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Yesterday, I asked a question that was subjective but really helpful to me. There was no right answer. The question was eventually closed, but I did get some good information out of it.

One of the initial complaints (which has been removed it seems) was that my question should have been a wiki post. The tag was "should-be-wiki" someone added. A search for "wiki" on here turns up several references to the "Community Wiki", but I can't figure out where this beast is. The FAQ doesn't mention it. I can't find any links or even a guideline for when a question belongs here nor there?

I asked what seemed like an applicable question which produced some good information, but I got yelled at for doing it. Furthermore, I don't see any obvious path for me to follow to have done this the "right way".

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marked as duplicate by XMLbog, Timothy Carter, Shog9, Diago Aug 25 '09 at 17:10

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Should be wiki! –  XMLbog Aug 25 '09 at 16:26
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Don't wiki this question. –  Brad Gilbert Aug 25 '09 at 16:27
    
Welllllllbog –  Ian Elliott Aug 25 '09 at 16:27
    
What? Joke's too deep for you, Ian? –  XMLbog Aug 25 '09 at 16:28
    
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@Lance: Still pulling that old trick? WTF? –  Shog9 Aug 25 '09 at 16:43
    
@Shog9: Don't worry, reported to the mods. Please do the same, not worth arguing with trolls and their behavior. –  GEOCHET Aug 25 '09 at 16:45
    
I missed the excitement :( –  Ian Elliott Aug 25 '09 at 16:48
    
At least I got my cleanup badge out of Lance's edit. –  Brad Gilbert Aug 25 '09 at 16:51
    
Why did Diago take the CW tag off this post? –  GEOCHET Aug 25 '09 at 17:36
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The Community Wiki checkbox is to the bottom right of the text area where you enter your question. However keep in mind just because its CW doesn't mean you can ask whatever you want, it still has to follow the proper rules for posting a question.

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You need to stop posting these kinds of questions. Period.

"was subjective" ... "There was no right answer."

This is in direct opposition to the FAQ:

What kind of questions should I not ask here?

Avoid asking questions that are subjective, argumentative, or require extended discussion. This is not a discussion board, this is a place for questions that can be answered!

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Community Wiki does get a very brief mention in the FAQ:

100 Vote down (costs 1 rep), edit community wiki posts

Perhaps this should link to the item Shog9 points out?

And there is a link to the detailed FAQ at the bottom of the main FAQ:

What about...
If you're looking for excruciating detail, we host a section of constantly evolving FAQs that document everything about the site.

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