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StackExchange goes free!

Postby guillermooo on Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:43 pm

Not spam!

I'd love this forum to be replaced by the StackExchange engine... Now it could happen! Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood are making SE free, but there's a selection process for new sites:

http://blog.stackexchange.com/post/5184 ... change-2-0

This is a small community, but why not try? If sublimator stops sleeping, we might even make the cut! ;-)

Anyway, I thought I'd mention this piece of news...
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Re: StackExchange goes free!

Postby EJ12N on Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:45 pm

what's wrong with phpbb?
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Re: StackExchange goes free!

Postby GreyWyvern on Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:50 pm

It looks like a forum, just organized in a knowledgebase format, so I also wonder: how is it better than phpbb for maintaining a community? Plus, you can't download the code; you need to host it at their domain. That sucks.
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Re: StackExchange goes free!

Postby guillermooo on Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:58 pm

As a Q&A site it beats phpbb hands down: much better search, wiki-like entries, rating of answers, simpler interface... It also has a fun side to it that I think encourages active participation. I'm looking at this forum's interface and it just reinforces the idea that they're on to something... The meta subsite would also serve the purpose of requesting new features, reporting bugs, etc.

There are also downsides, I'm sure, but I think the benefits would outweight them. Their success with Stack Overflow speaks louder than words.

In any case, their selection process seems to be quite strict and would require a more active community than the one we have now, and perhaps a larger one.

I can only say I've used Stack Overflow for a while and I've seen for myself that it works and I much prefer it to this clunky phpbb forum, but it isn't my place to decide anyway. This is like any other feature request. Some will like the idea and others won't. But I have the feeling, if the latter group tried SO for any length of time, they'd change their minds. ;)
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Re: StackExchange goes free!

Postby phowell on Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:25 pm

I recognize that I'm late on this, but:

Any other tool that doesn't have a completely and utterly useless search function would be better than phpbb.
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