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How do suggested edits work?

I have edited a few posts today and the edits got accepted. But, I did not gain any reputation.

What could be the reason?


  • 6
    Interesting that the bulk of your reps come from edits rather than upvotes.
    – Shawn Chin
    Commented Dec 23, 2011 at 8:54
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    Yeah, thats true, I review and edit questions mainly.
    – eeerahul
    Commented Dec 23, 2011 at 8:58
  • Well, based on the reputation profile, you have 1315 rep: 24 from questions ((2*5)+2)*2, none for answers. I think you did reach the 1000 rep cap from edits! (btw I've still 209 points I can't justify. Maybe the whole of my calcs are wrong) Commented Dec 23, 2011 at 9:04
  • Well, I've also asked some questions with up-votes, and also earned 100 points as bonus. Could not get a single up-vote on answers though :-(. Hence, I've decided to answer questions only when I know, what I am talking about. My question stands answered though! Thanks a lot!
    – eeerahul
    Commented Dec 23, 2011 at 9:08
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    From your editor stats: "eeerahul had 622 edit suggestions approved." You've already got all the rep you can via editing.
    – Mat
    Commented Dec 23, 2011 at 9:08
  • 2
    You can see how much reputation you got from suggested edits on the last line of this page. Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 6:29

2 Answers 2


Until you reach 2,000 reputation, your edits have to be approved or rejected. Only if they are approved you gain the +2 reputation.

There is also a cap on the reputation that can be earned this way. Once you've had 500 edits accepted - that's 1,000 points - you don't earn any more reputation.

  • Yeah, thats true, but I did not gain any reputation even though the edits were accepted.
    – eeerahul
    Commented Dec 23, 2011 at 8:46
  • @eeerahul: Maybe you [conveniently] got some downvotes that canceled the edits out?
    – Someone
    Commented Dec 23, 2011 at 8:46
  • Ha ha! I've checked; even that is not the case.
    – eeerahul
    Commented Dec 23, 2011 at 8:48
  • That's interesting. Just a bug then? I'd retag it as such.
    – Someone
    Commented Dec 23, 2011 at 8:49
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    My suggestion would be to remove this cap, so that there is always some incentive for editing posts.
    – eeerahul
    Commented Dec 23, 2011 at 9:15
  • 1
    I agree with @eeerahul
    – Daniel
    Commented Sep 10, 2012 at 21:11
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    @DantheMan Me too. And a suggestion: if a user passed 500+ edits and he doesn't have enough 2,000 reputations, he would deserve the right to edit posts directly without waiting for reviewers. I really hate those reviewers that keep rejecting my edits from e.g. fixing i to I. They say: too minor changes — ironic.
    – Lai Vung
    Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 2:11
  • @LaiVung: this is a highly unlikely scenario that one would reach 1,000 by making 500 accepted edits, but wouldn't have at least another 1,000 in reputation from one's own questions/answers.
    – user179079
    Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 21:19
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    I am not sure I am following this, But I get +2 rep everytime my suggested edit is accepted upon peer review. And I am not a high rep person either..
    – Sid
    Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 7:07
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    So all those who got over 2k rep no longer get +2 from edits because they can edit themselves? Ah so that's why. I am over 2k now so it is now much harder to get reps for us over 2k. Not getting +2 from edit anymore is a pain in the ass. Commented Oct 12, 2019 at 10:27

You have the Copy Editor badge(500 edits) and therefore (500 x 2 = 1000) hit the 1,000 points cap mentioned by Purmou.

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