Let's say there's a question that gets several answers, but I think the question lends itself to being community wiki. Do I have to post at Meta, or is there some more direct way of switching the approach on that page to a single answer under the community wiki format?

Example: Are there verbs where the lexical root of the perfect tense forms differs from that of its infinitive form?

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    Here is the basic information on community wiki posts. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/11740/…
    – Lambie
    Commented May 12, 2019 at 15:20
  • @Lambie - Thanks. Apparently I can raise a flag for moderator attention, to request that an answer be converted. Commented May 13, 2019 at 4:05
  • @walen - How about putting this in an answer? I like the idea and am thinking of giving that a try next time, i.e. starting an answer stub myself when I post the question, in the first place. (Maybe take out the part about blaming? I have a teenager at home -- I already get a lot of blame on a daily basis.) Commented May 13, 2019 at 14:16
  • @walen - Well, to me it's a solution. I was asking in general, and I gave an example so people could see why I was asking for help. Commented May 13, 2019 at 18:22

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As Lambie mentioned in comments, questions can just be converted into Community Wiki by moderators, so you need to flag them or open a Meta post to request it.

Prior to 2014 the CW status was set automatically under some circumstances (a lot of edits by the OP / different users, many answers...) but it was finally changed. There is a relevant reading: this blog post by the community manager who changed this: Putting the Community back in Wiki.

In general I don't think there is any need to convert questions to Community Wiki. We have exactly 46:

So the baseline would be: if a question is going to need a lot of attention by a lot of users and works as a Wiki itself, let's mark it as so. Otherwise, just leave the ownership as is.


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