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I am seeing a problem with a lot of the new Stack Exchange sites. There are not enough users with edit rights to make the clear and simple edits that are needed. So we are getting lots of comment asking for edits.

Therefore I think, while a site is in beta, any user that has over XYZ rep on another site should be given edit rights. By the time the site comes out of beta enough users should have gained edit rights on the site itself – otherwise the beta is ending too soon.

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Reputation requirements are already much lowered on stackexchanges. – badp Jul 27 '10 at 11:38
See also… – Pops Jul 27 '10 at 15:39
up vote 6 down vote accepted

All users (even anonymous users) can now suggest edits to posts.

This gives users without explicit edit rights the chance to improve the sites' content through a peer-review process (see the link for more information).

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Why not?

Because some rights like close and edit require domain knowledge not knowledge of how Stack Exchange works.

While I know quite a bit about programming and using computers, I'm not so hot on administering servers or websites. So while I might be able to contribute some knowledge I haven't demonstrated that I know enough to be able to edit questions or vote to close.

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but you know how to fix a spelling/tagging error, and should know what you don't know. However I tend to agree with "close" rights – Ian Ringrose Jul 27 '10 at 12:45
@Ian - unfortunately an edit is a edit and system can't easily tell the difference between correcting the spelling/grammar/code format and changing the meaning of a post. – ChrisF Jul 27 '10 at 12:56

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