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Take a look at Failed to allocate memory: 8

I posted an answer. A few months later, a user by name the of aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa with reputation of 29 converted my answer (and all other answers for the same question) to a community wiki.

As a result, I lost a boatload of reputation (the answer has been upvoted 21 times).

Why does such a low-reputation user have the right to convert answers en-mass to a Community Wiki? Isn't permission limited to the author of the original post?

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The answers there read like a classic forum. – user213963 Oct 23 '13 at 18:07
I thought you keep all the rep from an answer from before when it becomes CW. Right? It's not suppose to nullify all upvotes, IIRC – Doorknob Oct 23 '13 at 18:08
@MichaelT Agreed. More than half the answers there should probably be nuked and the question un-wikied. – Mysticial Oct 23 '13 at 18:09
@Mysticial The fact that there are so many possible solutions suggests to me that the error message is vague and thus not descriptive of the real problem, and that the question should be closed. – animuson Oct 23 '13 at 18:13
@animuson That's certainly another option. (I don't have an opinion on whether it should be closed.) But at the very least, it will stop the flow of forum-like answers that keep pouring in. – Mysticial Oct 23 '13 at 18:18
@animuson Like half of them are people saying the same thing: change the ram limit. – Cole Johnson Oct 23 '13 at 19:16
@ColeJohnson, we need the ability to flag answers as duplicates of other answers and have the UI group them all in one section. – Gili Oct 24 '13 at 22:40
@Bill I've tried flagging answers that say the same thing, but they're declined because we should "just downvote". Feel free to propose that. I'll upvote it. – Cole Johnson Oct 24 '13 at 22:46
@ColeJohnson: Here you go: – Gili Oct 25 '13 at 16:50
up vote 27 down vote accepted

That user posted the 31st answer. When a question goes over 30 answers, all the answers and the question become community wiki.

Since user aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa is the one who put the final nail in the coffin, he becomes "responsible" for converting everything to wki.

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True, but there's still a bug. Normally it should say "Post Made Community Wiki by question having more than 30 answers", see here for example. It says that for both the question and all answers. – Shadow Wizard Oct 23 '13 at 18:21
Quite hilarious side effect given the user name. – brasofilo Oct 23 '13 at 18:22
@ShaWizDowArd Yeah. I remember when they started showing the user instead of that general message. They should probably change it so something like "Post Made Community Wiki by user XX posting the 31st answer." – Mysticial Oct 23 '13 at 18:29
"aaaaaaaaaaa" was the sound heard when everyone's answers turned CW. – Jamal Oct 23 '13 at 18:41
@ShaWizDowArd I've brought that up before somewhere. It's that if you delete answers and it drops back below 30, the system forgets that reason and goes with the user. They said it's determined on-the-fly so it only shows if it currently has 30 [undeleted] answers. – animuson Oct 23 '13 at 18:47
Adjunct question: How can I find all non-CW questions that currently have 30 undeleted answers? – Al E. Oct 23 '13 at 19:02
@AlEverett The Data Explorer can probably do it. – Mysticial Oct 23 '13 at 19:04
I wasn't being serious. That is, I've no plans to go on a "post the 31st answer" binge. – Al E. Oct 23 '13 at 19:05
Keep in mind that you can post multiple answers per question. You can go post 30 answers to one question to CW it. You'll almost certainly end up flagged, suspended, and have the question un-CWed though. – Servy Oct 23 '13 at 19:08
But as @doorknob said above, shouldn't users keep the rep they earned before the post became CW? – Adam Rackis Oct 23 '13 at 19:13
It's time to lower Jon Skeet's rep down to 0, who's with me?? – user176088 Oct 23 '13 at 19:22
But... what you can do is red-flag all his posts. That's -100 each. 27k * 100 = 2.7 million. That will reduce him to 1. :) – Mysticial Oct 23 '13 at 19:24
@animuson cool, this does explain this. No bug then! Mysti - we're talking about Jon Skeet. Jon Skeet. Jon Skeet. Even if every single user with enough rep will use all his spam flags on The Skeet, he's still have infinite amount of reputation. :) – Shadow Wizard Oct 23 '13 at 20:01
@AdamRackis The "lost a bunch of rep" was likely "upvotes on the answer since when it was made CW gave no rep" - rep wasn't taken away but rather never granted. – user213963 Oct 23 '13 at 20:16
@ShaWizDowArd Not exactly correct :) Jon Skeet doesn't have reputation, he generates it. You can't zero his reputation - it's a physical paradox: if Jon Skeet's rep could be made zero all reputation in the world would be annihilated in the process! :) – Lorenzo Donati Oct 23 '13 at 21:41

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