I was wondering, since the license aligns with being able to use the layout / design, as long as credit is given, if I would be able to see the source code of how to program the question/coding format. (Can you already do that?)

I am not concerned with the "voting" aspect of the site, but rather how to create the question format and tags (code, bold, italic). I have practically 2-3 months experience with web-based applications and would not have any clue how to do this from scratch.

The reason behind my developing of something similar would be for a group of programmers to show our code (in house), without needing to go to Stack Exchange, and review it/make edits. It would also be a little bit more private.

The question / commenting format would be all I am really concerned with.


If you're really interested only in the Markdown to HTML conversion, then Stack Overflow seems to use PageDown on the client and markdownsharp on the server, both are open source.

Though what you're describing sounds like a job for a wiki, and there is a huge number of those, I think some of them support Markdown too (most have their own formatting language, including the most well-known, MediaWiki).

  • \$\begingroup\$ Yep, this is more aimed at what I was asking. Mainly the formatting of code/comments/text which seems like that's what Markdown is. I looked at other 'clones' and they aren't really that appealing - so I think I will take a closer look at this. Thanks! \$\endgroup\$ – Mark Feb 13 '14 at 13:44

I was wondering, since the license aligns with being able to use the layout / design...

The license footer states something different:

site design / logo © 2014 stack exchange inc; user contributions licensed under cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution required

The design, site and all the code in it is under a "all rights reserved" license. The content (questions, answers, comments, tag wikis and similar) is under the CC-BY-SA.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Totally overlooked that semi-colon. Great catch - thanks for the comment, @Bobby. \$\endgroup\$ – Mark Feb 14 '14 at 19:08

The software is not open-source.

It's available but expensive (and I don't know whether it's available as source code).

There are several clones if you'd like to look at those.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, ChrisW! I'll take a look at the links you provided. \$\endgroup\$ – Mark Feb 13 '14 at 0:06

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