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How can I change my question back from a community wiki?

This is about this question.

I have only been a member of StackOverflow for a couple of days and was not aware that multiple edits of a question will kick a question into Community Wiki mode. I am now very mindful of the edit rules.

I was not trying to bend the rules -- I originally had problems getting the code posted, and this accounted for half of my edits. Others in the community also helped out, which I am grateful for.

It took time to write and was subsequently updated with good investigation on my part. (although ultimately others will be the judge of this.) As a result if the outcome of the question is founded it should enhance my reputation and more importantly be of benefit to the community.

StackOverFlow is a game changing resource which has helped me out many times and so now I want to try to give what I can back.

So this is a plea - please be kinder to noobs trying to make a contribution.

Can the original question please be added reverted from Community Wiki mode?

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marked as duplicate by mmyers, gnostradamus, ChrisF, Ladybug Killer, Troggy Dec 7 '09 at 22:13

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

    
See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/10382/…. –  mmyers Dec 7 '09 at 21:48
    
While I agree it's a dupe, I think he's specifically requesting that his specific question get moved back -- although I'm pretty certain not even diamond mods can do that. –  John Rudy Dec 7 '09 at 21:50
    
@Smurfsnorting I can asure you there is no deception intended what so ever on my part just noob ignorance - why would I use my name if that was part of my character. I asked about the possibility of reasking it another way and was told that it was likely that I would be reported for abuse for trying to bump. I have to say I am not finding this a terribly friendly place at the moment. –  user140039 Dec 7 '09 at 22:05
    
Um, I think you may have misunderstood what I wrote -- the question is a duplicate ("dupe" is short for duplicate); I meant no ill will nor harm to you -- and in fact was trying to argue in favor of keeping this one open. I do mention that I don't think mods can do that, but again, I'm not attacking your character; I understand and empathize with your situation. –  John Rudy Dec 7 '09 at 22:17
    
@Smurfsnorting - sorry for my misunderstanding (I am from the UK and thought it meant duping doh!) and thank you for your support. –  user140039 Dec 7 '09 at 22:36
    
No problem, it occurred to me when I read your response that there was a slight miscommunication there somewhere. :) –  John Rudy Dec 7 '09 at 22:37
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No, this is not possible. Community Wiki is a one-way switch; once it is on, it can't be removed.

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Thanks Jeff - can I re-ask it a different way for the reasons I gave above without getting reported for abuse. If not I'll get over it and chalk it up as a lesson learned. On a different note: Thanks for all you work on SO it really is a game changer and I applaud you sir. –  user140039 Dec 7 '09 at 22:12
    
you can delete your question and start over, if you like -- given the # of edits it seems it took a while to "get it right". I have no problem with that. –  Jeff Atwood Dec 8 '09 at 0:07
    
oh, and flag your question for mod attention if you need it deleted. Just use the "flag" menu option and explain what you want. –  Jeff Atwood Dec 8 '09 at 0:10
    
Thanks Jeff I appreciate your time on this. Ironically it had been partly answered and as it has now been fully answered so as not to complicate things further I will leave it as is. Fascinating mind food! Cheers –  user140039 Dec 8 '09 at 15:36
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