If an author or moderator would change a question to community wiki, already existing answers would'nt be converted automatically. Should we convert also the existing answers? All, or just the top answer, or should a separate summarizing CW answer be created without touching other answers?

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    On a slightly unrelated note: what happens to the reputation received by the submitter and the repliers when a question is converted to CW? Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 20:33
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    @mindcorrosive: I think that no-one loses any reputation by something becoming CW. Commented Aug 21, 2010 at 21:48

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Very good question. My initial assumption would be that if a question is CW then it's answers should all be as well. I'd assumed that this happens automatically if the question is changed: is this not the case?

  • It's not the case. I've checked it on tex.stackexchange.com/questions/162/… - all answers remained non-wiki. I converted just my own answer to wiki manually.
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 21:44
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    Oh right: shows what I know. What is the best approach then? Should all answers be converted to CW if the question is?
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 22:25
  • I think this is a good reason to convert to CW as early as possible, so that we don't have too many answers to worry about... Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 23:41
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    I think that a CW question should only have CW answers. Commented Aug 21, 2010 at 21:49

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