Here's how one of my recent flags was handled by a mod.

Wikipedia is not a reliable source, needs a citation banner – sv. Feb 23 at 19:16

declined - wiki can be quoted for this question.

A similar flag from a few weeks ago was handled differently:

Multiple unsupported claims. Only references are to Wikipedia articles. Needs a citation banner. – sv. Feb 1 at 3:40 helpful

Does this mean Wikipedia can now be used as the only/primary source for answering for certain types of questions? If yes, what exactly are those types?

  • oh looks like wiki was quoted in the question. If it is so, then I think it is fine. Otherwise, if it is in the answer then that flag shouldn't be declined.
    – Mr_Green
    Mar 2, 2021 at 3:16
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    "oh looks like wiki was quoted in the question" -- How did you come to that conclusion? Wikipedia was cited in the answer only. Mod who handled the flag says Wikipedia can be considered as a valid source for the concerned question (to which the flagged answer was posted).@Mr_Green
    – Rickross
    Mar 2, 2021 at 5:42
  • oh ok, I thought so because of mention of question here - "wiki can be quoted for this question". my bad.
    – Mr_Green
    Mar 2, 2021 at 8:19
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    But in what circumstances we are allowing wiki source answers? This is new to me
    – Mr_Green
    Mar 2, 2021 at 8:20
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    It must be an ad hoc case. Generally Wiki is not accepted as a valid source. It is reasonable for us to comment on the flag handling by the mod only when we know what was the question and what was the answer.@Mr_Green
    – Rickross
    Mar 3, 2021 at 5:52
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    @sv. add the post links for better clarity.
    – Mr_Green
    Mar 4, 2021 at 3:13


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