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From time to time, I notice some imperfections (e.g. misspellings, usage of incorrect words — which can be replaced with synonyms to make questions much more understandable — and inconsistent tagging) in question/post text. Sometimes I am in a constructive mood and wouldn't mind contributing as an editor. How many reputation points do I need to be able to do so?

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As stated in the FAQ you need 2000 Reputation to edit other people's postings.

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Or 100 if the posts are marked as "Community Wiki". – Michael Petrotta Oct 2 '10 at 21:05

Here's the list of the reputation you need for each modification on SO :

  • Community-Wiki Post : 100 reputations
  • Tag : 500 reputations
  • Non Community-Wiki Post : 2000 reputations

Note : The reputation can change from a site to an other, always refer to the FAQ for the exact value.

Extra Note: When you retag a question, you may want to create a completly new tag which requires 1500 reputations.

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Nitpicky -1. Normally, retagging only takes 500 rep, as you say... but you now need 1500 to create a new tag. – Pops Oct 3 '10 at 3:06
@Popular Creating a new tag is a different task than editing the list of existing tag. – HoLyVieR Oct 3 '10 at 3:12
whoa, "Hox." And yeah, it's different, unless you're editing the list to include a new tag. – Pops Oct 3 '10 at 3:13
@Popular I had to do a monthly name change, I couldn't resist :p – HoLyVieR Oct 3 '10 at 3:15
+2 (don't get to say that very often) – Pops Oct 3 '10 at 3:18

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