Partially because of a little inspiration from Jeff's comments on our "useful accessory" question, and also a lot of looking around the site, I'd really like to do a bit of cleanup on the questions marked "community wiki".

A lot of these date to the early days of the beta, but now they kind of set a bad example.

The search query I'm using is wiki:1 is:question closed:0

There's 47 of them.

We have a few options with each question:

  1. Leave alone (it should be a community wiki question)
  2. De-wiki it (it's a constructive answerable question that should never have been made community wiki)
  3. Close it (it's not constructive)
  4. Lock it with the "historical significance" reason like we've done with What's your most useful cycle accessory?

Comments? Questions? Concerns? Offers to help by flagging each question with how you think it should be handled?

3 Answers 3


Let's start off easy. Stuff that's a useful index/glossary that I recommend leaving as it is:

Please vote this up to agree with leaving these as they are. Please vote down if you disagree and discuss in the comments.


These questions really belong on a forum, not here; they're either lists, or people chatting about stuff.

Making this CW, please feel free to add to or change this list.

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    Note that some of these questions would be appropriate to blog about if somebody is interested, since the format of the blog is a little more open ended.
    – nhinkle
    Jan 8, 2012 at 19:44
  • @nhinkle - Are you volunteering? :) Jan 8, 2012 at 20:43
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    Merely suggesting right now. Given that I don't own an iPhone, bike in regular shoes, and don't know very much about the charities that take bike donations, I wouldn't have much to go on. Maybe once I'm done with the current blog project I could try tackling some of them. More just throwing it out as an option though. Maybe we could recruit some new writers.
    – nhinkle
    Jan 8, 2012 at 20:45
  • We have lots of writers - fifteen at last count - not so many who actually write stuff. Jan 8, 2012 at 20:47
  • Correction: maybe we could convince some writers to... write.
    – nhinkle
    Jan 8, 2012 at 20:50
  • Continued in chat. Jan 8, 2012 at 20:56
  • More about this here! Jan 8, 2012 at 21:10
  1. I think our Terminology Index and US/UK translation dictionary are good examples of things that should be left community wiki. Bike-friendly Bus networks is an ok example, too.
    Basic criteria: is a long list of undifferentiated answers actually useful?
  2. I think things like Transporting Twins and How to clean up shouldn't be community wiki at all.
    Basically, if the question is repairable to being a constructive question, there's no reason for it to be wiki.
  3. https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/1438/innovative-and-creative-bicycles should be closed.
    It's a "just for fun" question, no real attempt at any kind of useful information, and it's got a negative vote.
  4. A lot of these questions are "polls" with phrasings like "what are your favorite" or "what are some". I'd be in favor of closing, but locking as "historical" would be fine.

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