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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?
Answer by rick , Husband, father, coffee addict, dork · Jan 21, 2011 at 07:33 AM
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org](mailto:email@example.com). We would be happy to explore possibilities with you.
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.