Does an answer become automatically a Community Wiki when it is revised too much?

Are those who have enough reputation allowed to transform an answer into a Community Wiki's answer?


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As of April 2014, automatic community wiki has been turned off. From this point forward the only way for a post to become community wiki is

  1. For answers: the original poster clicked the little "Community Wiki" box to turn the post to CW, or through moderator action.
  2. For questions: only through moderator action.

For details, please see this blog post.

Below describes the old behaviour:

Copied from What are "Community Wiki" posts?:

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 one of the following happens:

  • The body of the post has been edited by at least five (5) different users.
  • The post has been edited ten (10) 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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