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I would like to pick your brain on the following issue:

I am looking to create a discussion board, basically something similar to SharePoint Stack Exchange site: A site where users can share and answer to each other questions.

How I would like it to be is also similar as how this site works.

  • A user ask a question which can be answered by everyone.
  • Once answers appear, I would like to rate the answers so that the most rated rise to the top and show first.
  • Questions are tagged to ease their search.
  • Users earn reputation based on their contribution and the quality of their answers.

I am just wondering if it is possible to have such a site embedded in a SharePoint site.

What about the Discussion board tool available in SharePoint, would that be an option to consider? If not, what would be your recommendations?

Thank you!

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If you are using SharePoint 2013 or later, create a subsite based on the "Community Site" template. It supports questions and answers, and even a point based scoring system with titles/metals if you like. Tagging will not work exactly the same, but you can create categories of questions.

  • Thanks for your quick response Mike. I am afraid we are using SharePoint 2010... community sites are not available for the 2010 version? Also, within the community site, is it possible to create alerts when questions are answered? – David Mar 15 '18 at 20:22
  • Community Sites were added with SP 2013. Yes, you can create alerts. – Mike Smith - MCT - MVP Mar 15 '18 at 20:32

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