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Are there any clones/alternatives for running a Stack Exchange style Q&A site?

Since the source code for this site isn't available for purchase or external use, I'm looking for software that can run a Q&A environment similar to Stack Exchange. Are there any such pieces of ...
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Which tools and technologies are used to build the Stack Exchange Network?

What tools and technologies are used to build the Stack Exchange Network? See also: Which tools and technologies are used to build Data Explorer? Return to FAQ index
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How does SOPA threaten Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange?

Today's Stack Overflow system message reads: SOPA is a dangerous law. It breaks the Internet and threatens sites like Stack Overflow. Protect the Internet! How is it a threat to Stack Overflow?
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SE Inc. Director of Public Q&A retweets bad-faith, misrepresentative tweet

As we all know, SE Inc. has engaged in highly problematic and widely criticized actions against the SE community and specific moderators. Earlier today (Oct 11th, 2019), Ms. Sara Chipps, "...
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Which computer science / programming Stack Exchange sites do I post on?

There seems to be more than a few computer science/programming Stack Exchange networks (is that the correct term?). Stack Overflow, being the first, has by far the most users, questions, and answers. ...
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Is Stack Exchange / Stack Overflow available for private or internal use?

Is the Stack Exchange engine that powers Stack Overflow available to download or install internally for an enterprise or company? I think Stack Exchange's engine is very great and could be very cool ...
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Summing up the main issues (The Story So Far)

Could we have a neutral summing up of the issues (without any editorializing)? I will attempt to do so in an answer, big picture style. Or you could think of this as "The Story So Far" for ...
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Our Commitment to Responding to Meta and Moderators

As Teresa mentioned in our Q1 roadmap blog post, the company is working on establishing our commitment to responding on our Meta sites and to our moderators, by setting up a new Meta engagement policy....
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Joel left, and SE as we know it is dead

The recent blog post, which I don't even want to link to, made it perfectly clear for me. Joel left, and with that SE as we know it died. It will take a while before it's totally gone, but it will go ...
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Who is on the Community Management Team, and what do they do?

The members of the Community Management Team (sometimes referred to as the Community Team or CMs) are employees of Stack Exchange the company, but not all SE employees are Community Management Team ...
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Will Open Sourcing Stack Overflow Destroy Our Business Model?

Warning. This discussion took place during the Stack Exchange 1.0 days, when FogCreek sold Stack Exchange licenses for a fee. It is worth noting that Stack Exchange licenses are still being ...
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How should a user's death be handled?

It is a bit of a morbid concept, but having recently had a friend die unexpectedly and having to deal with the online repercussions of this event has gotten me to thinking about what should happen to ...
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After the recent CM departures, are there plans to shut down network sites or Area 51?

Yesterday, there were some major staffing changes, and the end result is that two long-time Community Managers, Shog9 and Robert Cartaino, are no longer with Stack Overflow, Inc. This seems to be a ...
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Make public Q&A a nonprofit

It is not news that the relationship between the community of invested Stack Overflow users and the company is at an all-time low. The core reason is arguably an unresolvable tension between their ...
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Will Meta Stack Exchange be removed now?

This is a question related to the new feedback procedures announcement. This site (Meta Stack Exchange) has various functions: (per the help center) Meta is for... ... Stack Exchange users ...
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Now that Jeff Atwood is moving on, who will be “in charge”?

Now that Jeff Atwood is moving on (see Joel's blog, and Jeff's own), who will be succeeding him as the ultimate authority over feature requests, change requests, cross-site policy, and the like? To ...
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Community and Moderator guidelines for escalating issues via new response process (March-April 2020)

Last week I posted the company’s commitment to responding to Meta and the Moderators here. If you haven’t read it yet, doing so before reading this one is recommended, since it gives a higher-level ...
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What's the official SE response to serious mentions of suicide or self-harm in posts?

Last night on Mi Yodeya, someone posted a question that was basically a suicide note, along with the question of what Judaism thought about suicide. The question was put on hold very quickly, and ...
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What is the Goal of “Hot Network Questions”?

There has been a tug-of-war in the hot-questions list. Community members like JonW seem to be unhappy with the traffic that it brings to their site: 'But we want to encourage people to post, that's ...
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Why can't I just offer a bounty for a question right off the bat?

Sometimes at work I have an immediate need to get an answer for a question. I have 3,000 points at my disposal so I'd like to just put a bounty on the question as soon as I post it to give it the ...
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How much bandwidth does SE eat up?

I recently saw this image posted in an answer on Meta by @Nick Craver ♦: I'm interested to know how much bandwidth (in total GB/TB) gets used on average each month for such a large site, and on which ...
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SE seems pretty set in their path to change the sites as we know them and the testimony of former employees are proof of that

A Tweet from Tim Post that always stood out to me was the following: We never manage through sharp sticks, ultimatums or threats. I honestly believe this is why we have the most professional ...
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Monthly Summary of What's New

There have been a few requests for a change log or release notes which I think would be great. I understand that things are constantly changing, and if the team had to update us with every change, it ...
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Differentiate between employees and moderators [duplicate]

My understanding of who has diamonds: All moderators have diamonds on the sites they moderate and their respective meta Stack Exchange employees have diamonds everywhere they're needed Right now, ...
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Amusing 404 “Page Not Found” Images for Trilogy sites?

