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I asked a simple question, to which I knew the answer for one system. I wanted to create a knowledge base for similar, but different systems, so I started a community wiki answer and have invited others to contribute. I hope that we might build a resource for future reference, that could be updated and extended as necessary.

I have now received a couple of good but separate answers for other systems. Should I incorporate these into mine, invite the authors to do so, or accept that the community wiki system doesn't really work as intended?

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    Part of the problem is discoverability. Even if a post is Community Wiki and has fantastic content, inevitably new users looking for the information can't find it because it gets buried amongst all the other questions once it ages off the first page. Then it becomes a good duplicate target, but that is after the duplicate questions have already been asked. Working on alternative Q&A systems that don't have this problem, but I'm not recommending trying to move as Retrocomputing is a relatively low-volume site so IMHO it needs the traffic that comes from being part of SE. – manassehkatz-Moving 2 Codidact Jan 11 at 5:34
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Moderators have a lock we can place on questions to prevent additional answers from being posted.

Wiki Answer
Lock this post to encourage users to edit existing answers. Remember to remove unnecessary answers and to mark questions and their answers as Community Wiki posts.

(Note that Community Wiki etiquette changed a few years after this text was written, so take it with a pinch of salt; as far as I know, questions don't have to be Community Wiki for a Community Wiki answer any more.)

I've tentatively applied a wiki lock to that question, though I have no idea whether that's actually a good idea at this point. It's easy enough to remove later, though.

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    Thanks. Should I now leave the additional answers, or incorporate them into mine? – Mark Williams Jan 9 at 14:10
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    @MarkWilliams I have no idea. – wizzwizz4 Jan 9 at 14:11
  • Well given no-one gains any reputation from it, I may as well copy the other answers. – Mark Williams Jan 9 at 14:15
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    @MarkWilliams Keep in mind that that'll attribute it to you in the stats, though. :-p – wizzwizz4 Jan 9 at 14:20
  • Ok, will leave for now. – Mark Williams Jan 10 at 11:23
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No, you shouldn't incorporate them into yours, unless they are simply suggestions to improve your own answer.

Each answer should stand alone. In community wiki, this enables each answer to be commented upon separately and clearly. Also, of couse, to be voted upon separately - even if the votes aren't racking up reputation, it allows separate discussion and validation of each answer.

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  • The issue here is that the answers are not alternatives, but suggestions for separate systems. – Mark Williams Jan 9 at 18:59

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