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What are “Community Wiki” posts?

My answer was converted to Community Wiki. Can someone give me an explanation for this?

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    Don't bump it that much and it won't happen. – Georg Fritzsche Jul 22 '10 at 6:16
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    @Georg - true, such kind of editing really looks like "oh, I can earn more reputation with that, let's show it more!". – Gnoupi Jul 22 '10 at 7:49
  • yes thats true but i dont have info about this ... but i must say thank you and sorry for that .. will not going to do it again – Pranay Rana Jul 23 '10 at 12:29

It's because you edited your answer more than 8 times. According to the revision history, which is the link just above your name, at the bottom-right corner of your answer, you edited it 12 times. For more in-depth information about the Community Wiki feature, please see the FAQ.

How does a post become a Community Wiki post?

There are several ways a question or answer can enter community wiki mode, and most of these ways will occur automatically based on the rules of the system.

Posts enter community wiki mode when:

  • The body of the post has been edited six (6) times by at least four (4) different people.
  • The post has been edited eight (8) times by the original owner.
  • The post's author checks the community wiki checkbox when composing the question or answer. Note that this checkbox is only available to users with a reputation of 15 or more.
  • The post is edited by its original author, who when doing so opts to check the community wiki.
  • An answer posted to a Community Wiki question will also be Community Wiki. Note that when a question is made CW after answers have already been posted, the existing answers are not normally converted to CW automatically.
  • The question generates more than 30 answers (15 on Super User). In this case, the question and all answers will enter community mode, as will any future answers.
  • A moderator has reason to believe that the question serves better in community wiki mode.

* note that the rules outlined above are based on observations; the actual behavior of SO is subject to change without notice, and may well have done so since this was last updated...

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    # The post has been edited eight (8) times by the original owner. 12 > 8 – Mark Henderson Jul 22 '10 at 5:05
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    (no +1 because you could really have cited that one line Farseeker did cite...) – Tobias Kienzler Jul 22 '10 at 10:08
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    (-1) RTFM is not appropriate for StackOverflow – devinb Jul 22 '10 at 12:12
  • @pranay: sorry, i didn't mean for this to be an rtfm. i just got done asking the very question about quoting answers elsewhere and i thought that including a simple link to the rules was the most informative. answering at 1am when i'm half asleep didn't help. :-P – eruciform Jul 22 '10 at 15:20
  • updated with what i meant to say, before i made the terse right-before-bed posting. :-P – eruciform Jul 22 '10 at 15:28
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    In retrospect, with all kind of rules changing over time, I actually do think linking to the FAQ is better. – Arjan Mar 27 '11 at 22:41
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    This answer is out of date, again, so I just flagged the question as a duplicate of meta.stackexchange.com/q/11740/130885 – endolith May 15 '12 at 0:36
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    No wonder many highly voted answers are cw on stackoverflow. I always had thought some users here really dont care about rep and they just graciously and willingly make it cw.. Now I know its not :) – nawfal Jan 15 '13 at 20:07

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