Start Your Own African Hacker News, Reddit, Quora, Digg with Free, Ready to Use Open Source Code

Screen Shot 2013-01-23 at 12.30.55 AM 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.

The most prominent link sharing communities are Reddit, Hackers NewsSlashdot, StumbleUpon (Sorry I won’t include Digg, Delicious, and Google+ which are now ghost towns).

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,, Yahoo! Answers,

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 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:

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:

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:


Pligg wants to be a stylish and well designed version of the above link sharing communities. It has a free and a commercial version. You can learn more about Pligg here:


Hotaru is a powerful cms to make your own Digg-style community. It has nearly 100 plugins to choose from to customize for various needs. You can learn more about Hotaru here:

:Question & Answers Open source code


OSQA is a full-featured Q&A community. Users earn points and badges for useful participation. You can learn more about OSQA, and download the source code here:


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:


Qwench is a PHP/mySQL based StackOverflow clone. More info and download here:


Stacked An Open Source implementation of, basically an advanced questions/answers management system for support, forums, FAQs and similar systems.


Lampcms is an open source high-performance program for creating Questions/Answers website. More info here:


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:


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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of, Founder of, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at

One Response to “Start Your Own African Hacker News, Reddit, Quora, Digg with Free, Ready to Use Open Source Code”

  1. David Okwii

    Thanks for this information. I just disagree on the mindset of african innovators creating their own versions of Technologies/ventures that succeed in the west. In short, it doesn’t usually work because of mainly different cultures and values of these continents. We in Africa for instance don’t have a culture of sharing information freely with others. On a Tech website that i run(, we add “forums” hoping that people would create accounts and start to freely share what they knew. For one month, it shocked us that we only had one sign-up! Now try to build a stackoverflow for instance for the African community, please drop me an email(, i would be more than delighted to know of its progress.

    Meanwhile Mawuna, why don’t you use disqus as the commenting system? Find this difficult to use.


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