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Askbot feature list

I think most people learning of Askbot - at least at the moment - are familiar with the StackOverflow trilogy of sites and its features. And - at least at the moment - many people's question will be "which part of the SO Trilogy's functionality does Askbot cover"?

It would be great to have a detailed comparison chart of what features are available in Askbot and which are not.

Does anybody know whether such a thing exists already outside Askbot? I could imagine somebody has done something like this already but I haven't seen one on neither nor Otherwise, I'll start a list covering what I can see.

Evgeny's avatar
updated 2010-11-22 12:04:06 -0500
Pekka's avatar
asked 2010-04-25 01:11:25 -0500
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  1. Deployment:

    1. Basic set-up in minutes.
    2. Databases: tested in MySQL, PostgresQL >=8.3
    3. Django versions: 1.1.1 - 1.2.3 (for 1.2 need to change dependency Coffin-0.3 -> Coffin-0.3.3 (this will be automated soon)
    4. Askbot will work with other django apps (but please back up database before adding askbot to your site)
  2. Admin interface

    1. change configuration settings through the web - yes
    2. upload logo - yes
  3. Reputation

    1. Reputation system similar to SO - yes
    2. Possibility to mark questions and answers community Wiki - yes
    3. Daily reputation cap - yes
    4. Graphical reputation statistics - yes
  4. Editing

    1. Full featured Markdown editor - yes
    2. Live preview while editing - yes
    3. In-place retag. - yes
    4. Ability to edit other users' questions - yes
    5. Revision history - yes
    6. Graphical diff (highlighting of differences between revisions) - yes
  5. Tags

    1. Basic tagging functionality - yes
    2. Ability to create tags - yes
    3. Extended tag stats (Rankings, questions, answers) - no
    4. Tag badges (Badges for users with x number of upvotes in certain tags) - no
  6. Communication with users

    1. Inbox with the "envelope" in the header - yes
    2. Instant or delayed (batch) email alerts - yes
  7. Error handling

    1. Graceful handling of Ajax errors when actions like upvoting or commenting time out? No
  8. Voting

    1. A vote cast can not be retracted anymore after a certain amount of time - yes
Evgeny's avatar
updated 2010-11-22 12:23:02 -0500
Pekka's avatar
answered 2010-04-25 01:18:36 -0500
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Hey, thanks for helping out. I'm sure we'll add more "yes" items to this list in the near future.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2010-04-25 09:44:04 -0500) edit
@Evgeny great stuff, looking forward to it! I'm looking to set up and customize an Askbot site and learn Python as I go along.
Pekka's avatar Pekka (2010-04-25 14:33:44 -0500) edit
@Pekka, regarding Ajax errors - could you explain what exactly is the issue? Pls, feel free to ask any questions too.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2010-04-25 15:05:23 -0500) edit
@Evgeny when an Ajax request fails (e.g. because of an unstable WLAN connection), an alert shows up "Callback invoke error: error" this is hard to understand for non-programmers. In SO, a tooltip appears, e.g. "something went wrong. Please vote again". This would be nice to have in the long run.
Pekka's avatar Pekka (2010-04-26 04:48:14 -0500) edit
@Evgeny do you think this could be a basis for a "official" comparison chart in the Wiki?
Pekka's avatar Pekka (2010-04-29 03:07:47 -0500) edit
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So I see this stands updated at Nov'10. It would be nice to see another update now with the current list of great features. Thank you.

answered 2012-01-09 11:51:06 -0500
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Here is our changelog in the repo take a look. Most recent additions are on top. This is the best information we can offer right now.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2012-01-09 12:49:14 -0500) edit

Thank you. Today I stumbled on Askbot searching for open source Q&A platforms that I could host. The home page did not make it convincing enough as I would have liked a comprehensive feature list and a prominent link to But once I came here I instantly fell in love with Askbot just for its awesome design. And have been hanging around here trying to figure out all the features myself. So I still believe an features page like OSQA will be helpful.

alooanda's avatar alooanda (2012-01-09 13:34:20 -0500) edit
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