What are typically the criteria for marking a post as Community Wiki, besides having too many edits? I ask because I had a previous question get labeled as CW; if I understand correctly this label stops the post from being bumped or giving reputation for answers. After this the post was ultimately not answered despite the question being +5 and it seemed like the CW tag was related. I wonder if an early CW-label is preventing some questions from getting answers & I wonder if this is taken into account in the guidelines for when to label something CW.

What reminded me of this was a recent CW label in the following question which I gave an answer for:

Videos on history of quantum physics or relativity

  • $\begingroup$ Related: physics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/7039/2451 $\endgroup$
    – Qmechanic Mod
    Mar 27 at 19:07
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the link. To paraphrase, resource recommendations are seen as either 1. Too easy of a source of reputation for asker + answerer, as they do not involve a derivation or any math or 2. A low-quality post or not necessarily desired on the site but in a gray area which falls under community wiki. My thought on this - FWIW - is that labeling as CW is causing useful questions to get buried despite their value. For concern (1) I would argue that the site is not a perfect meritocracy as it stands, with popular topics winning over others, and (2) I think RRs provide value, so I see no issue. $\endgroup$ Mar 27 at 23:16
  • $\begingroup$ That being said, I am just a little drop in the ocean & others' opinions who have seen many more questions than I would be more informed. $\endgroup$ Mar 27 at 23:19
  • $\begingroup$ Re "...criteria for marking a post as Community Wiki, besides having too many edits": The too-many-edits rule has not been in effect since 2014 - "We have disabled all forms of community wiki automatic conversions, not just for answers but for questions as well." (my emphasis) $\endgroup$ Mar 28 at 23:39

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Adding the resource-recommendations tag automatically converts a question to community wiki, and that's what happened in this case. For more on this see the tag info and also this meta post.

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    $\begingroup$ While it's true that we make every resource-recommendation post CW, this is not automatic - a mod has to press the button, just like we have to add the post notice manually. You can see this manual action clearly in the revision history $\endgroup$
    – ACuriousMind Mod
    Mar 28 at 10:43
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    $\begingroup$ Related: if you happen upon a post that’s tagged resource-recommendation but doesn’t yet have the banner or the community-wiki status (perhaps because you just added the tag yourself), please raise a moderator flag to that effect. $\endgroup$
    – rob Mod
    Mar 31 at 17:20

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