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Quizlet.com allows students to collaboratively create flash cards for studying languages and other topics.

Unfortunately, user-created content is locked, copyright of Quizlet. Many similar websites do the same. A popular one is smart.fm, which recently switched from free to paying, hurting thousands of locked students.

Is there a more Wikipedia-like-spirited platform?

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Flashcarddb doesn't post anything about who owns copyrights, but looks entirely free (rather than a free/pro service split).

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"By posting content on the Site, you are granting permission to us and others to access and use it in connection with the services provided by the Site and otherwise in connection with our business". Not clear who are the "others" they talk about, but anyway it seems usage has to be in connection with Flashcarddb, so it is not freely re-usable like Wikipedia. –  nic Nov 24 '11 at 2:44
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I just found Cobocards and it looks like their copyrights leave the content you create in your hands.

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Indeed, data is user's property, and collaboration is possible (but only with limited group of friends it seems). SRS is only available for pro accounts. –  nic Jan 24 '12 at 1:30
    
SRS? What does that mean? –  Tiris Jan 27 '12 at 22:09
    
SRS=Spaced Repetition Software. Using a learning technique that incorporates increasing intervals of time between subsequent reviews. All good flashcard apps have a kind of SRS. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaced_repetition_system –  nic Jan 28 '12 at 4:59
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I use Study Stack. it works great and there are a lot of pre-made stacks to study from

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User-created data becomes StudyStack's property, not open, which is exactly what I want to avoid. –  nic May 9 '11 at 1:22
    
...oh...I didn't know that before....that stinks...my bad –  mjrider May 9 '11 at 21:53
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http://ankiweb.net/ is a good website.

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I use Anki a lot, but as far as I know it is not designed for several people to collaborate on improving a single deck. –  nic May 9 '11 at 1:17
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Memorize.com is a free collaborative site that uses multiple styles to help students learn. From their terms of service it seems to be fairly open content, not owned by the company at least. I haven't used it myself, but I've heard good things.

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Every page is marked "© 2011 Memorize.com" and they don't explicitly say that we can copy the content, so it is NOT open: memorize.com/terms-of-use –  nic Apr 8 '11 at 5:14
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