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I would like to update this answer of mine to add some new information. (I realized that when "walking the clustered index" of a table that has a multi-column clustered index, in most cases a great simplification can be achieved by using WITH TIES in the update statement to enable working only with the first column of the clustered index. I'd also like to change a couple of other minor things.)

However, if I make this update, I'll hit 10 updates, and the answer will get converted to community wiki. I hate asking moderators to remove community wiki status--it seems like a waste of their time. At the same time, it bugs me that my answer is not as good as it could be! And yes, it bugs me to lose the reputation if it goes community wiki.

Note that I am doing my best to make more substantial edits and fewer trivial ones, so I don't run into this limit as often. But it does happen sometimes. You can look at the answer history to see if you think that my 8 edits were excessive or not.

Should I:

  1. Avoid making the edit,
  2. Make the edit in pursuit of having the best answer and just take my lumps so I don't inconvenience moderators,
  3. Or make the edit and flag for a moderator as it's not that big a deal for them?
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closed as off-topic by michaelb958, hims056, Martijn Pieters, Aziz Shaikh, ProgramFOX Apr 10 '14 at 13:44

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FWIW, it has eight edits. The auto-CW wouldn't kick in until revision 11, which would be ten edits after the original answer was posted. – animuson Jan 10 '14 at 21:56
do you have a question? Seems like it's more trouble for all of meta to read this, and possibly a mod to volunteer to unwiki you, than just to flag and ask for an unwiki. But anyway, what's the question? – Kate Gregory Jan 10 '14 at 21:56
10 edits is not the same as 10 revisions. The original post counts as the first revision, while the second revision is the first edit. – 3ventic Jan 10 '14 at 21:58
FWIW, this 10 edit auto-wiki limit is also the reason why I've stopped maintaining this answer of mine. Instead, my last edit was to drop a link to my github where I can update it all I want. It's not close to 10 yet, but it will get there very quickly if I kept it up to date. – Mysticial Jan 10 '14 at 21:59
Not to debate the whole process, but since the topic was broached... I'd think "community" wiki would imply many members of the community contributed to an answer such that credit cannot be attributed to a single person anymore (the 5-user rule makes sense). But if I'm the sole editor and I edit my own post 10 times, I've still done all the work. What's "community" about that? – Grant Winney Jan 10 '14 at 21:59
@GrantWinney It was primarily added to prevent people from repeatedly editing a question just to bump it on the active list and thus get more attention. – Servy Jan 10 '14 at 22:00
@Mysticial: Just take the plunge, then flag for moderator attention and have the CW status reverted. – Martijn Pieters Jan 10 '14 at 22:01
@Servy Oh alright, that makes sense. I didn't realize that even happened. – Grant Winney Jan 10 '14 at 22:01
@MartijnPieters isn't this somewhat a ... leap of faith? – Jan Dvorak Jan 10 '14 at 22:01
@Mysticial See my answer. Those are substantial edits on your post too. – Bill the Lizard Jan 10 '14 at 22:03
@JanDvorak: It has happened to me 2 or 3 times before, and every time the request was honoured, quite quickly. – Martijn Pieters Jan 10 '14 at 22:03
@BilltheLizard Ah. That's reassuring. I'll keep that in mind for when the time comes. – Mysticial Jan 10 '14 at 22:05
related: Why hasn't this question become a Community Wiki after 10 edits by the OP? "It was converted... the removal of CW status was done in response to a flag from a third user who observed the conversion and felt it unwarranted." – gnat Jan 10 '14 at 22:08
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If you're making substantial edits over a long period of time, you can just flag for a moderator to de-wikify your post after you hit the limit. The auto-wiki is meant to discourage people from making insignificant edits every day to bump their post, milking it for more reputation/attention. Since most of your revisions were substantial, and they were over a period of six months, you should be fine asking a moderator to reverse the wikification of this post when it happens.

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Perhaps, after a thread reaching the limit of 10 edits and consequently, having a moderator "de-wikifyed" it the thread's author would win more clear 10 edits (or 5...). – Andre Silva Jan 10 '14 at 22:08
@AndreSilva that sounds like a feature request... maybe you should check this – Braiam Jan 10 '14 at 22:21
Thank you so much for your reply! I appreciate your letting me know what you think is the best thing to do. – ErikE Jan 11 '14 at 0:47

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