I was looking over Stack Exchange to see something about donations or another system that provides financial sustainability to Super User, and I didn't find anything. Stack Exchange must require a huge infrastructure, such as computers, bandwith, backups, database servers, etc.

So, how does Stack Exchange survive? Are there any sponsors? Besides moderators, who maintains the sites?

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    I forgot to tell that I didint find any ads on any stackexchange forums as well...
    – Diogo
    Commented Aug 15, 2011 at 18:34
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    Well I've never found a forum around here either :P
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Aug 16, 2011 at 14:22
  • StackOverFlow may be as a part of community organizations in US... MAYBE! So get fees from government. Or worse maybe sell IDEAS ... WOW!
    – user354352
    Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 15:23

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There is a post on Meta Stack Overflow explaining Stack Exchange's business model.

Donations have been suggested before, but have always been rejected, for various reasons.

Stack Exchange is maintained by the SE Team, most of which work remotely.

In early 2011, SE received an influx of venture capital money as well.

  • Nice, thanks for your revealing response.
    – Diogo
    Commented Aug 15, 2011 at 18:36

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