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 ?
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.