When should questions on Meta Stack Overflow be community wiki? I have seen a lot of non-community-wiki questions here that would have been community wiki on Stack Overflow. Obviously the rules are going to be different here, but what are those rules?

  • By the way, if this should be CW, just tell me. :) – Zifre Jul 1 '09 at 0:57

When you want to have a question that has a collection of information from the entire community. For example a community edited list of some sorts. (just like CW's were supposed to be)

Community Wikis have been misunderstood for a long time now. Here's a post that's a prime example of what a CW post should be.

So any post that could possibly contain information that the community decides on and edits. Think of it as a wiki article (sorta)


I would certainly hope that the CW works here as Olafur intended, but all too often I am already seeing instances of people who will make a topic CW simply to shield themselves from down votes (you know who you are). I hope this behavior doesn't continue.

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    The hell you say! People posting imflammatory question on metaSO and using CW to shield themselves? That cannot be! cough cough meta.stackoverflow.com/users/245 cough cough – GEOCHET Jun 30 '09 at 22:19

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