players in the software industry? Specifically, information about which language/platform/framework features give developers the most ...
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Do proposers of Stack Exchange sites get compensated in any way?

I have an idea for a Stack Exchange site and was wondering if people who propose those sites get compensated in some way. Can they make money from advertising or something?
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Pay money to SO for quick support

Foreword: I've read the other questions about the Make Money Fast(TM) (like Offering actual money as a bounty?). The basic idea is to offer money to the site for quick support on a probably complex ...
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Who profits when new Stack websites are created?

I think that StackOverflow does a number of things very well and it's cool to see the new web sites that are appearing that use the Stack protocol. I visited "Area 51" the other day and saw some ...
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How does Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Overflow, etc. make money? [duplicate]

How do Stack Overflow and the rest of Stack Exchange sites stay up? Someone has got to pay for the infrastructure and people's wages. So how do these sites make money? Is it purely through ...
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Allow a user to pay a fee to display a small signature underneath their name when answering questions

Just an idea I had for how to monetize StackOverflow with very little impact to users. You could allow a user to pay a monthly fee so that they can have a signature underneath their name when ...
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Unicorns are the best use of VC [closed]

Now we know why Jeff and Joel were raising venture capital. It's been used to purchase the entire world's supply of unicorns in order to make the SO family in the world leader in unicornified Q/A ...
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Should “money” links like linkbucks be blocked on the Trilogy?

There has been recently a user answering (with more or less good things) to questions on Super User, with all his links to programs made by "linkbucks" (meaning he earns money on each click, because ...
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We needs monies, for whats?

I listened to the Stack Overflow (hmmm, Stack Exchange podcast) and was a tad confused about the whole VC shenanigans. What I seemed to understand is this: Stack Exchange remains a separate entity ...
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Possible positive effects of VC funding for Stack Overflow

Relating to this discussion, what are the possible positive effects of venture capital funding for Stack Overflow?
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If Stack Overflow ever floats, would we be “insiders”?

Joel recently posted about going for VC funding for SO. This makes me nervous for ill-defined reasons. Somehow it feels like "the man" would have elements of control in a site which has really been ...
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Possible negative effects of VC funding for Stack Overflow?

Assuming Joel and Jeff succeed in obtaining VC funding for Stack Overflow, what negative effects would you anticipate on the way Stack Overflow currently works? And how harmful would they be? And ...
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Would you take a share in Stack Overflow?

Joel Spolsky has just posted Raising money for Stack Overflow where he talks about seeking venture capital for Stack Overflow. If instead they opted to seek shareholders from the StackOverflow ...
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How much do you think SO is worth? [closed]

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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Looking for a quote about Stack Overflow as place where people do for free what they won't do for money

I'm looking for the article or blog post where Jeff (I think) talks about Stack Overflow as a place where experts will contribute things for free that no amount of money could convince them to do. (...
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Offering actual money as a bounty?

I have an idea for dealing with a question you badly want to be answered, which no one will answer, even after you've offered a large bounty: cash. Users can offer cash, and whoever has the accepted ...
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Why can't people make money off Stackoverflow just like a regular personal blog?

I know Spolsky said you "can't clear a market at these levels" and "people won't answer questions for small amounts of money" but I can't help but think that with the right promotion people like John ...
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Is SO pricing their site predatorially if it is making a loss?

Preface: this question is not about "having a go" at StackOverflow and is not a defence of expert-sex-change.com, which I have never used. It is purely a question about whether SO, if it is running at ...
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Discussion of Ads on StackOverflow (or SuperUser)?

I had a question closed earlier today, and was suggested to post a question related to it here as I did not realize that "Making Money" as the moderator termed it is considered banned from the site. ...
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stackoverflow business model suggestion

i just asked this question and had an idea: what if there were a person working for msi with a special stackoverflow-account who automatically gets all questions with the msi tag and could provide an ...
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Does SO, SF, MSO, and SU make enough support $$$ from ads? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is Stack Overflow's business model? I was curious if the ad support has continued to bring in enough $$$ to support the SO,SF, MSO, and SU websites? This is a user ...
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Startup costs for Stack Overflow

I'm not sure if I'm posting this question in the right area or even site. This question goes to Jeff Atwood primarily. I know you guys said you did not use any investors to start up stackoverflow.com,...
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Is Stack Overflow a business success?

I'm interested to know if Stack Overflow earns money. If yes, how? Any statistics? Is it a good business model?
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Would it be a problem if all Amazon links were converted to affiliate links? [duplicate]

I'm thinking that one way Jeff and the Stack Overflow team could squeeze some extra money out of this site would be to automatically convert all Amazon links posted here into affiliate links, e.g. ...