Run your own stackoverflow clone with WordPress plugin

26 April 2011 comment icon0 | Categories: plugins

When stackoverflow launched a few years ago I instantly fell in love with it. Seemingly everyone else did too and it has now become the defacto place for developers to go to get answers to some of the most obscure problems and challenges we all face on a daily basis. I’ve yet to come across a problem that I couldn’t get some really useful help from some of the smartest people on the planet over there.

Ever wanted to run a stackoverflow type of website for yourself? Well now you can. WPMU just launched their new Q&A plugin called Q&A (funnily enough!) The plugin costs $99 but believe me – this is a minute fraction of what you would pay to have a stackoverflow.com clone coded from scratch. I’ve not had the chance to take the plugin for a spin yet but from what I’ve seen thus far it looks great.

One thing I’d say is that the default look and feel is very very similar to stackoverflow which is probably a bad thing and might piss off the folks over there a bit. A bit more work to make the plugin look a bit more unique might be a good idea for future releases not least to keep stackoverflow happy but also to show users how the plugin can be customised to their unique needs.

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