When the question for my answer here was changed to CW, I think my answer should have been made CW as well.

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It's not retro-active. I'm not sure it should be. If you provide an answer that was thoughtful, constructive, and helpful to many other people, you should be allowed to accept up-votes and in turn receive reputation. This should all happen regardless what the OP does with his question.

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    Yeah, it's up to the poster. The only time that I know of that forces a non-wiki answer to a wiki answer is when the post accumulates 30+ answers.
    – Kyle Cronin
    Jul 16, 2009 at 18:18
  • I see, okay. I thought it was one CW all CW by rule. :)
    – JP
    Jul 16, 2009 at 18:39
  • @JP It is if the question is CW'd before any answers.
    – Jonathan Sampson
    Jul 16, 2009 at 18:56

Existing answers aren't changed to CW when the question is. It's up to the OPs to change them - though I think the moderators can go in and change them manually too.

  • If a Moderator goes in and forces a question to CW, it auto-forces all the answers as well. I think you can actually do a forced-cw on a question that is already CW and it will still auto-force the remaining answers that aren't cw to switch as well (haven't tried)
    – TheTXI
    Jul 16, 2009 at 18:36
  • I was thinking of the mods changing the old answers - but thanks for the info
    – ChrisF
    Jul 16, 2009 at 19:07
  • That's not the case anymore. Existing answers are now made CW when the question is. However, this wasn't retroactively added to older posts, so you may see old CW questions with non-CW answers.
    – gparyani
    Jun 27, 2014 at 17:22

As other noted, the only "wiki-hammer" occurs when a question reaches 30 answers and is not already community wiki. At that point the Q and all As are forced into wiki.

Thus, any poster can opt in to wiki at the time of post, without affecting any other questions or answers.

(it is not possible to opt out of wiki, ever, though.)

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