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Questions about sites that copy (or scrape) content from SE, or attempt to duplicate portions of the overall design of SE.

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SE posts appearing on non-SE sites [duplicate]

I'm new here. Yesterday I posted a couple of electrical questions in DIY. Later in the day I discovered, by accident when searching for some related material, that my questions also appeared on ...
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Difference between clone and copycat-sites tags?

I've been looking at the clone wiki and copycat-sites wiki but I can't understand if there's a difference between the tags. Do they need a disambiguation? Do they need a merge? There's been a previous ...
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Is Array Overflow a Stack Exchange web site?

There's a site called Array Overflow at Is it legit? Its Facebook Page says nothing about the operator of the web site, and at the bottom of the site it just says (C) Array ...
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DuckDuckGo directed me to a rip-off site "" in first page result [duplicate]

Here is an example the rip-off is apparently monetizing through add (sometime even pr0n). Is this site already known and under investigation? Rip-off : Original: ...
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Send a follow-up email when a user reports that some Stack Exchange content is plagiarised by another website

I reported a website (Quora) copying a significant amount of Stack Exchange content via and got the following response from the Stack Overflow support team via ...
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Can one take the entire Q&A base and move it to a new site?

In the light of all recent moderators and experienced users quitting, I was wondering if anyone is allowed to take the entire Q&A set of a site, and move it to a new site, with new rules? I think ...
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What is Stack Exchange's position on (Askru) [duplicate] seems like a shameless copy of Stack Overflow. I could not find any good information about the site and it looks to be everything but legitimate. Is the Stack Exchange ...
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What are my options if a scraper found and published one of my posts that I have since deleted?

I have deleted an old question that I posted on Stack Overflow quite a time back, but it still shows at below location:
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An outside site seems to have crawled, scraped, and translated Stack Exchange questions; what to do? [duplicate]

I was curious how often I'd used a couple of idiosyncratic terms in my answers, so I googled them together and was surprised to see them on an external site, having survived a translation into Spanish....
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How much of Stack Exchange can be replicated by other sites?

I just found Am I allowed to make a Stack Overflow clone? which answers most of my question below (yes, look & feel (or method of operation) is not copyrightable). However, I don't know where the ...
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Malicious site using "" as subdomain [duplicate]

I am not sure if this is the right place to post this but I am unaware of any other stack to get such issue into notice. I came across this site today from google search
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Another mass site scraper [duplicate]

I decided to look up my username for kicks, and found this. They seems to be scraping SO for questions with a security tag. Those questions listed appear to be every "security" related post I've ...
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Question Gets Duplicated on a Different Q&A Site [duplicate]

My question gets cloned or duplicated on a different Q&A Site (not a different SE Site). Question: No Microphone on CM12.1 Here's the Original Question, while here's the copy. It copied the exact ...
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Is there anything specific I should do when encountering an SE scraper? [duplicate]

I've seen a lot of scraped and repackaged content in my time, but I just ran across which seems to have scraped the entire network of sites and re-posted the entire thing ...
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How does Stack Exchange identifies another website outranking them on Google?

According to the stackexchange scraper policy you shouldn't report sites that: They follow all the attribution requirements, and don't outrank us on Google I've been thinking several ways to use ...
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How, and why, did the code in my question end up in Pastebin?

I recently posted a question in Mathematica SE, Can a package append its context to $DistributedContexts?. Out of idle curiosity I then googled for some of the code in the question, and I was very ...
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StackExchange content scraping with obfuscation

The topic of content scraping from StackExchange and StackOverflow is very well known. I thought the admins would like to know that the scrapers have boosted their efforts and are now obfuscating ...
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Is this site supposed to be copying all of Stackexchanges info? [duplicate]

I hope this is the right place to post this. If you go to the rather lengthy link below you'll see that it is one of my questions, with comments, and answers here on Scifi Stackexchange. I'm not sure ...
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IS this an extreme copy of Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

I just came across Not only is the UI similar to Stack Exchange, but they have identical badges and even diamond mods. (The biggest difference I see is that they have karma,...
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What is the tangible benefit to SE from legitimate "scraper" sites?

We know that some sites are "illegal" scrapers that SE does not tolerate for obvious reasons. But why does SE tolerate sites that re-post its content (scraped or from Data Dump) with correct ...
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42 views have copied stackexchange [duplicate] have copied the stackexchange (especially stackoverflow). some screenshots of the site: and also this one: [Note: Whether we can report this kind stuff here or not, I don't know. I am ...
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What is the etiquette for copying my own questions and answers from other QA sites to StackExchange?

I have been very active on Quora for about 5 months, but I'm very new to StackExchange. As such there's many questions and answers over on Quora relevant to questions on StackExchange. If I want to ...
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Why are there fake Stack Exchange sites? [duplicate]

I recently came across these links doing a search on Google: How to expand selection to include enclosing element in Sublime Text 3?
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Noticed one of my edited post in another site [duplicate]

Not sure if this had been noticed by the house. I edited the content and heading of one of my unanswered post today. While searching web for some information, I just noticed that the same question i ...
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A site (or scraper) is copying content from Stack Exchange. What should I do?

