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I'm just curious whether it is acceptable to post questions and answers that are usually considered off-topic. I don't know how to explain it better so I'll give an example to illustrate the idea:

Example: Webpages for programming newbies

Suppose I've done a massive amount research, surfing and browsing to find webpages where you can practice coding/programming, like spoj.com, Project Euler and so on.

Would it be considered off-topic if I post a question "Where can I learn to code?" on SE (probably on StackOverflow or Programmers) and answered to this question with the list I prepared as a community wiki?


This is just an example. I would like to learn whether community posts should follow the Q&A pattern or we can treat them as a real wiki, where you can add sources and share your knowledge with the community.

I perceive community wiki posts as something slightly different than ordinary posts. I've already read the definition here (What are "Community Wiki" posts?) but I still have got many doubts.

I'd be really grateful if someone could resolve my doubts.

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Must a community wiki post follow the pattern of a Q&A?

Yes.

I'm just curious whether it is acceptable to post questions and answers that are usually considered off-topic.

No, it is not acceptable.

Would it be considered off-topic if I post a question "Where can I learn to code?" on SE (probably on StackOverflow or Programmers) and answered to this question with the list I prepared as a community wiki?

Yes, that is completely off topic.

This is just an example. I would like to learn whether community posts should follow the Q&A pattern or we can treat them as a real wiki

You can treat them as a wiki, insofar as anyone is able to edit them to improve the quality of the content in the post at any time. The post being a wiki, and being the collaborative work of many people, in no way lowers the quality standards expected of questions or answers, changes their scope, or what's allowable. It's simply a way for multiple people to come together to create a question and/or answer that is better than could have been done by someone alone.

I perceive community wiki posts as something slightly different than ordinary posts.

They are slightly different. But they're different in how one goes about creating the content, they are not any different in terms of what type of content is or is not acceptable. If a particular question or answer wouldn't be acceptable as a non-wiki post, it's equally unacceptable as a wiki post.

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