A recent answer was given as a 'community wiki' answer with which I am not familiar.

What is the reason for answering in this way and how does one do so ?

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What is the reason for answering questions as 'community wiki'?

The "community wiki" feature for answers is generally to be used for two reasons, per wax eagle's answer to "When should an answer be made community wiki?"

  • To indicate the answer is incomplete and to invite community contribution to finish it.
  • To avoid gaining reputation for the answer.

Caleb’s response goes onto state the following:

The "Community Wiki" feature is pretty much a relic of a previous social experiment on the part of Stack Exchange. It wasn't a complete failure, but the lessons they learned from it have mostly gone into other tools and it no longer serves a major primary purpose like it used to. In particular the "comprehensive list" type of thing that it worked for originally is not even an Q&A format we accept right now.

When answering to a post, every individual is given the opportunity to create a community wiki post by checking the "community wiki" box at the bottom right hand corner, just before posting one’s response.

They are great for list questions, which are generally off-topic on Christianity SE.

I do not believe that many of the recent Community Wiki posts are a valid usage of this option.

Here is an example of a proper usage of this feature.

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    Appreciated. Thank you. I get the impression that some wish to have a voice on Stack Exchange but do not wish to be subject to the way the system actually works in practice.
    – Nigel J
    Dec 15, 2021 at 9:06
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    @NigelJ I get the same impression, with some network users.
    – Ken Graham Mod
    Dec 15, 2021 at 15:55

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