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Why can any user edit any other user’s question or answer?

I just asked a question and I was going to comment on one of the answers. Instead, I accidentally hit edit and I was able to change the person's answer. I did not hit save, so I don't know if it would have saved it, but I just noticed it had the edit to begin with. Can you really save over other people's answers?

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marked as duplicate by Lix, Adam Lear Oct 14 '12 at 1:21

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It's amazing that a user can get to 2000 rep without realizing that people can edit other people's posts. – Kyle Cronin Jul 22 '09 at 22:19
It wouldn't be so hard for those users who amass all their rep points by asking lots of questions but don't really participate in the community at all. – a_m0d Jul 22 '09 at 23:02
remember, the edit threshold is only 100 now for CW questions. – Jeff Atwood Jul 23 '09 at 1:25

My guess is you got edit ability when you just hit 2000 rep.

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