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Is there a free, open-source question and answer (Q&A) application similar to StackExchange?

Does anyone know of a hosted version of Yahoo! Answers (or Stackoverflow/Superuser) that I could integrate with my site? I know that there are some open-source implementations (see Stack Overflow Clones) but I'd rather have some hosted if possible.

I know there is Stack Exchange as well, but I really want some tight integration with the rest of my site. Failing that, has anyone got any experience with the open source versions?

Some of them look a little, erm, unfinished...

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Is there a CMS involved here? You're asking for integration, but not saying with what. Or how, for that matter. Just accounts, actual content, etc. – Su' Feb 9 '11 at 11:05
Yes, I wasn't clear. All I need is for the site to be visually consistent with my main site (which will run a CMS, probably Wordpress or something similar), and to run on the same domain (though I appreciate it may have to be a subdomain of my main site if it's hosted elsewhere). – Neil Feb 12 '11 at 17:29

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We were running Question2Answer for a bit, though we're currently working on an in house clone of it, since we have a few unusual needs and had to do a fair number of new features anyway.

However, our experience with it was positive for the most part - the developer is fairly active, and it was fairly problem free for running a small Q&A site.

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Question2Answer looks good. It's not hosted, but if I have to run the software myself it looks like a good choice. – Neil Feb 12 '11 at 17:31

Well, you might still pick one of the open source solutions and keep upgrading your Q&A site as the software matures.

If you need more info about askbot - that's the one I am developing - just drop by at the site and ask or email

With askbot upgrades are normally painless and the product is stable. There are more test cases than in any other similar product I know of, no known critical bugs and the development is steady.

Of course there are other open source solutions available and you know where to find them...

Also I want to add that I am gathering support team right now and I might be able to match your needs with the developers who can execute them and at the same time contribute to the main project.

edit: I want to defend open source solutions here. They give an advantage to the client - not to depend on a single entity for the availability of a service or a product. IT business is quite volatile - StackExchange 1.0 is one example. Secondly - I just do not believe that proprietary products of this class can be sustained at a higher level than the open source in the long run - because forums are relatively simple.

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Thanks, I'll definitely look at Askbot if I end up running the software myself. It's written in Python, which is a plus for me (over PHP anyway). I'd rather it was Scala, but you can't have everything. – Neil Feb 12 '11 at 17:35
Allright :), if you need help - that can be done too. We'll beat the competitors prices pants down! You'll only need to buy hosting (around $10-15 per month) we'll arrange initial installation and the future support (documentation is available too). Thanks! – Evgeny Feb 13 '11 at 18:29

I've installed Vanilla Script for my site :

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