I am editing questions for better understanding. However, for an approved edit, I get 2 Reputation points. On Rejection, I get 0 points, with reason. Recently, I have successfully edited one question, this is the link: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8784757/unable-to-run-new-project-after-updating-the-eclipse-and-adtold-proj-are-runnin

It is showing that I have edited the question, but I haven't received any reputation points for it. What is the reason for not getting reputation points for successful editing?

2 Answers 2


User called Java edited the code sample, see this suggested edit.

By retagging the question, you actually Approved his suggested edit and added your own edit, which was the tags edit.

When you'll have 2K+ rep you'll see it's called "Improve". :)

Another option for what happened is that you really edited the code adding formatting plus edited the tags, but the other user also edited the code and the two edits were merged.

  • yes, I think this is the reason.
    – Lucifer
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 8:56
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    Wait, so people with only the retag privilege can improve and therefor accept suggested edits!? That sounds wrong... Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 9:33
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    @Bobby well, retag performs full edit behind the scenes but allows only tags edit - so yes, sounds like we stumbled over hidden feature/bug - you name it. As the senior among the two of us, will you report this on separate discussion? :-) Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 9:34
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    Woah woah woah...slow down there buddy..."senior"...now I feel...odd. ;) Well, I did...thanks for asking. :) Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 9:57
  • @Bobby lol! Nicely done, you got my vote. :) Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 10:04

You have enough reputation to retag questions. Retags do not go through an approval process and therefore do not earn you any additional reputation. Only edit suggestions that change content along with tags will earn you reputation when approved.

  • but I had also edited code sample.
    – Lucifer
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 8:51
  • @Arjun: If you did, I'm not seeing it. I only see "edited tags" with your name in the question's revision history: stackoverflow.com/posts/8784757/revisions Or did you link to the wrong question? Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 8:52
  • ok, I saw the editing history, there was another user, who also edited code sample, so I think he saved first that's why it is not showing in my editing history.
    – Lucifer
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 8:54
  • In that case, looks like Shadow Wizard got it right. Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 8:55

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