Proposal: Code commissions

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  • You have a point. I should search for other licenses, like the GPL. Will probably come up with an answer once I have checked them. Oct 12, 2012 at 13:15
  • @ThanasisPapoutsidakis I believe all content on Stack Exchange sites are CC-BY-SA with no exceptions. That probably makes this entire idea not feasible for the Stack Exchange service. Oct 12, 2012 at 13:16
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    what a pity. :-/ I then should withdraw the proposal and probably support sites like Code Review, which is already a public beta. Thanks a lot for telling me! Oct 12, 2012 at 14:16
  • @ThanasisPapoutsidakis Probably premature. I'm not sure what the specifics are. An expert or someone from Stack Exchange would have to weigh in. It's just a potential problem to address. Oct 12, 2012 at 14:22
  • I sent a mail to stack exchange. We'll probably learn what should be done in some time. Oct 12, 2012 at 14:44
  • Hi, I have created a proposal regarding open source licensing: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/58715/… Sep 24, 2013 at 5:43

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I'm going to jump over the specifics of licensing to get to the broader problem:

Stack Exchange is not designed for these types of solicitations. Whether its for employment inquiries, work for hire, blog posts needed, programmers wanted, code wanted, etc, Stack Exchange simply does not provide that type of service.

Please see http://stackexchange.com/about.

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