Questions tagged [community-wiki]

Community Wiki is a flag that can be applied to answers (and sometimes questions) which lowers the barrier for editing and prevents any rep gain/loss from voting.

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What are “Community Wiki” posts?

Some questions and answers are marked Community Wiki and are owned by a community wiki user: (in fact, this very question is one of them) Why have Community Wiki posts? How do Community Wiki posts ...
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Who is the Community user?

I see the Community user on the user page. It seems to edit posts sometimes. What is it? And why has it downvoted over 1800 times? See also: What are “Community Wiki” posts? Return to FAQ Index
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Old usernames stick to Community Wiki posts

On a whim the other day, I changed my meta name from Lord Torgamus to Popular Demand. I just noticed that the old name has "stuck" to the author tag of a Community Wiki question I asked before the ...
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Is there a way to remove community wiki status?

I accidentally checked the box on a question. Can this be undone?
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What can we do to make Community Wiki better?

Okay, what's the problem here? It's a well-known fact that the Community Wiki feature is not well-understood. Yet another “community wiki” clarification question Close as community wiki Purpose of ...
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Can we disable automatic community wiki conversion for answer edits?

Currently, if a user edits their answer more than a certain number of times, that answer is automatically converted by the system to community wiki status. This trips up many well-meaning and active ...
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Should the community wiki police be shut down?

Read me first: What are “Community Wiki” posts on Stack Overflow? Some times I post things that are border line community wiki, like this question: Are there any C# open source log viewers? which ...
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Stop using community wiki as a reputation denial mechanism

Community wiki is one of the most misunderstood and misused features of the SE network. The original purpose of CW was to enable collaboration on a post, it reduces the reputation needed for editing ...
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Is there any point forcing a post to Community Wiki after 6 owner edits?

Personally I think not. If the concern is spurious bumping then simply stop bumping the post after some arbitrary edit. This site might be part-Wiki, part-Q&A but I think its clear that people ...
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SO is too eager to turn my edited answers into Community Wiki [closed]

I like to edit my answers. To clarify, illuminate, add examples, add links, point to new information as it crops up, etc. It's highly irritating that my effort to improve my answer turns it into a ...
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Should 'hidden features of X' be removed/closed/locked?

I find myself wondering if us janitors should really be on a campaign to eradicate CW questions entitled 'hidden features of X.' The subject matter is on topic. Some people seem to learn from them. ...
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Community Wiki checkbox missing in action

It looks like the Community Wiki checkbox is no longer appearing on the ask/edit question page, making it difficult to mark questions Community Wiki. Where is it, and how is one supposed to mark a ...
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Community wiki post not displaying majority author correctly

Check this answer -- originally authored by me with minor changes by Peter Mortensen. It shows 56% authorship by Peter when he only contributed 27 characters. Should "Developer Testing" be ...
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List questions: Community Wiki?

There are absolutely loads of payment gateways out there, and I'd like a comprehensive list of them. There's already a question asking for the "best" ones, https://stackoverflow.com/questions/982953/...
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Why allow closed questions to be voted on?

In seeing some of the potential solutions and problems related to this answer and question I noticed something. Why are closed questions allowed to obtain more reputation for a user? So my ...
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When to mark the 'community wiki' checkbox on a new question?

When someone asks a new question people sometimes comment, "This should be a community wiki". The FAQ about CW isn't explicit about which new question should be CW; it says that: CW makes it easier ...
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Which edit actions can move a post into Community Wiki mode?

Surprisingly, I couldn't find a straight answer to this. It's not entirely clear in the Community Wiki FAQ. There are (at least?) four different types of edit actions: Body edits Title edits Retags ...
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Why does repeated editing by same user lead to community wiki? [closed]

After 11 edits (12 versions) from the same user an answer becomes community wiki. There are lots of questions regarding the way in which this happens but none (that I could find) regarding "Why". And ...
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Quick edits force a badly-formatted post to wiki within minutes [closed]

Scenario A new user posts a question quite innocently (but obviously without looking at the preview). It may be a fine question, but because of the user's use of < in the code sections (which of ...
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Reputation does not update after community wiki is removed from a post, and does not match the value displayed in the reputation audit

If votes were cast on a post while it was community wiki, and a moderator removes wiki from that post, the votes should count towards reputation again. However, while this is visible in a reputation ...
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Why is this CW post saying 36% unknown? [duplicate]

Looking at this post it says "36% unknown". No user by the name of 'unknown' appears in the revision history (screenshot just in case some wag changes his username to 'unknown') What madness is ...
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We have community wikis and normal questions; we need polls [duplicate]

Couldn't we make a new kind of question, similar to community wiki but call it a poll? For example: This question asks Is it always evil to have a struct with methods? This question is about best ...
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An elegant solution for “answer-stealing” edits?

I have noticed several times that when answering a question, someone who wrote an earlier answer will edit their answer by adding the content of my answer to theirs (as an alternate solution, or to ...
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Should poll questions be Community Wiki?

