There is a restriction currently which allows only 5 edits per users irrespective of whether you own the post or not.

When I started using Stack Overflow, I used to sign all my posts (nearly 700, now). Today, I was trying to remove some of the signatures, but I wasn't allowed to proceed further 5 edits.

I know these restrictions are really important, but I feel this should be relaxed for the users with more reps say 10K (at least to edit their own posts).

@casperOne asked me to raise this as a meta topic when we discussed this in this post. Please refer the comments of this post for more information.

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    "There is a restriction currently which allows only 5 edits per users irrespective of whether you own the post or not." I'm sure this restriction only applies to your own posts. Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 21:22
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    @Bolt is correct; this is an anti-ragequit measure. And those don't only happen with low-rep users either.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 21:27
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    It looks like there are 116 posts currently signed in this way; I'm not sure if administrators can step in and perform some kind of bulk edit?
    – user229044
    Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 22:01
  • @meagar, it would be great.. i used to delete when i came across my own posts.. i am glad if someone would bulk remove them
    – RameshVel
    Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 22:08

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I fixed a handful of them for you.

But each time an edit occurs, it bumps the question to the front page. Because we don't want the front page of Stack Overflow flooded with edited questions, I suggest you simply spend a few minutes each day doing the five you are allowed.

Also, we would be grateful if you could fix the spelling, grammatical and capitalization errors also. I found quite a few in the posts I fixed.

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    Important point: the devs have a tool for this, which would save your effort, the user's effort, and the patience of everyone seeing the front screen. For similar actions, please flag me down. I just did several hundred, for example. Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 8:35
  • @MarcGravell: OK.
    – user102937
    Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 16:05

We have an internal tool useful for bulk-deleting common phrases in a user's posts, and I have used this to clean up a few hundred more - however, it is possible I missed some patterns (it isn't the case that there is a single signature on all of your posts - many have never had any, etc). If there are a few more patterns you want removed, let me know which (example posts, please).

The advantage of this mechanism is that it does not bump the questions to the front page.


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