From the very beginning, the Internet has been all about sharing, asking questions and receiving answers from peers, corporates, or a communities. In fact, the websites with the maximum of traffic and users’ engagement are those that enable direct interaction people and machine based on sharing, commenting, asking questions and sharing knowledge.
There are hundreds of Questions and answers websites, some professional, some community based, but all receive a huge amount of traffic and grow fast in membership. The most popular are Answers.com, Allexperts.com, Yahoo! Answers, Ask.com.
Now, if you want to start your own African version or a niche version of Reddit, Quora, Digg or StackOverflow, you don’t have to hire an expensive developer or designer for that. There are tens of free, ready to use open source code you can install in less than 5 minutes and get started. For example, I have used one of this code to start Return2Africa.com which is a question and answer website dedicated to African in the diaspora who are looking for answers to prepare and return to Africa.
Here they are:
:Link sharing community Open source code
Hacker New’s open source code
Hacker News is the Tech/developers link sharing community started by Paul Graham. The code is open source under the name of ARC, and you can download it here: https://github.com/nex3/arc
Reddit open source code
Reddit is the world leading link sharing community. You can download the code underlying reddit itself here. It’s open source, available on github, and written primarily in Python: https://github.com/reddit/reddit/wiki
Slashdot open source code
Slashdot is the best tech mixed with politic link sharing community in the work. You can start your own Slashdot using the “slashcode” available here: http://www.slashcode.com/www.slashcode.com/about.shtml
:Question & Answers Open source code
Question2Answer is the most popular Question and answers open source community. It’s actively developed, available in a dozen of languages and supported by a growing community of developers. You can learn more about Question2answer here: http://www.question2answer.org/
Qwench is a PHP/mySQL based StackOverflow clone. More info and download here: http://anantgarg.com/2009/12/09/php-stackoverflow-clone/
Coordino is a question and answer system to create a niche “question and answer” site for comic book collecting, fans or a knowledge base solution for a company intranet. More info here: http://www.coordino.com/
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