I recently stumbled across http://skilltrainingcomplete.com. Obviously, it looks like it's using the same engine as the Stack Exchange sites, or is doing a very good job of imitating it. It doesn't look like it's connected with Stack Exchange at all, though.

It says the engine it uses is Shapado. What's the affiliation here?

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    I think it's one of those stack exchange 1.0 sites that had to switch to something else
    – badp
    Jun 25, 2011 at 7:27
  • Tangentially related, but if you see sites that mass-copy our content, make sure they're doing it right and complain otherwise.
    – Nick T
    Jul 4, 2011 at 3:25

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None whatsoever. Shapado is not the same engine as StackExchange, it's a clone.

Basically, people decided they wanted their own website like StackExchange but control it themselves, so they built open-source engines based on it which you can host yourself.

As such, they seem similar, but there is in fact no affiliation at all between them and us.


I'm the admin of Skill Training Complete. We were originally a StackExchange site but were unable to get the following required to survive the proposal process so I moved to Shapado so that the community could continue.

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