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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 '11 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 '11 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.

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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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