All SE sites are Q&A sites at the moment. That's fine.

Perhaps there could be other sites, similar to the SE sites, which are not Q&A but would greatly benefit from the same concepts, e.g. community moderation, solely CC-BY-SA content etc.

I already know Would SE consider a site that wanted to use the SE framework, but not implement the same rules and guidelines?

However, maybe Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky could afford (because they are rich, I guess) implementing a new kind of site, perhaps not part of the SE network.

Ok, an example:

A reason why I don't like flickr is the license mixture of the pictures. A site that has CC-BY-SA pictures only would be great. Wikimedia Commons is also nice, but is too complex to use and does not have a good tagging and rating system.

Imagine a flickr with CC-BY-SA images only, other images linked as similar by users (not that automatic detection), retagging and rephrasing by users as well. Basically, a StackExchange site, just without the possibility to answer.


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Basically, a StackExchange site, just without the possibility to answer.

So instead of a "Q&A site", just a "Q site"? While your idea sounds interesting, it doesn't fit the ethos behind what StackExchange sites are.

  • Why not use Wordpress, but without the blogging features and allow open sign-up?
  • Why not use a wiki, except restrict which links people can make?
  • Why not use GitHub, an have people upload binary images into folders in the codebase?

All of these would technically work, but each example goes against what makes each platform unique.

StackExchange is a platform for asking questions, getting answers and voting on which answer is "the best". Your proposal wouldn't fit this platform at all.


  • Wordpress: How would people moderate themselves there? There's e.g. no reputation model and I doubt it could handle so many users and performance is too bad. Wiki: as I mentioned, it is too complex, also no voting. Github: I'm not familiar with it, but if I compare it to SVN, no moderation tools, no reputation model. None of your counter-examples is even close. StackExchange: that's why I said, "not part of the SE network". That said, your answer can be reduced to a simple "no" and therefore not very convincing. Commented Dec 5, 2014 at 21:17
  • Voting on what? Yes all of those platforma are unsuitable. Which was the point. You want something new. So build it.
    – user88642
    Commented Dec 5, 2014 at 21:59
  • But how do you know that the SE platform is similarly unsuitable for my idea? I think it is quite suitable. Commented Dec 5, 2014 at 22:18
  • I've pointed it out. You want to use a text-based Question/answer platform to host an image heavy forum with no ability to answer. Does that seem appropriate to you?
    – user88642
    Commented Dec 5, 2014 at 22:22
  • As this esteemed mathematician put it... i.qkme.me/3q497c.jpg
    – user88642
    Commented Dec 5, 2014 at 22:23
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    Ok, I think I got it. Commented Dec 5, 2014 at 22:26

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