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What will happen if MSE or SE in general be closed someday?

I've made lots of questions here and I would like to have them during my lifetime, If MSE is going to be closed someday, I would really like to have my questions and favorites with answers in pdf, jpg or some kind of text file.

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There is no realistic scenario I can think of that would make SE close the Math site, it's pretty successful. But even if for some reason SE would shut down, all the content is licensed under a Creative Commons license that allows you to reuse it somewhere else (as long as you provide proper attribution).

SE provides a database dump of all graduated sites every few months, you can use that to set up a copy of this site if you like. For every site that was shut down (only beta sites have been shut down, no graduated sites), SE provided a final data dump with all the site content.

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  • $\begingroup$ Economics SE as been dumped, where can I find it? $\endgroup$ – Billy Rubina Aug 23 '12 at 14:00
  • $\begingroup$ @GustavoBandeira area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/1618/economics $\endgroup$ – Mad Scientist Aug 23 '12 at 14:03
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    $\begingroup$ FWIW: most recent dump for graduated sites: clearbits.net/torrents/2076-aug-2012 $\endgroup$ – Shog9 Aug 23 '12 at 17:11
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    $\begingroup$ SE could go bankrupt or be taken over by creditors/investors who demand that the fat be trimmed. For all the activity and usefulness of the site, it's beyond me how our antics here can possibly generate a cash flow for keeping the servers alive. It's not as if we're being shown any paid advertisments, or offered premium memberships for a fee. I can see that SO functions to funnel people into the for-profit Carreers 2.0 job board, but how many employers would pay extra for applications from high-rep mathematicians? $\endgroup$ – Henning Makholm Aug 26 '12 at 13:14
  • $\begingroup$ @HenningMakholm I think I've seen a few paid advertisements on the site from WolframAlpha/Mathematica. That being said, it's beyond me how costs are maintained as well. $\endgroup$ – process91 Aug 26 '12 at 15:40
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    $\begingroup$ @HenningMakholm The additional server cost for this site is probably negligible, SO is far larger than the rest of the network combined. The most expensive part is likely the SE staff keeping an eye on the site. SE seems to wait until a site becomes very large before trying to earn money with it, at the moment only SO, SU and SF have ads and they have Careers. $\endgroup$ – Mad Scientist Aug 26 '12 at 18:23
  • $\begingroup$ :(((((((((((((( $\endgroup$ – mrs Sep 2 '12 at 14:55
  • $\begingroup$ @HenningMakholm You might be interested in searching some old blog posts like this, that or another. To quote: "In 2010, we incorporated as Stack Overflow Internet Services with venture capital funding" $\endgroup$ – Tobias Kienzler Sep 5 '12 at 13:28
  • $\begingroup$ @TobiasKienzler: I don't think I get your point. What am I supposed to conclude from those links? $\endgroup$ – Henning Makholm Sep 5 '12 at 13:37
  • $\begingroup$ @HenningMakholm That SE got enough venture capital do not having to bother about ads for quite some time. So it is very unlikely they go bankrupt $\endgroup$ – Tobias Kienzler Sep 5 '12 at 13:39
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    $\begingroup$ @TobiasKienzler: Even venture capital comes with an expectation of return on investment. If the funders grow impatient, they could swoop in any day and demand that sites that don't generate revenue be shut down. $\endgroup$ – Henning Makholm Sep 5 '12 at 14:47

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