I'd like to have amusing but on-topic images for our 404 Page Not Found page on: Stack Overflow Server Fault Super User Meta By on topic, I mean the 404 image on Stack Overflow should be a ...
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This place is AWESOME! [closed]

Not really a question but an incredibly grateful comment. I am so thankful for this site's creation. I only recently became aware of it having a lot of programming questions lately. Seems any and all ...
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Meta escalation/response process update (March-April 2020 test results, next steps)

In the beginning of March, I shared a process by which posts that need staff attention could get escalated, and a plan to test it out between March 16 and April 30, 2020. As promised on that post’s ...
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Please don't bring The Loop to per-site metas

On my fourth reading of the blog post introducing The Loop, I noticed something that seems to indicate that the company wants to introduce changes in how the child metas function - something I didn't ...
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I feel helpless. Is there anything we can do to help guide SE?

Preface I'm a newer contributor, but a long time visitor. As a result, my view is more of an outsider's view. Take my points with that in mind. Stack Exchange appeared to flourish under the ...
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Dear Stack Exchange, it is time for a change

How do you call someone who turns to force to impose their view? That is how I call you, and I think it is time for a change. Consider how SE works: You are the one that built a platform -- thank ...
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Stack Exchange Community Statistics

Many Meta users have asked for statistics that involve data that isn't available through the public data dumps (especially voting-related stats). In conjunction with the SE team, I will be bringing ...
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Prevent questions with movie/tv shows/game spoilers from appearing in the hot questions list

I've noticed that occasionally "hot questions" from SciFi and the Movies & TV network contain major spoilers about the movie/show discussed. The Matrix spoilers: I like browsing through those ...
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Remember when Stack Exchange and the Community worked side-by-side to “make the Internet a better place”? Can we go back to this please?

I've been here for 10+ years now*. Like for a lot of people, Stack Exchange isn't a random website: it's a major chunk of my life. Years ago, Stack Exchange and the Community worked side-by-side ...
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The new ask page is now live on the network!

After rolling it out to the International Stack Overflow sites last week, we're rolling out the new ask page to the whole network today. The new page was designed with the goal of helping new askers ...
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Will the public Q&A network stay completely free, and remain the company's main focus?

After reading the interview (alt Glorfindel's post which has the complete text in his answer, for when the link doesn' t work) the new CEO Prashanth Chandrasekar had with Business Insider I got a ...
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Are other sites (besides MSE) growing inactive?

Ever since Everything That Happened with Stack Exchange, it's understandable that many users are hesitant to get re-involved on SE. It's understandable that many users are deleting their own accounts,...
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Would it be possible for Stack Overflow to be accessible over IPv6?

According to my IPv6 tunnelbroker Hurricane Electric the world will end in approximately 712 days when we finally run out of IPv4 addresses. Would it be possible to enable IPv6 access to the Stack ...
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Allow diamond moderators to reverse question migrations?

It has happened on occasion, due to the high amount of 10K moderators on SO that questions are migrated to the wrong site, and needs to be reversed. Although currently it is possible to re-open the ...
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Oh CMs Where art thou?

I've been waffling a bit about bringing this up - but what are the plans/status on the new CM hires that were mentioned in the post about SE raising funds? There's certainly demand for their services, ...
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serverfault.com is not your trash bin! [closed]

I keep seeing inappropriate questions get migrated from Stack Overflow to Server Fault. Such as this one: How to set desktop background in ubuntu? How to set desktop back ground for twin view ...
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What would Stack Exchange's yearly expenses be if it were to be using a third-party host?

Stack Exchange manages its own servers, as it should, but if Stack Exchange were to be hosted on a third-party "cloud" hosting (like Amazon), what would its monthly and yearly expenses be (...
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How do I change my Stack Exchange password?

How do I change my password? I have a Stack Exchange account but can't seem to find the option to change my password. Help please?
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Individual community preferences vs. SE network policy: who wins?

In the recent question Where can I ask a question about advice for my job?, the OP asks where the following question would be appropriate: What would be the best way to approach someone that works ...
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Why do migrated questions lack redirection via HTTP response status code 301 (Moved Permanently)?

I've just been quite surprised to click on a highly ranked Google result for a Stack Overflow question just to end up on the search page, because the page doesn't exist anymore. I figured it might ...
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My OpenID provider is shutting down; how do I change my Stack Exchange login? [duplicate]

Sometimes OpenID providers end their services, like GetOpenID and MyOpenID did. How do I add or remove login methods so I don't get locked out of my Stack Exchange account? For more information, ...
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What is the Stack Exchange (Staff) process of launching a site?

I've heard bits and pieces from various sources, but I would really like to know, what does the Stack Exchange staff do to launch a new site? What are the milestones? I'm talking about Area 51 ...
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New Resources for Our Stack Exchange Network

It's nice to be here! Hello, fellow humans! My name is Juan M and I’ve served as the Community Manager of Stack Overflow en español as well as the Manager for the International Stack Overflow ...
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The Denver office violates the trademark guidance

According to Stack Exchange's trademark guidance: The website domain name is always written stackoverflow.com (no CamelCase, single word capitalization rules apply). However in the semi-recent ...
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Add links to official status pages in the read-only mode status message

When the site is in read-only mode, I get a message like this: This site is currently in read-only mode. Would it be possible to update that message to provide links to these resources on SE's ...
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Should Stack Exchange Inc promote its pet projects on meta sites?

Recently, on Meta Stack Overflow at least, Stack Exchange staff have made questions posts in order to promote projects outside of the scope of the Q&A network. Some recent examples: An ...

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