I have just seen the check-box for community-wiki for an answer. For a question, I can understand, but for an answer?


Your answer might be something that you want other people to edit and augment. For example, a list of books on a particular topic, or a list of technologies that satisfy a particular niche.

In this case, community wiki is the right option since it lowers the bar for other users to add useful details.

  • What happened here? When did you become a blockbuster? – perbert Oct 19 '09 at 14:23
  • I might start calling myself The Moral Voyages of Stephen King (Starmont Studies in Literary Criticism) amazon.com/Voyages-Stephen-Starmont-Literary-Criticism/dp/… – perbert Oct 19 '09 at 14:26
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    Welbog was always a blockbuster. Guess your city wasn't selected. – random Oct 19 '09 at 14:27
  • @voyager: I became a blockbuster as soon as Spielberg's surprise announcement that Joel would be playing Jeff. – Welbog Oct 19 '09 at 14:28
  • @random: in my town, we were lucky we had a broken radio! On a good day! Before it got mugged! – perbert Oct 19 '09 at 14:31
  • Sometimes I wonder if you guys notice that I update my profile accordingly with my name. I'm watching my view counter, and I conclude that voyager has not looked at it. I expect random has looked, though, based on the timing of the most recent increment. – Welbog Oct 19 '09 at 14:33
  • You are correct. But it was about an hour ago. And that wasn't the only profile updated. – random Oct 19 '09 at 14:35
  • @Welbog: normally I read it, but today I forgot to. I'm really hyped to see this movie! What actor gets the privilege to be me? Woody Allen? Am I one of the aliens? You know I am. – perbert Oct 19 '09 at 14:37
  • @random: you are sick, even for my standards. Anyway, your empirical experiments advance sciense in ways no other human would dare to advance. – perbert Oct 19 '09 at 14:39
  • Processed another bottle of drink after the mesmerising experience that is Steven Spielberg's Welbog. Will watch again on the blu-ray release. Two thumbs up. – random Oct 19 '09 at 14:42
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    @Welbog: When will we see all the Welbog merchandise, "Welbog" the video game, and various swag for the movie? We all need our Welbog action figures! – Troggy Oct 19 '09 at 14:55
  • Chuck Norris isn't in it, so it can't be any good. – mmyers Oct 19 '09 at 15:08
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    It is best watched it on DVD or BluRay. You really must use lasers to get the full effect. Better yet, watch both the DVD and BluRay, that way you get to use Blue and Red lasers. – Brad Gilbert Oct 19 '09 at 15:10
  • @Brad Gilbert: You mean blue and red tiny wizards, right? – Welbog Oct 19 '09 at 15:18
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    Umm, can I get a replacement disc somewhere? Apparently when people were talking about using lasers, they were talking about the ones in the player. Whoops. – mmyers Oct 19 '09 at 15:21

I've occasionally made answers Community Wiki if they've been improved by many people - e.g. if people have added a variety of comments, and I've edited the answer to include them.

I'd also use CW for an answer which has just culled the best bits of a variety of other answers.

In both cases it leads to a more Wikipedia-like situation: an answer which is genuinely community driven rather than the work of one person, and which becomes the "ultimate" answer to that question.


I tend to make my answer Community Wiki if I feel the question should be CW, and isn't yet.

  • Err... why the downvote? Have I been bad? – Dominic Rodger Oct 19 '09 at 16:28
  • @Dominic Rodger: no, simply someone doesn't agree with your behaviour. But you are encouraged to use the system as you please. – perbert Oct 20 '09 at 12:42

If you know the community isn't going to like your answer for whatever reason, then you can save yourself some grief by making it CW.

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    That's dumb. If it's the right answer and you know the community won't like it, who cares if you shave some digits off of your arbitrary number? – Welbog Oct 19 '09 at 15:15
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    -1 for being a rep wuss. – Troggy Oct 19 '09 at 15:22
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    I rest my case. – Lance Roberts Oct 19 '09 at 15:55

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