Since day one of Stack Overflow, all content posted on Stack Exchange sites by their users (i.e. you wonderful people) has been provided to the whole universe under the CC BY-SA license. For my fellow ...
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Is this illegal copy of SO content? [duplicate]

Today I found out this site while searching for some clarification regarding NSBundle Googled for: why can't write to nsbundle ios It seems to be ...
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Hows Info. StackOverflow Rip [duplicate]

Complete rip with no attribution: related: Report sites that use Stack Exchange content without following attribution rules here Here is "me":
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What actually happens to sites which are reported as copycats?

We have a meta question for reporting sites which do not follow Stack Exchange's content attribution policies. As purely a matter of curiosity, what actually happens when these sites are reported? ...
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Is Ask Overflow a part of the Stack Exchange network? [duplicate]

I was browsing the Internet to find answers for some questions I had about my activities today. I came across the site ASKOVERFLOW.COM and was just wondering what it was about and whether it was a ...
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Does CodeChef use the StackExchange engine?

I recently noticed a website, with Q&A and competitions that is based in India. Instantly, I notice that it looks almost identical to an SE site: I am curious if this is a ...
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Create a software mechanism to report sites that use SE content without following attribution rules

At the time of this post there are 87 answers to the meta question: Report sites that use SE content without following attribution rules here. The sheer volume of answers makes it impossible to ...
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Is this site copycatting Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Report sites that use SE content without following attribution rules here While researching for a problem, I found a good starting point on Stack Overflow, and while further ...
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Sort of copy of my question on a different site [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Report sites that use SE content without following attribution rules here I am not sure if this belongs here: Report sites that use Stack Exchange content without following ...
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Tips4All Stack Overflow ripoff? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Report sites that use SE content without following attribution rules here I don't know if this site is somehow associated with Stack Overflow, but I found it today Googling ...
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Report sites that use Stack Exchange content without following attribution rules here [duplicate]

NB The following is a community-generated list of websites that republish Stack Exchange content without attributing it properly. It is no longer being maintained, because the procedure for reporting ...
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Is FatalWeb at all associated with Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Report high-Google-ranking SE content copiers here I've started seeing some links appearing in Google to "Fatalweb" that look dangerously similar to Stack Overflow - it seems ...
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BigResource ripping off your website [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Stack Overflow clones Is it legal to copy Stack Overflow questions and answers? Another website spotted that this pulling the StackOverflow content
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156 views Attribution respected or not? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it legal to copy Stack Overflow questions and answers? They seem to have respected all of the criteria except: You will ensure that any such use of Subscriber Content visually ...
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Is "Treasure Gourd" associated with stackoverflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it legal to copy Stack Overflow questions and answers? Report high-Google-ranking SE content copiers here I've just found a question I asked here copied word for word on ...
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someone stealing SE questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it legal to copy Stack Overflow questions and answers? I asked this question on Unix and Linux SE a week ago. Now I find this webpage with the exact question and the answer ...
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Is this website a derivative of Stack Overflow, and is that allowed?

I found this website on the web for 'Data related questions'. Is this some sort of related website, a clone, or otherwise? Is it legal?
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Is Locker Gnome ripping off Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Stack Overflow clones I recently found Locker Gnome and I'm curious whether they're ripping off Stack Exchange, or are part of the Stack Exchange network?
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WordPress Q&A plugin blatantly ripping off Stack Overflow design

Check out this WordPress Q&A Plugin by WPMU Dev. They have completely ripped off the Stack Overflow design in their plugin, even down to the details like the accepting answers tick and tabs. What'...
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Copycat site causes disturbing images to turn up in image search

Today I tried out various images search sites and one of my test search terms was my own name. What struck me was that the false positives were mostly the same regardless of the search site used. Also ...
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How did a Stack Overflow question get copied on another website? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it legal to copy Stack Overflow questions and answers? I had asked a question on Stack Overflow and got some helpful answers too. I was looking for more information when I ...
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Where should I report trademark infringement or illegal SO clones?

We all love & benefit from SO, and want to help keeping it profitable. How can we help? What counts as trademark infringement: Trademark guidelines What is an illegal SO clone: Copyright ...
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What is and why is it copying content? [duplicate]

I just did a search for "find out how much memory a python program takes" on Google and came up with two hits that contain the same content:
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Report high-Google-ranking Stack Exchange content copiers here [duplicate]

NB The following is a community-generated list of web pages that display Stack Exchange content and rank higher in search results than the original SE posts they copy. It is no longer being maintained,...
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What to do when you find copied SF, SU or SO content on other websites? [duplicate]

Recently, while answering a Server Fault question, I stumbled upon a copied Server Fault question and answer at what looks like a content aggregation or text scraping site. Here's the original ...
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Stack Overflow questions turning up on

I am not sure if it is a problem or OK. I found a Stack Overflow question and my answer on
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