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i.e. - because they won't get any points for the answers?

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Not for me. What discourages me from answering most wiki questions is the 30+ other answers already there.

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+ 1 - I will freely admit that I'm less likely to give a very detailed, long answer on a community wiki question. The 30+ other answers already there is definitely the primary motivator for being a little more terse in my answer, but the lack of reputation "payoff" is also a factor. I'm not going to bust my hump to give a really, really detailed answer "for nothing". –  Evan Anderson Jul 13 '09 at 1:23

I am less disposed to answer CW questions not because they are CW but for two other reasons:

  1. The 200+ other answers in some cases; and
  2. The high propensity for fluff questions.
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No. Poorly worded, insulting, argumentative questions or questions with lots of answers already are the ones that don't get (more) answers. I doubt if most people even look to see if the question is CW before answering.

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Agreed. I typically don't notice if a post is Community Wiki until after I've submitted my answer. I'm not sure it would have made a difference (to me). –  Robert Cartaino Jul 12 '09 at 22:43
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I would hope it doesn't make a difference, but I disappoint myself. I've answered questions and then seen it was community wiki, and it felt like a waste of time. –  Tom Hawtin - tackline Jul 13 '09 at 1:11

I'm pretty sure that it does play a role in the decision on whether to answer or not, especially when writing an answer would take a significant amount of time, yes.

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