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What are “Community Wiki” posts on Stack Overflow?

Yesterday, I asked a question that was subjective but really helpful to me. There was no right answer. The question was eventually closed, but I did get some good information out of it.

One of the initial complaints (which has been removed it seems) was that my question should have been a wiki post. The tag was "should-be-wiki" someone added. A search for "wiki" on here turns up several references to the "Community Wiki", but I can't figure out where this beast is. The FAQ doesn't mention it. I can't find any links or even a guideline for when a question belongs here nor there?

I asked what seemed like an applicable question which produced some good information, but I got yelled at for doing it. Furthermore, I don't see any obvious path for me to follow to have done this the "right way".

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    Should be wiki!
    – Welbog
    Aug 25, 2009 at 16:26
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    Don't wiki this question. Aug 25, 2009 at 16:27
  • Welllllllbog Aug 25, 2009 at 16:27
  • What? Joke's too deep for you, Ian?
    – Welbog
    Aug 25, 2009 at 16:28
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    @Lance: Still pulling that old trick? WTF?
    – Shog9
    Aug 25, 2009 at 16:43
  • @Shog9: Don't worry, reported to the mods. Please do the same, not worth arguing with trolls and their behavior.
    Aug 25, 2009 at 16:45
  • I missed the excitement :( Aug 25, 2009 at 16:48
  • At least I got my cleanup badge out of Lance's edit. Aug 25, 2009 at 16:51
  • Why did Diago take the CW tag off this post?
    Aug 25, 2009 at 17:36

4 Answers 4


The Community Wiki checkbox is to the bottom right of the text area where you enter your question. However keep in mind just because its CW doesn't mean you can ask whatever you want, it still has to follow the proper rules for posting a question.


You need to stop posting these kinds of questions. Period.

"was subjective" ... "There was no right answer."

This is in direct opposition to the FAQ:

What kind of questions should I not ask here?

Avoid asking questions that are subjective, argumentative, or require extended discussion. This is not a discussion board, this is a place for questions that can be answered!


Here you go: What are “Community Wiki” posts on Stack Overflow?


Community Wiki does get a very brief mention in the FAQ:

100 Vote down (costs 1 rep), edit community wiki posts

Perhaps this should link to the item Shog9 points out?

And there is a link to the detailed FAQ at the bottom of the main FAQ:

What about...
If you're looking for excruciating detail, we host a section of constantly evolving FAQs that document everything about the site.

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