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Feedback on Proper use of Community and the eternal List of X

I decided to do a test run with community wiki on


instead of closing as "Not Constructive" since it's just asking for a list of backup services (to be fair back then even I voted on the question).

So I merged all answers into one. And listed it by type.

The pros so far I see in this is

  • having a quick view of what sites are out there without discounting the effort given for finding the apps.

The cons

  • if a post is made CW from the start, most users may not want to contribute (no rep to be gained)
  • it could be an excuse to keeping list questions open
  • someone needs to continually maintain it

A suggestion would be to push extended details (what each service does and their limitations) to separate answers. But then as seen with http://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/753/hidden-features-of-google-search , one will not be able to control where the Table of Contents are shown (since we cannot force a user to accept a particular answer).

Also if there was a way to control where the contents show up. One could keep the ToC answer CW, leave the rest of the answers non-wiki and ensure users answer with details.

Is there any improvements/frowns to this? I think this is my umpteenth try working at the problem but I will just keep swimming.