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Experts Exchange
Experts Exchange logo.svg
Available in English
Owner Randy Redberg
Slogan(s) Solve, Learn, Network
Alexa rank Increase 5,634 (February 2014)
Commercial yes
Registration yes
Launched 1996
Current status active (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.


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

Experts Exchange went bankrupt in 2001[1] after venture capitalists moved the company to San Mateo, CA, and was brought back largely through the efforts of unpaid volunteers.[2]

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.[3] Its users are mainly young to middle-aged males in the IT field.[4] Originally, Experts Exchange could be reached by visiting, which can be read as "Expert Sex Change".[5]

In the past, the site employed HTTP cookie and HTTP referer inspection to selectively display content. 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.[6]

In response to the obfuscation techniques that prevented anonymous users from seeing answer content, a few members of the community wrote articles[7][8][9][10] about how to bypass the obfuscation.

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  1. ^ Young, Greg. "Patterns aren't just for software. (Copy of Experts Exchange's newsletter on 2005/10/04)". Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  2. ^ "Expert-Exchange's Topic". Experts-Exchange. 2003-01-18. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  3. ^ "Experts-Exchange 3 million solutions". Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  4. ^ "Audience profile for Experts-Exchange". Quantcast. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  5. ^ " Double Meanings Domains". 
  6. ^ "Experts Exchange Sucks Now? Make It Work For You Again!". 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  7. ^ "Experts Exchange sucks!". Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  8. ^ "Experts-Exchange Sucks More, Employing Obfuscation to Force Signup". Archived from the original on 20 April 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Feb 07 2009 (2009-02-07). "Desuckifying Experts Exchange". Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  10. ^

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