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I have posted answer at the question: "Which programming languages can be used to develop in Android?"

The answer is here: Which programming languages can be used to develop in Android?

As it is a Regular post, I have also got +195 points for the 18 upvotes and 15 for accepted answer, but now it is showing as "Community wiki".

Whats the reason behind that ? any rule ?

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No wonder many highly voted answers are cw on stackoverflow. I always had thought some users here really dont care about rep and they just graciously and willingly make it cw.. Now I know its not :) – nawfal Jan 15 '13 at 20:08

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Your 12th edit made it so automatically, see the revisions. For further explanation see Why did my answer become community wiki, history says I did that, but I didn’t and the CW-FAQ:

How does a post become a Community Wiki post?

There are several ways a question or answer can enter community wiki mode, and most of these ways will occur automatically based on the rules of the system.

Posts enter community wiki mode when:

  • The body of the post has been edited six (6) times by at least four (4) different people.
  • The post has been edited eight (8) times by the original owner.
  • The post's author checks the community wiki checkbox when composing the question or answer. Note that this checkbox is only available to users with a reputation of 15 or more.
  • The post is edited by its original author, who when doing so opts to check the community wiki.
  • An answer posted to a Community Wiki question will also be Community Wiki. Note that when a question is made CW after answers have already been posted, the existing answers are not normally converted to CW automatically.
  • The question generates more than 30 answers (15 on Super User). In this case, the question and all answers will enter community mode, as will any future answers.
  • A moderator has reason to believe that the question serves better in community wiki mode.

* note that the rules outlined above are based on observations; the actual behavior of SO is subject to change without notice, and may well have done so since this was last updated...

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So why didn't it happen on the 8th edit? Is that info out of date or do some edits not count? – Martin Smith Aug 9 '10 at 12:41
@Martin Smith: as the * note states, the actual behavior of SO is subject to change without notice, and may well have done so since this was last updated... – Tobias Kienzler Aug 9 '10 at 12:47
Yes I read that as well. I suppose either way the information is incomplete or out of date but if anyone can confirm that the limit is now 12 that would be useful to know. – Martin Smith Aug 9 '10 at 13:06
@Martin: Edits in a short (five minute?) widow are treated as one by the system. That is, their edit comments are merged, they "editted <time> ago" bit shows only the first time from the clusters, and (I believe) they count as one edit for CW bookkeeping. – dmckee Aug 9 '10 at 16:03
@Martin Smith Ya exactly...why didn't it happen on the 8th edit ?? – Paresh Mayani Aug 10 '10 at 5:07
@Tobias Kienzler you have told that "An answer posted to a Community Wiki question will also be Community Wiki." then check out my question -> stackoverflow.com/questions/3405695/… , here y didnt it marked as "Community wiki post"????????? – Paresh Mayani Aug 10 '10 at 5:10
@Paresh Mayani: because you turned the question CW at 13:02 (see revision) but posted the answer at 13:00. When a question is turned CW, the answers remain unchanged unless a mod turns everything CW. You have to manually turn your answer into CW if you want. – Tobias Kienzler Aug 10 '10 at 7:11
@dmckee: those edits are not even kept track of, i.e. they won't show up as different revisions – Tobias Kienzler Aug 10 '10 at 7:11

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