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What does 'community wiki' mean?

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  Why have Community Wiki posts?
  
  One of the goals of Merspi is to be a continually evolving source of good information. Community Wiki posts help enhance the wiki aspect of the site.
  
  How do Community Wiki posts work?
  
  Community Wiki posts work by transferring ownership of the post from the original author to the community. They make the post easier to edit and maintain by a wider group of users, but they do not contribute to any user's reputation. Community Wiki posts are marked as community wiki.
  
  Some of the key features are:
  
  
  A much lower reputation is needed to edit a community wiki post.
  Voting on a community wiki post (up or down) does not affect any user's reputation.
  The original author still gets badges based on community posts.
  The original author keeps the reputation gained (or lost) before their post entered  community mode.
  
  
  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.


Source: http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/11740/what-are-community-wiki-posts-on-stack-overflow/11741#11741 (StackOverflow powers this site) :)

Basically, a community wiki post is a post that anyone can edit. A post can become a community wiki post if the "community wiki" tickbox is selected, or if it is edited a lot.

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