What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 134 Stack Exchange communities.

Possible Duplicate:
What are “Community Wiki” posts?

  1. Every question I ask offers me the chance to designate it "community wiki". I do not because I don't know what "community wiki" is.

  2. I see that there is lots of discussion on whether "community wiki" should exist, and if so, how to use it properly. I do not want to get into that discussion.

I would like to know what the official (if hotly argued) explanation of "commmunity wiki" is. Is there a link to it somewhere?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by kiamlaluno, Anna Lear Apr 11 '12 at 14:41

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.

    
Here is the Community Wiki FAQ. When looking for overviews like this try searching MSO with [faq] as a search term :) –  Rory Apr 8 '12 at 14:47

1 Answer 1

As with many things in SO, the mouseover tooltip explains...

Community owned posts do not generate any reputation for the owner, have a lower reputation barrier for collaborative editing, and show only a revision history instead of a signature block.

share|improve this answer
1  
That gives me 3 rules about, or attributes of community-owned posts. I can infer that the union of all community-owned posts is the community wiki. But that does not explain what the community wiki is -- what its originally declared purpose was or is. –  Tom Harris Jul 28 '09 at 11:32

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .