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Experts Exchange
Experts Exchange logo.svg
Available inEnglish
OwnerRandy Redberg
Alexa rankIncrease 3,756 (December 2017)
Current statusActive

Experts Exchange (EE) is a website for people in information technology (IT) related jobs to ask each other for tech help, receive instant help via chat, hire freelancers, and browse tech jobs. Controversy has surrounded their policy of providing answers only via paid subscription.


Experts Exchange went live in October 1996. The first question asked was for a "Case sensitive Win31 HTML Editor".[1]

Experts Exchange went bankrupt in 2001[2] after venture capitalists moved the company to San Mateo, CA, and was brought back largely through the efforts of unpaid volunteers.[3]

Later, Austin Miller and Randy Redberg took ownership of Experts Exchange, and the company was made profitable again. Experts Exchange claims to have more than 3 million solutions.[4] Its users are mainly young to middle-aged males in the IT field.[5] Originally, Experts Exchange could be reached by visiting, which can be read as "Expert Sex Change".[6]

In the past, the site employed HTTP cookie and HTTP referer inspection to display content selectively. The page shown employed JavaScript to display answers to humans after some content showing how to become a member. Subsequently, when an internal link is clicked by the user they are blocked from viewing the answer information until either becoming a paid member or spoofing their browser's User Agent string to a GoogleBot-like user agent.[7]

In response to the obfuscation techniques that prevented anonymous users from seeing answer content, a few members of the community wrote articles[8][9][10][11] about how to bypass the obfuscation.

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  1. ^ "Case sensitivite Win31 HTML Editor". Experts Exchange. 8 October 1996.
  2. ^ Young, Greg. "Patterns aren't just for software. (Copy of Experts Exchange's newsletter on 2005/10/04)". Retrieved 24 February 2008.
  3. ^ "Expert-Exchange's Topic". Experts-Exchange. 18 January 2003. Retrieved 12 February 2007.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Experts-Exchange 3 million solutions". Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Audience profile for Experts-Exchange". Quantcast. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2008.
  6. ^ "Double Meanings Domains".
  7. ^ "Experts Exchange Sucks Now? Make It Work For You Again!". 18 August 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Experts Exchange sucks!". Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Experts-Exchange Sucks More, Employing Obfuscation to Force Signup". Archived from the original on 20 April 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  10. ^ Feb 07 2009 (7 February 2009). "Desuckifying Experts Exchange". Archived from the original on 26 November 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  11. ^ Haddad, Jon. "Experts Exchange should be removed from Google search results — Rustyrazorblade".

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