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I got into a discussion on Super User about the goals of the system and the types of answers that work best. One of the comments was this:

One of the reasons for Superuser is to build a encyclopedic collection of common questions and answers. Links to other sites don't advance that goal.

Super User's about page says this:

Super User is collaboratively built and maintained by your fellow users. Once the system learns to trust you, you'll be able to edit anything, much like Wikipedia. With your help, we can build good answers to every question a power user might have.

Considering these two quotes, my question is why distinguish between community wiki and regular questions? There's a requirement of 750 reputation to edit CW questions, and 2000 to edit other people's questions, and CW questions don't generate reputation. Instead, why don't we just make all posts CW, and up/down-vote individual edits, with both the question votes and the edit votes generating reputation?

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Because then it is not a Q&A site and just another wikipedia. The concept of CW is for discussion subject and opinion polls. We are discussing this at length in another thread here

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