People post puzzle or contest problems, without making any attempt to solve them (simply copying the original question). These questions get upvoted - not because the OP did a good job, but because the original source is good.

Examples (all copied verbatim from a contest, with no attempt at solving the problem):

A Dynamic programming problem

Permuting rows in an array to eliminate increasing subsequences

The answers are very interesting and I like reading both questions and answers.

Should such questions be converted to community wiki by moderators instantly, when they are first seen?

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    You wonder if for some programming problems whether it breaches copyright to post it.
    – Andrew
    Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 21:23
  • That's one person, not "people"; though I agree with you it does happen. I'm not sure it's a massive problem but the lack of attempting to solve normally mean I vote to close / downvote. Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 21:23
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    Converting the question to CW would force all the answers to be CW, so no. Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 21:24
  • @Gilles Ahh I didn't know about that.. I suppose this answers my question.
    – max
    Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 21:26

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If you feel the questions do not show research effort, downvote them. That's exactly why downvoting is for.

Community Wiki is only meant to encourage collaboration, and nothing else.


Those are very old questions. Do you have any recent examples? Under current practice, such questions would nearly certainly be closed.

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