I don't care what you think about the actual content of this site, but what you think about the presentation: http://ask.sqlservercentral.com/
...because, on July 13, StackExchange may cease to exist for us.
We've been looking into alternatives as well, as we had a Q&A site project ready to launch on the Stackexchange platform.
There appears to be only two real contenders - in terms of overall functionality, stability and active development. That's OSQA which you are asking about, and Shapado. The latter offers hosting plans, which is not the case of OSQA - even though they will refer you to a number of (rather cheap I'd say) hosting providers with instructions about how to set up the engine.
OSQA runs under Django (Python) and uses either MySQL or PostGreSQL. I'm told all SQL calls are now removed from the code and handled by the framework, so it sounds like SQL Anywhere is a serious contender. It's just a question of trying it out. Shapado is a Ruby-on-Rails application.
Both have a somewhat different feature set and seem to be evolving in different directions, Shapado being more 'social'.
As far as we're concerned we will be adopting OSQA. The intention is to get it to work on an Amazon EC2 instance (Windows-based), using SQL Anywhere as the back-end provided we don't have to spend too much time on that. I'll be happy to post the results of our implementation work, but that won't be before October / November of this year.
I'd say go for it, especially since Rick from the OSQA team has offered to set you up.
answered 04 Jul '10, 15:13
Are you asking for the particular "look and feel" or the underlying system?
Originally, the test site had got some questions, answers and comments, I guess primarily by Justin Willey and myself - with the overall feedback to be useable, quite similar to SQLA and having some more interesting features. - It was not much feedback, however...
Somewhat later, the test site seems to have been reloaded with the original SQLA contents, and our comments there have been gone. (And that will hold back more test comments from my side.)
Well, therefore (and because of the obvioulsy helpful support by the OSQA makers), I still think of OSQA as a real alternative.
As to the particular layout, I would prefer the one from the test site.
answered 04 Jul '10, 13:12