So what's the deal ForceClose.com? (that should be read with a Seinfeld impression)

But seriously, it appears to be the same thing as android.stackexchange.com. What's there relation? Was it built before they stopped offering custom stackexchange implementations? Does SE own it or is it completely unrelated to the SE network? Is it going to be merged with A.SE or are the two sites rivals? Is A.SE and ForceClose going to have a Q&A showdown at high noon to determine the top Android Answer site? WTF!?

  • It looks like it's just running Stack Exchange, but not a Joel/Jeff group site. Also includes zergoverflow.com, askaboutgadgets.com, home4film.com.. but run by siriusapplications.com and they sell tshirts?
    – glasnt
    Sep 22, 2010 at 23:34
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    forceclose.com web page displays: "The website "www.forceclose.com" has been disabled. If you are the administrator of this Stack Exchange 1.0 site, please email [email protected] with any questions you may have." Is all the data lost?
    – Eduardo
    Sep 18, 2011 at 15:22
  • And now I get "too many redirects" from Chrome. It looks dead. I haven't checked to see how much might have been saved on the Wayback Machine.
    – ale
    Jul 10, 2012 at 19:28

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I'm the administrator of Force Close. Robert did offer for us to join the StackExchange 2.0 network, but I declined because I want to keep ownership of the site. I plan to move to OSQA or some other clone when our subscription expires, and I am going to continue promoting the site.

Summary: Q&A showdown at high noon.

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    I will still continue to support both exchanges :)
    – Bryan Denny Mod
    Sep 23, 2010 at 13:18
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    Stack Exchange works best when there's only one site for each topic. Otherwise you're just diluting the pool of people answering and asking questions, so people are duplicating the same stuff in multiple places, not getting the answers they could, etc. Since all our content is CC, I should be able to copy all my questions here, right?
    – endolith
    Oct 11, 2010 at 2:04
  • @isaacWaller, The site does not seem to be available anymore, where have you gone?
    – Kortuk
    Oct 20, 2011 at 23:33

ForceClose was an independently-owned Stack Exchange site from when we offered subscription services. They did not wish to join with android.SE. Once their site expires, they will no longer operate using the Stack Exchange software. I do not know what their plans are for the future.


See also ForceClose's equivalent of this question from a little while ago: What is the relationship between ForceClose.com and the Area51 Android proposal?

  • Hrm. I'm seeing a lot of similar names between that thread and this one.... Sep 26, 2010 at 4:25

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