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I'm 3k on SO, so I have full edit privileges. One of the nice perks that comes with this is that another page doesn't have to load just so I can make an edit. (Before 2k, a separate page loads to suggest an edit. After 2k, a Gen-U-Wine SuperAwesome InPlaceEdit thingy pops up to replace the post - making it editable in-place, no page-reloading require.)

I know why the non-privileged users don't get the in-place editor: rate limiting. It's harder to choke up a review queue when you have to load a new page to suggest an edit.

However, what about their own posts?

<2k users have full edit privileges on their own posts - why not let them have the in-place editor that the >2k users get?

Suggestion: Let users without edit privs use the in-place editor for their own posts.

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< 2k users see a vastly different edit page than we do, in particular one with more text. I'm not sure you can cram those into the in-place editor, which is just the editor control. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn May 27 '13 at 16:54
    
Has probably to do with the size of the delivered JS. The in-place edit takes some extra space in the JS (which is heavily cached). –  Johannes Kuhn May 27 '13 at 16:54
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@BoltClock For their own posts, though? Do we need to? –  Undo May 27 '13 at 17:07
    
@Undo: Oh, I missed that somehow. I'm not sure to be honest - it would make things inconsistent for those users (e.g. why is it in-place for own posts and not others). –  BoltClock's a Unicorn May 27 '13 at 17:08
    
@BoltClock I don't know - we could say 'this is a taste of the awesomeness you could achieve. Now go answer something!' –  Undo May 27 '13 at 17:11
    
Note that the <2k users's editor also contain a bunch of guideline on the side meant to educate them (which no one even bother looking at...). –  nhahtdh May 27 '13 at 17:55
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I think this is .

Users without 2k has not yet gained the trust of the community1 to do edits. They might be new to MarkDown syntax for formatting, and they might not know what constitutes a good edit. The edit screen, which contains information on How To Edit and How To Format, gives them short and sweet guideline on the matter.

1 In reality, reputation is not a good indication of editing skill, since 2000 reputation can be gained very quickly. However, it is a subject of discussion for another time.

The in-place edit is meant for users who have gained the trust of community to do edits on their own, and are expected to have known the syntax and what makes a proper edit; therefore, they don't need to be shown the guideline that they have already known.

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Yes, I have only been active for a few months - but I like to think I know what I'm doing. –  Undo May 27 '13 at 22:31
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