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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The “possible rollback war” flag isn't being triggered by community wiki posts

So I just locked this answer after two people flagged it due to unusual edit activity. Turns out, there were over 700 rollbacks on that answer over the last two days. Usually, the system ...
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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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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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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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“Community Wiki” and SO meta-discussion

As of 12:30 EST on November 15th, there were 30,658 registered users of Stack Overflow, of whom 1,458 had at least a 750 reputation and could therefore edit Community Wiki posts. I suggest that if ...
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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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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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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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Give some kind of warning before Community Wiki takes effect? [duplicate]

I answered a question on Stack Overflow yesterday that's currently my most popular answer so far. Today I noticed that it had become part of the "community wiki" because I edited my answer over 10 ...
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If automatic community wiki conversion is gone, why do the confusing messages still exist?

Now that posts can't be automatically converted to community wiki, it makes sense to just ditch all those annoying messages for "why" a post got converted in the first place. The code for selecting ...
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Add votes on my CW posts to my summary screen

I'd like to follow up on votes on my CW posts as I do on normal ones, for cases like the voting on the new sites brainstorming, or just generic CW posts. They should appear in green (or red for ...
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Questions can be made Community-Wiki by adding the right parameter when editing

See also https://meta.stackoverflow.com/posts/67604/revisions for a proof-of-concept. It seems that, the community-wiki checkbox is only hidden for general users, but it is not validated on server-...
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Ability to undo the Community Wiki

This has always struck me as a strange thing to not have. We have the ability to set things as Community Wiki at the start, and the ability to switch over to Community Wiki after something has been ...
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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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Should authors be encouraged to maintain their answers?

The general message I've received is that a question and its answer should be applicable to a wide audience, and not be "too localised" and so limited to small, specific audience. At the same time, as ...
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Tag Wiki vs Community Wiki

I spend a lot of time on Stack Overflow answering questions about date, time and time zones. (This is somewhat of a favorite subject of mine.) Over the past many months, I have been improving and ...
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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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Allow “Remove Wiki” on a question to cascade down to answers

We recently had a question appear on the "Hot Network Questions" list, and it attracted a lot of attention to our site. We are very grateful for the views, and the influx of new users (many of whom ...
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Do community wiki votes contribute to the Sportsmanship badge? Should they?

The sportsmanship badge is for voting for competing answers. If an answer is a community wiki, is it competing?
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What are “Community Wiki” posts good for nowadays?

In light of a recent blog entry by Grace Note, The Future of Community Wiki, I think we should reevaluate the old SO FAQ entry regarding CW: What are "Community Wiki" posts? In the single answer to ...
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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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Change the “community wiki thingy” so that it won't deadname users

I recently realized that, even though I changed my username a while ago (more than six months), some of my old community wiki answers are still displaying the wrong username. This bug has already ...
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Do downvotes/flags still affect the original owner of a community wiki post other than for rep calculation?

Some time ago I was pointed to a ranting/rude answer that was immediately converted to wiki by the poster. Since at the time it seemed pretty clear that the poster originally posted the rant and then ...
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Tracking of Community Wiki upvotes and Comment Upvotes?

Would it be possible to have our envelope updates not only show rep-based upvotes, but community wiki and comment upvotes as well? I would like some finer granularity when it comes to vote tracking ...
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Why is the CW conversion attributed to a commenter?

Have a look at the revision history on this question: After 5 editors edited, the post was automatically thrown into CW mode, per the usual rules. However, rather than being attributed to Community (...
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Question bumped into Community Wiki by several bounties?

Look at the revision history of this here question — what concerns me is the entry that says: Post Made Community Wiki by being edited by more than 5 different editors If you look at the ...
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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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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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What is a “non-wiki answer” on Stack Overflow?

What is "non-wiki answer" ? For example there's a badge: Provided non-wiki answers of 15 total score in 20 of top 40 tags. What answers are non-wiki?
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Could the “Made Community Wiki by …” entry in the revision list show the actual reason?

As we know, a post (question or answer) can be made community-wiki automatically when some conditions occur, like adding too many answers or having too much edits. In these cases, the revision ...
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Bounties on question with CW answer do not reward people for improving existing answer

The use case for making an answer Community Wiki is to have a single large answer that everyone can maintain. This works, but it can conflict with the use case for bounties. In particular, if the ...
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When community wiki post has only one revision, text is incorrect

I just stumbled over this CW answer: It should be just "answered [time stamp]" but looks like the "edited" was hard coded somehow. I verified this to happen on all CW posts without edits i.e. ...
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Reputation from bounties not counted on community wiki posts in most recent rep recalc

According to Sam Saffron (aka waffles ♦), a recent fix by Nick Craver to how votes are counted on Community Wiki posts was deployed, and many users had their reputation automatically recalculated to ...
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Rollbacks are counting into auto-wiki when they shouldn't

So I rolled back a poor edit on Mysticial's branch prediction answer and inadvertently turned it into a community wiki: Not a big deal, until I realize that my rollback should not have caused it to ...
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Trying to make an answer CW while answering-own-question makes question CW as well

I was using the shiny new "answer own question simultaneously" feature to write this post. I wanted the post to be CW, so I ticked the "community wiki" box, under the answer. On saving, the entire ...
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When is it still appropriate to use Community Wiki?

Over at Parenting.SE we naturally have many questions that cannot be answered with mathematical precision, and this is not a problem -- a "most useful" answer usually crystallizes anyway. We get ...
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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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Would like to update answer, but it has 9 edits already [closed]

I would like to update this answer of mine to add some new information. (I realized that when "walking the clustered index" of a table that has a multi-column clustered index, in most cases a great ...

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