Developer Community Answers Software (Commercial, SaaS, Open Source)

One of the most popular developer answers sites in Stack Overflow (SO). SO is so popular that some developer programs use it for their support and answer site by incorporating specific tags for their company, developer program and products. Did you know that there are answer software solutions available that you can integrate into your community site? Here are just a few of the many commercial and free answer software systems.

Commercial Answers Software

Commercial Online Answers Sites

  • AllAnswered –
  • Askbot –
  • Haydle Enterprise Q&A –
  • Questions for Confluence –

Free/open Source Answers Software

  • Biostar –
  • OSQA –
  • PaizaQA –
  • QAror –
  • Question2Answer –

Do you use other Question/Answer software?

Send me an email if you use other commercial, online or open source question/answer software systems.


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David Intersimone “David I”
Vice President of Developer Communities
Evans Data Corporation
Skype: davidi99
Twitter: @davidi99

Alexander Graham Bell’s Telephone Patent Birthday

Alexander Graham Bell’s patent #174,465, “Improvement in Telegraphy”, was issued today, March 7, 1876, by the U.S. Patent Office. The patent covered “a method of, and apparatus for, transmitting two or more telegraphic signals simultaneously along a single wire by the employment of transmitting-instruments, each of which occasions a succession of electrical impulses differing in rate from the others; and of receiving instruments, each tuned to a pitch at which it will be put in vibration to produce its fundamental note by one only of the transmitting instruments; and of vibratory’circuit breakers operating to convert the vibratory movement of the receiving-instrument into a permanent make or break (as the case may be) of a local circuit, in which is placed, a Morse sounder, register, or other telegraphic apparatus.”

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What does this have to do with developers, software development and developer relations? We take for granted that we can communicate voice and data anywhere, anytime using multiple devices and technologies. The earliest developer relations program site I used was built on top of the Wildcat BBS bulletin board software made by Mustang Software, Inc.  I connected to the BBS using a modem card, acoustic coupler and telephone. The next generation developer relations site was built on CompuServe with its email, groups and upload/download capabilities. Today we can create full featured developer programs in the cloud and connect via high speed internet.



Regardless of the technology, the infrastructure or the software, developers till care about the same developer program features: asking questions, communicating with other developers, download latest builds, and receiving emails about upcoming events and news. What started more than one hundred and forty years ago, now allows us to be connected with our members 24×7 and provide a wide range of services to move software development forward at light speed. I remember the 300 and 1200 baud modems and the hours waiting for a large download to complete. Today I can simultaneously download an operating system, grab a technology stack update, watch a programming webinar, track the status of a complex build, test and deploy, get answers on Stack Overflow, and use Slack to share latest ideas and updates with my distributed team members.



Thank you Alexander Graham Bell and the millions of other inventors, dreamers and engineers that provide us with the ideas, tools, frameworks, libraries, devices, services, and platforms that we use everyday, sometimes without even realizing what makes it all work. It’s amazing how far we’ve come in just under 1.5 centuries. With the pace of innovation we see today and with a global developer population of more than 21 million, I can’t wait to see what appears in the coming minutes!

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Vice President of Developer Communities
Evans Data Corporation
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Twitter: @davidi99


Developer Relations Best Practices and Tools of the Trade – Webinar Info and Links

As part of my DevRelate webinar presentation, “Developer Relations Best Practices and Tools of the Trade“, I am providing the links to the tools, websites, bloggers and other resources that I used for each of the seven best practices I cover in this week’s webinar. As I mention in the webinar, Evans’s Data Tactical Marketing – Developer Marketing and Developer Relations Programs – developer research reports provide hundreds of best practices that could have covered. Since I have to start somewhere, I’ve started with seven. My plan is to cover additional best practices and tools in future DevRelate webinars. Stay tuned to the DevRelate blog for news about additional webinars, dates and times.

Evans Data Tactical Marketing Reports

You can find the table of contents and a few sample pages from each report on the pages linked below. Contact our salesx team if you want to purchase the reports. The release schedule for all of our 2017 research reports can be found at


Seven Best Practices

Seven Best Practices Covered in this week’s Webinar

  • Social Media
  • Blogs
  • Newsletters
  • Webinars
  • Videos
  • Documentation
  • Answers


Social Media

Blogging tools:


  • The Art of Social Media, Power Tips for Power Users – Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick –




Blogs for developers and DevRel professionals (you should also follow and collaborate with):

Thought/Tech leader blogs:


Platform/Language blogs:


News/Press blogs/articles:


  • Word Press Newsletter Plugin – free plugin to add newsletter features to your WordPress based site or blog. Integrates with WordPress standard login form.
  • Newsletter Archive Plugin Extension – adds a smart tag that you can put on a page to create and update when you create new newsletters.
  • Oracle Eloqua – cloud based marketing automation driving dynamic journeys.
  • Marketo – marketing automation for companies of any size.




  • MediaWiki – open source wiki project written in PHP. Used by Wikipedia and Wikimedia. You can use the Book Creator extension to select Wiki pages and create a book. You can use the Collection extension to create collections of Wiki pages and export them as a PDF or a book. You can take your collections and have a book printed on demand by PediaPress.
  • Calibre – free, open source e-book management tool for creating and converting content for eBooks. You can create and edit eBooks for major eBook formats. It also has a feature to synchronize eBooks to book reading devices.



Email me if you need additional help, links, tools, info

You can find additional tools and links that I use on my earlier blog post, “Developer Relations Tools of the Trade“. I will keep updating this blog post throughout the week. If you have tools, links and other resources to add, send me an email.

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David Intersimone “David I”
Vice President of Developer Communities
Evans Data Corporation
Skype: davidi99
Twitter: @davidi99