Will it be open source? Will it cost money? What are the main features...I understand the experience will be like Quora. And, most important, does Qato means I should invest lots of time and energy in customizing and localizing OSQA and I should wait?

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Yeah I have precisely the same questions as Nir Ofir. Very exited about Qato!

(21 Jan '11, 05:38) dgql

Qato is a full-featured social Q&A platform - an engine that permits you to create highly scalable and customizable Q&A communities which integrate deeply into your organization's web infrastructure. Qato is a commercial software-as-a-service product from DZone, the company behind OSQA. Being a hosted service, Qato is fundamentally different from OSQA.

Qato is 100% brand new, built from the ground up for extensibility and scalability with all the insights we have learned from building and supporting OSQA - one of the world's most popular open source Q&A community systems.

Qato delivers a multitude of new features such as theme support, social network integration, the ability to follow users, topics and questions, and fine-grained control over content access and moderation privileges. Qato makes it easy to divide your social Q&A knowledge-base into "spaces" to keep it organized and relevant, helping users find answers to their questions more quickly and effectively. Qato is a pleasure to administer.

Although Qato and OSQA share no code whatsoever, it is a simple matter to migrate from OSQA to Qato. One of Qato's themes emulates OSQA so closely that most users won't be able to tell the difference. Of course, Qato can do lots of things OSQA cannot, so it would be a pity to simply run Qato as an OSQA clone.

Qato is not software that you download and run on your own server, but rather it is sold as a hosted "software-as-a-service" product that lets you to get started instantly and frees you from maintenance headaches. For most clients we partner with Amazon to provide hosting via EC2. Qato is easy to extend with custom plugins, easy to style with Wordpress-like theme packages, and easy to integrate with a RESTful services api. SDKs for theme and plugin developers are available, as will service api documentation and examples.

Qato is currently powering the DynDNS support community and will soon launch for another major tech company's support site. DZone is also working with select partners on early-access deployments. If you feel Qato might be right for you, then feel free to contact sales@dzone.com. We would be happy to explore possibilities with you.

Rick Ross
DZone, Inc. - President

P.S. - I would also like to add that DZone remains strongly committed to continuing our support for OSQA as a powerful, reliable, open source Q&A community solution. In fact, we have recently added new development staff devoted exclusively to OSQA, and the SVN commit rate and issue resolutions have been climbing. DZone loves OSQA, and it will have our support for a long time to come.


answered 21 Jan '11, 07:33

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what is the eta? why building from scratch and not pushing it to osqa? and does anyone here familiar of sites implementing osqa and adding the social features rick mentioned?

(21 Jan '11, 09:59) Nir Ofir

@Nir, we're pretty familiar with the OSQA ecosystem, and we are confident that nothing in the OSQA space comes anywhere close to the platform quality of Qato as a social Q&A engine.

Why building from scratch? DZone is a business, and we decided we could build Qato best from scratch rather than on any existing foundation.

(21 Jan '11, 10:43) rickross ♦♦

this sounds awesome.

(31 Jan '11, 11:24) debug


I'm really interested. If I develop on OSQA, then I won't have a problem migrating to Qato in the near future? I think OSQA great but it lacks grouping/categorizing and also creating community (friends) and social media/connecting features. If QATO will do that, it would be worth a fee.


(31 Jan '11, 13:59) EFL Classroom

@EFL Classroom, I'm sorry I missed this comment many moons ago. We're intrigued by the possibilities for Qato in teaching contexts, so I'd love to hear from you. Please get in touch.

(20 Apr '11, 12:02) rickross ♦♦

Good to hear about this innovation...

But, as someone who was burned when the stack-exchange platform was taken away, how do we know something similar won't happen? Isn't that one of the reasons that lots of people came to OSQA?

Not trying to be a jerk, but this is a critical issue.

(01 Jun '11, 18:34) jorgem

@jorgem, we have no insight into the decision-making process that led Joel and Jeff at StackExchange to change course, but their choices and rationale have no relevance or bearing on how DZone makes decisions. We're in business for the long haul, and we fund ourselves by selling goods and service profitably - not with venture capital. When you buy service from DZone, you get a great value from a committed team with a long track record of success.

Honestly, I have no idea how anyone could possibly answer for someone else's flakiness? Just because the StackExchange guys pulled the rug out from under you doesn't mean DZone or anyone else will. We're businessmen, and we want your business. You can be very confident that we'll be here to take your money for a long time to come!

(01 Jun '11, 19:38) rickross ♦♦

Is that to say that OSQA isn't scalable?

(02 Jun '11, 19:12) bcoughlan

@bcoughlan, it is ambiguous what the "that" in your comment refers to, so it's hard to respond. OSQA powers some pretty substantial sites, but Qato already powers sites that handle several times as much traffic as the largest OSQA sites we know of. Could OSQA do it? Maybe, but Qato clearly can.

(02 Jun '11, 20:31) rickross ♦♦
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Pricing ???


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