Full featured Q&A platform

Scoold is inspired by StackOverflow and implements most of its features. You can ask and answer questions, upvote and downvote posts, earn badges and reputation. Each edit creates an new revision, making it easy to follow the history of edits.

Ready for cloud deployment

Scoold is optimized for the cloud. You can simply click the 'Deploy to Heroku' button and get up-and-running in minutes. You can deploy it to your favorite PaaS, too.

Full-text search

Each post is indexed and analyzed by Para and Elasticsearch — a powerful search engine. You can search for users, questions and answers from the search bar on top.

Geolocation filtering of posts

Questions can be associated with a specific location and then filtered based on that location. This feature enables geolocation queries an gives you the option to search for questions around you.

Reputation system with badges

Like all StackExchange sites, Scoold implements a simple but effective reputation system with badges. People are awarded reputation points for good questions and answers, as well as various badges for their achievements on the site.

Classic, light frontend with jQuery

We kept things simple on the frontend, that's why we chose to use jQuery, the trusted JavaScript library. It takes care of AJAX requests and toggles elements on the screen, nothing more.

Hints & similar posts sidebar

When you ask a new question, Scoold will give you hints if a similar question already exist. Aditionally, on each question page there's a sidebar with suggestions for the top 10 similar posts.

LDAP authentication support

Scoold is enterprise-friendly and supports LDAP. It's great for intranet deployments behind corporate firewalls and Scoold users can be seemlessly authenticated by your company's LDAP server.

Email notifications

You can subscribe to each question thread by clicking the checkbox at the bottom. Scoold will send you emails whenever a new answer is published. Also you can subscribe to replies to your own answers from the settings page.

Modern and responsive layout

The frontend code is powered by Materialize CSS — a framework based on Google's Material Design Lite. It's responsive and beautiful. Icons are from FontAwesome.

Social login with Gravatar support

People can log in quickly without any registration forms or passwords. Facebook, Google, GitHub, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Twitter are supported as identity providers.


Pages are rendered on the server, just like in the good old days, making them easily crawlable by search engines. Page URLs are pretty tidy, too.

I18n with RTL support

The whole website is easily translatable into other languages. Right-to-left languages are also supported and the layout is mirrored if an RTL language is detected.


Spaces are a way to organize users and questions into isolated groups. You can edit users' spaces in bulk and also move a question to a different space. Permission to access a space is given by an administrator.

Syntax highlighting and GFM support

All code snippets in posts are syntax highlighted. GitHub flavoured Markdown is supported, along with tables, task lists and strikethrough. Oh, and you can use emojis too!

Live Demo!

Takes a minute to load as it's running on Heroku's free dynos.

Getting started

  • 1. Create a new app on ParaIO.com and save the access keys 1
  • 2. Create application.conf and configure Scoold to connect to Para 2
  • 3. Run Scoold with java -jar -Dserver.port=8000 -Dconfig.file=./application.conf scoold.jar
  • 4. Open http://localhost:8000

1 Alternatively, you can start a local instance of Para
2 When deploying to Heroku, config variables are set through the web interface and must not contain dots ".", e.g. para.endpoint becomes para_endpoint. For other deployments see the config file example.
Check the README.md for more information.

Customizing the UI

There are a number of configuration settings that let you customize the appearance of the website without changing the code.

	para.fixed_nav = false
	para.show_branding = true
	para.logo_url = "/logo.svg"
	para.logo_width = 90
	para.stylesheet_url = "/style.css"

For full customization, clone the GitHub repository and edit the files you need (Maven and Java required):

1. First, clone the project with git clone https://github.com/Erudika/scoold.git

  • HTML templates are in src/main/resources/templates/
  • CSS stylesheets can be found in src/main/resources/static/styles/
  • JavaScript files can be found in src/main/resources/static/scripts/
  • Images are in located in src/main/resources/static/images/

2. To see you changes, run Scoold locally with mvn spring-boot:run

3. When you are done, run mvn clean install and your new JAR file will be in target/scoold.jar

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