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Can codidact be used separately from the codidact network with custom local user management?

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I am a research assistant at a technical university and have been tasked by our chair to find a software to host our internal Q&As on.

My collegues and I have been doing small code snippets and lengthy calculations and made frequent use of the stack exchange network, so it felt natural to us to use their product or a similarly structured software like codidact.

However, we ran into some issues with stack exchange for teams, as our university mandates, that we use only self/locally hosted solutions. With this requirement, we are not elegible for the discouted stack exchange price, which they offer for educational purposes.

I have been setting up a codidact testing environment on my machine, and I noticed only after completing the setup, that while the site is running locally, the user management is not. I would rather reuse our own existing authentication and credentials framework.

So my question is this: Can codidact (when locally hosted) be used separately from the codidact network with our own user management?

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Hi! Developer here. When you say the user management is not running locally, what do you mean? Users ... (1 comment)

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Yes, you can.

Codidact’s platform is open-source for a reason. Anyone can clone the repositories and use the software however they want, provided that you follow the terms of the license that the source code is published under.

If you have any questions or run into a problem getting your instance of the code up and running, you can ask for help on our Codidact Collab site. They might be able to answer questions on how to better integrate your authentication system.

Allowing people to run their own versions of our software has always been something we've wanted to support.

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Yes, you can.

Usually, when people uses my product I become happy. If you just clone the git repository than I will say to put your website under CC BY 3.0 (your site is copy-paste of our code) or CC BY SA 3.0. I have some suggestion (it may not be for you either).

I have recently seen a person who were trying to host his own site using "our" code. As far as I know, that person don't have much more idea of ruby-on-rails and mysql. Although, he was trying to build a site with our code. Whenever he faces problem he must come to us cause he doesn't have idea of ruby-on-rails.

Sometimes, you may ask that page A isn't working properly in your site but, it's working here; How can I fix that? Literally, we don't have any idea what you are doing with your code (our code in your system). For that reason, whenever asking question in Collab remember to show us your code.

ruby-on-rails is much more harder than people thinks. Once of my friend in CD said,"After QPixel, I have really hated Ruby. Being a JavaScript developer is a miracle." He was referring to ruby-on-rails rather than ruby. If you don't have any experience with ruby-on-rails than don't use QPixel.

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What does this have to do with the question? (7 comments)
That sounds like a reasonable assessment of my situation and I value your advice. To make sure I unde... (4 comments)

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