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moms4mom.com (a stackexchange 1.0 website edit: at least, it started as one) seems to be in direct conflict with parenting.SE ... Was that decided to be a non-issue, and for sites to compete, live, and die as they could?

Not that I don't appreciate SE sites & like 'em better, but it seems sad that all the existing effort on questions & answers there may come to waste.

  • possible duplicate of Moms4Mom merge possibility? – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Apr 6 '11 at 18:14
  • @torbengb Not a duplicate; this question centrally addresses a perceived conflict of interest not addressed in the other question at all. – Chris W. Rea Apr 8 '11 at 14:15
  • You're right, that's two distinct issues. – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Apr 8 '11 at 14:48
  • What conflict of interest would that be? Do you possibly mean that there is competition between the sites? That's true. Competition is good for us. – Lennart Regebro Apr 9 '11 at 8:57
  • @Lennart See blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/04/changes-to-stack-exchange ... "[...] Once again, our goal is to make the Internet a better place to get expert answers to your questions. Competing with existing sites that do a great job of that is not in our mission. [...]" – Chris W. Rea Apr 10 '11 at 14:22
  • @Chris: So not a conflict of interest at all then. If they are outside of the mission or not I don't know, but I don't think it's a problem. – Lennart Regebro Apr 10 '11 at 16:22
  • Because "mom" is American English it will probably annoy the crap out of British English speakers who'll go to parenting instead. Plus you're excluding the male contingent :) – adolf garlic Jun 1 '11 at 11:53
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Refer back to blog.stackoverflow.com - Changes to Stack Exchange. Quote:

Q: What if a new, community-created site competes with my existing, old-rules Stack Exchange?

If your existing Stack Exchange site already has developed a substantial community, we’ll encourage people to go there, rather than creating yet another Stack Exchange on the same topic. Once again, our goal is to make the Internet a better place to get expert answers to your questions. Competing with existing sites that do a great job of that is not in our mission.

However, if your Stack Exchange site does not have substantial traffic, we reserve the right to create a new site on the same topic.

My own thoughts & analysis:

  • Technically, "we [Stack Overflow] reserve the right" covers the case at hand.

  • But I would point out that moms4mom.com is, IMHO, a well-functioning community doing a great job and having sufficient traffic. I'm personally surprised the proposal for parenting.SE has made it all the way to beta. I was expecting it to be delayed – for a while, but not forever.

  • However, a counter-point could be that once moms4mom.com moved off the Stack Exchange platform (to OSQA), it no longer fell under the first specific condition above, being "If your existing Stack Exchange site already has developed..."

  • But I would point out that even on OSQA, moms4mom.com still "makes the Internet a better place."

I see no clear cut-and-dry answer, and I think both communities have genuine, authentic goals, so I think you're right in qualifying "conflict-of-interest" with kinda.

It's simply unfortunate that there are now two communities, but c'est la vie.

A wise man once wrote:

"Things are the way they are because they got that way." - Gerald Weinberg

  • I agree with the facts and sentiments, including the "unfortunate" part. – Kzqai Apr 10 '11 at 13:01
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