This question is related to this answer. The question very quickly got on a "hot list", and has been collecting multiple votes. It also got twelve answers, mostly overlapping (it's almost a multiple choice + "why"? question).
My answer happens to be somewhat controversial, with plenty of voting coming on both sides (+22/-9 after six hours). I would have deleted the answer because of this partial disagreement, simply to avoid the changes to the reputation (which I find quite annoying), except I think that the answer adds value, and that it would take down a long trail of comments going back and forth explaining pretty much the same point that I made in the edit.
This was a long explanation of why I decided to make the answer a community wiki by checking the checkbox in the editor, and saving the changes. However, the checkmark has magically disappeared after a few hours, and the reputation changes started rolling again.
Is this a bug? I cannot imagine this happening by design, unless a moderator has trumped my decision to make the answer a community wiki.
I am looking for two specific answers:
- Was this a prohibited use of the community wiki feature? If so, could you please point me to the FAQ?
- Was undoing the community wiki flag a bug, or did it happen by design? What can I do to avoid this happening in the future (short of writing controversial answers, of course)?
P.S. With the understanding that my answer may be controversial, I kindly request that the discussion of its merits, if any, be kept at the stack overflow site.