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How do suggested edits work?

It seems that I was able to vote/approve a suggested edit without having the required 5000 rep. Is this a feature I wasn't aware of?

I came across this post and in the middle of refreshing and commenting on it, I noticed the edit link under the post change to:


Or something of that sort, I don't remember the details exactly. Then being the curious person that I am, I of course clicked on it and up came this dialog asking me to approve/reject/etc. I couldn't resist approving it just to see if it would work, and low and behold, I got credit for approving it.

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I unfortunately don't have screenshots of the edit link changing or the approve/reject dialog. Are users below 5000 rep allowed to approve/reject edits?

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    You need 2000 rep to be able to review suggested edits, the same amount to be able to do regular edits. You apparently have enough rep to do so. 2031 >= 2000 Jan 27, 2012 at 16:09
  • @JeffMercado Reading through this page, I was under the impression you could only do that at 5000 rep. Jan 27, 2012 at 16:11
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    5000 is when you gain access to "review" the list. You can do the approve/reject at 2k Jan 27, 2012 at 16:12
  • @AndrewBarber Ohh.. I see, bummer. Jan 27, 2012 at 16:12
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    @AndrewBarber So obvious follow-up question, is there any query I can run that will give me a list of all the edits in the system waiting for approval? Jan 27, 2012 at 16:17
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    In other news, "approved 1 edit suggestion__s__"?! I'd post about this but I'm allergic to giant letters.
    – Pops
    Jan 27, 2012 at 16:18
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    You can find suggested edits to approve/reject. Look at the accepted answer on my question: Can I review pending edits?. Jan 27, 2012 at 17:47

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You only need 2,000 rep to make/approve edits to regular posts, 5,000 is for tag wiki edits.

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    You missed something. 5000 is also when you gain access to the suggested edits queue. Jan 27, 2012 at 16:18

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