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You clearly have missed everything since it's exactly the opposite. The internal software architecture is not the issue here, the cloned result presented to users/customers is.



and StackOverflow was unabashedly a derivative of Digg or Reddit. The creators have said so themselves.

How closely to a pre-existing design or market space does a product need to be before it offends you? Do you have a methodology to measure this?

How much time have you spent trying to woo venture capital? In my experience, one of the first questions I get hit with is "is there anyone else doing something similar?" If the answer is no, this is a red flag.

A typical and expected elevator pitch is "its like X but for Y". Hybridization is the game here. It is common and quite acceptable to say "its like X but for China".

The creator of this new product did change something...something critical... "its like StackOverflow but for China".

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and StackOverflow was unabashedly a derivative of Digg or Reddit.

"Derivative", not clone.

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its all "derivative". You simply have a definition of "clone" which I do not share.

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