I'm doing some cleaning in the archives this weekend and I found the question What are some great web-based prototyping tools? which is a community wiki question. However tool request questions have been declared as off topic by the community.

So what do I do with this off topic community wiki question? Flag to close or leave as is since it's a community wiki?

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    Not so much Off Topic as Not Constructive. "How to do X in specific tool Y" is off topic for a different reason. I guess in practice there's not much difference. But to me, community wiki status doesn't matter; if it's close worthy it is, if it isn't, it isn't.
    – Ben Brocka
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 13:40
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    @BenBrocka I might have guessed, but Wikis sounds like a middle state in between valid question and closed question. Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 13:54
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    There's a reason wiki stopped being easy to apply to answers; that's no longer a valid use for Community Wiki (though some sites like Mathematics still do that I guess)
    – Ben Brocka
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 15:07
  • @BenBrocka Is this new? I got one of my questions on SharePoint.SE to be community wiki in july 2012. If it's not new I guess SharePoint uses it also. Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 15:21
  • The button for CW on questions has been removed for months, I think since I've been on SE, in fact
    – Ben Brocka
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 17:19
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    Just to note, the 'community wiki' status should have absolutely no (as in zero) bearing on whether the question is deemed as 'off topic' or 'not constructive' or whatever — See The Future of Community Wiki. Commented Mar 12, 2013 at 15:12

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Based on the site rules, it should be closed. It is tantamount to a "shopping request" - types of questions that are pretty much closed as soon as they are found by moderators.

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