I absolutely love the Stack Exchange model for asking Questions and voting on answers.

I have been looking at different forum platforms and at the moment I am considering either Vanilla, but likely to lean towards phpBB (with some Mods like Resolved and Reputation bolted on)

Am I missing something? I saw some websites like Splunk Answers and Pods have a near identical design to SE.
- Is there a free platform/template out there that mimics the Stack Exchange platform?

I saw Stacked, but 1st impressions it looked a bit rookie.

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See this question on Meta Stack Overflow.

It has a comprehensive list of clones with which technologies they use etc.


See http://www.webresourcesdepot.com/5-free-solutions-to-create-a-question-answer-website/


Another site with an overview of similar web apps: http://www.webappers.com/2010/02/26/stack-overflow-like-open-source-qa-systems-for-download/

  • Is their a clear winner in these apps?
    – jakc
    Apr 12, 2011 at 23:03

I think your best bet if you don't want to pay anything is OSQA.net or http://shapado.com.

But if you'd like a solution where you don't have to bother about hosting or upgrades or complicated installations, then I suggest you check out my companys platform called http://answerbase.com.

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