For new users like me it is very difficult to understand the point of the community wiki and difference in purpose to the normal questions. Only after finding and searching the meta.stackexchange I arrived at some information that said more than "You don't get rep for CW posts".
From what I've gathered the wiki is supposed to contain discussions, lists and other kinds of questions where consensus has to be reached or collaboration is required to arrive at a satisfying answer.
Seeing how the fight against "game-rec"s and similar questions approaches Jihad levels I think it would be better to educate people to move this kind of stuff into the CW than to hit everything with the "close"-stick.
- My first suggestions is to add/expand the faq section about the community wiki and what belongs there.
- suggestion is to change the submission form to better explain why they should choose that CW checkbox. How about two radio buttons instead that say something like
- This question/problem has one specific answer/solution
- This question asks for a list or discussion.
- And finally we should allow some limited reputation to be gained from CW posts. I.e multiple answers can be marked as a part of the accepted solution and gain some limited rep.
Maybe instead of just discussion what we do and do not want on this site we should include our reasons. Maybe that would help in better formulating the criteria for accepted posts.
In my opinion it should be more important how useful a piece of information is to the community than how it was obtained. Purely social inquiries in other member's preferences definitely do not provide any benefit to the community. Similarly, stating one's own preferences and asking for matching items may help the OP but the probability of a second member having those exact preferences is negligible. But an open question that may not be ultimately answerable may still attract enough information to be of use to a broader audience.
For Efficiency's sake I suggest to move the discussion about the reasons for what is off topic to Grace Note's thread. This way this thread can return to the original topic.