Today, the guys behind StackExchange (Unity Answer's engine) announced big changes to their business model that affects all sites which use the engine.
Among them is the desire to migrate all existing sites to a free and open format where the users own the questions.
Will Unity continue to use StackExchange? Will this site stay up?
We can operate on the current system for at least another year.
The current system allows export of all data (questions,answers,users,reputationpoints, badges), and there are several alternative providers that provide imports of those data dumps. We're still looking at what our best options is. For now, nothing is going to change, we'll keep you updated when something does.
Happy asking & answering :)
From the blog post you linked:
Q: What happens with existing Stack
We dont want to harm any communities
that have already successfully gotten
off the ground. This harks back to our
Make the Internet a better place to
get expert answers to your questions.
Community is hard to build, and we
want to work with you to preserve it
if youve already done that with Stack
Exchange. If we closed down or
competed with the existing, successful
Stack Exchange sites, that would
conflict with our goals.
- Existing Stack Exchange sites will be kept open, under existing
rules, for at least three months, and
at least one year if you have an
active site (defined as ten or more
visitors or more on April 8th).
- You will not have to pay for these sites, ever.
- Well give you at least 3 months notice before shutting down any site.
- Well always make your data available for download.
- If your site remains very active, wed love to work with you to
migrate it to the new, community-owned
Stack Exchange platform. That would be
the best thing that could happen to a
Stack Exchange 1.0 site, in our
opinion: that way your site can take
advantage of our existing resources
and expansive community.
Basically, it sounds like since UnityAnswers is an active community, they will most likely leave it alone for a while at least. At worst, they will work to migrate it to the new system, assuming Unity is willing to cooperate (and I don't see any reason they wouldn't be).
Another blog post on Migration of SE 1.0 Sites (which the version of UnityAnswers), including advantages and disadvantages of switching to the SE 2.0 code.
Personally, I think it might be worth migrating (although UT's opinion is the only one that matters :) . There are a lot of cool features in the StackOverflow codebase that are not in the StackExchange codebase (which forked off from SO, and went their own merry way). For instance:
Interview with Lead Developer David Fullerton
Stack Overflow has continued their
development separately from Stack
Exchange, adding features like
improved searching, interface
improvements, better notifications and
collaboration, and now theyre even
talking about a new chat application.
Will Stack Exchange get all this new
David: Yes! We decided that, for SE
2.0, it would actually be easier to start from the Stack Overflow code
base and selectively pull over the
best of the Stack Exchange changes we
made over the months.