Should poll questions be Community Wiki? In other words, should they count for reputation for the question asker?
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What will happen to my reputation when the Community Wiki status of a post is reversed? [duplicate]

A per the Community Wiki description, The original author keeps the reputation gained (or lost) before their post entered community mode. The original author can flag the post to moderator ...
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Diff percentage seems a bit off

So I edited an answer originally by P-Nuts by adding four carriage returns, since the answer was a big wall of text and I wanted to break it up with paragraphs. But SO says after the edit that I did ...
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My answer got converted to Community Wiki [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are “Community Wiki” posts? My answer was converted to Community Wiki. Can someone give me an explanation for this?
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How do questions marked community wiki AFTER you answer impact rep upon recalc

I did a search, and checked the FAQ, and checked out the questions which came up as related from the title, and still have nothing on this. But if this is a dupe, please close it and point me at the ...
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What is community wiki for?

Bill the Lizard said that CW really isn't used anymore since anyone can propose an edit now What are Community Wiki answers now for? Related: What are "Community Wiki" posts?
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Lower the rep required to edit community wiki posts (or stop calling them “wiki”)

A requirement of 750 rep to edit community wiki posts seems too high. 750 rep will take weeks for most users to acquire. Even an extremely active user will take at least 4 days (at a max of 200 rep ...
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Validation Fail - Unchecks Wiki/Email

To reproduce: Click Ask Question on meta Fill in question Check community wiki & Notify [] daily of any new answers Don't enter any of the required tags, causing a prompt Result: Error prompt: ...
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Revision history & community wiki links show the same page

On community wiki posts both the revision history link & community wiki links lead to the same page. Shouldn't the username in the community wiki post point to the user profile page? Revision ...
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Should polls be maintained as Community Wiki questions, or should they be closed?

First, I'm already aware of this question: Should poll questions be Community Wiki?. But I think the problem remains: Polls are like shopping lists, and I think they should be closed. I would like ...
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Why do Community Wiki posts show the user responsible for the largest % of edits instead of the posting user?

I just noticed a community wiki question that I edited in the past shows me as the posting user. Per Tim and Bill's comments below, this is because I am responsible for the largest percentage of the ...
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How can I change my question back from a community wiki? [duplicate]

I mistakenly made my question on Stack Overflow into a community wiki. How can I change my question back from a community wiki? Why am I not able to query a database from a forked child in Perl?
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User names on community wiki posts should link to profile pages (like they do everywhere else)

There are a lot of valid questions about the basic usefulness of CW posts. There are a lot of equally valid questions about whether the "user" selected for display on a CW post is generally the right ...
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Reputation shown in graph, and mortarboard awarded, for CW posts?

I don't care, but just in case it's somehow important: I was just awarded mortarboard, and it seems reputation from CW posts was erroneously taken into account. This reputation also shows in my ...
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Add a vote to convert a question to community wiki

As far as I know, the only ways for a question to get converted to a community wiki are: The original poster converts it. A mod converts it. Could we get a vote for this, just like there are to ...
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Why has “community-wiki” transmuted from the original intent?

G'day, Why has the meaning of community-wiki shifted towards "a way to stop your post being closed" from the original intent of allowing almost anyone to edit the question and provide answers so ...
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Stop auto-cw for self-edited posts

The Problem Right now, if a post is edited 10 times by its author, it will be automatically converted to CW (Source). I think that this is flawed logic, and should be removed. The Argument I'd ...
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Does automatic community wiki answers discourage more responses?

Personal Interest I'll be quick to say that I'm only asking this question because I recently answered an old question with what I thought was a unique insight into the original question and didn't ...
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Close as community wiki

I see lots of questions that are good questions, but subjective or unanswerable and should probably be changed to community wiki (and are often closed because of this) Would it make sense to have a "...
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Show community wikis differently in the Android app

I'm requesting that Community Wiki questions and answers display differently than non-wiki ones or otherwise indicate that they are wikis. Example CW post in browser: How the same post looks in the ...
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I've accidently made an answer community wiki. How can I undo this? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: 12 edits make an answer community wiki? Is there a way to remove community wiki status? I added this answer and edited it to correct a mistake and add more information. It ...
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Awarding a bounty to an editor

Bounties are always awarded to the original author of an answer. Occasionally, it would be nice to be able to award a bounty to someone who contributed an important part of the puzzle. An example I ...
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Don't auto community wiki answers to questions made CW through too many edits

I recently answered this question. The OP made so many edits before I supplied my answer that the question was made CW. As a result my answer also became community wiki. I don't see any benefit to ...
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Add warning if your edit will make the post Community Wiki [closed]

The below is no longer relevant since posts are no longer converted automatically to Community Wiki after being edited As the Community Wiki process can't be undone and is automatically happening ...
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What does the % in the Community Wiki box mean?

This question is about the community wiki info-box in the bottom right corner of questions: What does the percent number refer to? The example quoted is the The Definitive C++ Book Guide and List. ...
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Does it cost rep to downvote a community wiki post? [duplicate]

I wouldn't be surprised if this has already been asked, but I couldn't find it anywhere. I know that you don't gain or lose rep for questions or answers that you set to community wiki. But does it ...
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Subjective: FAQ versus close reasons [closed]

If we have one really reliable 'Hatfield versus McCoy' situation on so.com, it's the question of subjective questions. One camp (in which I generally find myself) appeals to the wording of the FAQ: "...

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