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Why am I not allowed to edit posts?

I've started cleaning up a number of questions related to a rarely used keyword, i.e. adding tags to related questions and removing the tag from wrongly tagged questions.

However, after a number of edits (I'd say about 10??) I cannot edit any post any more.

The Edit button is simply disabled for every question - anybody knows what's going on?


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You don't have the ability to actually edit questions until you hit 2000 reputation (you have ~450 at this writing). Until then, you can make edit suggestions, which must be approved by (in the case of Stack Overflow) two other 2k+ users, or rejected by two 2k+ users.

You've had a large number of your edit suggestions rejected. Once you've hit a limit, you're prevented from making any further suggestions for a week.

Looking over your suggestions, it looks like a large number of them have been rejected for being too minor. Quoting from the rejection reason, This edit is too minor; suggested edits should be substantive improvements addressing multiple issues in the post. As Lucifer says, adding or removing a tag by itself isn't considered a substantive edit. Look around for other positive changes you can make to posts. They're almost always there.

Take this post at random: lots of juicy product naming issues, and a title that could use clarification.

  • Hmm.. categorizing questions so you can find them is irrelevant? Interesting.
    – Jay
    Oct 1, 2012 at 5:41
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    How on earth did you get that from my answer, @Jay? Oct 1, 2012 at 5:42
  • Well - that's all the rejected edits were about and why I'm now 'locked out' :-)
    – Jay
    Oct 1, 2012 at 5:43
  • +1 ( already done )for added my name :P
    – Lucifer
    Oct 1, 2012 at 5:46

Simply adding a tag is not always a good edit. You have only added a tag in 4-5 posts only.

[spotlight] tag added as the question refers to the Spotlight search technology in OS X

This is really not an edit, and you have repeated the same edit for more than one post.

Users with more than 2K reputation have reviewed your posts and rejected it. When 6 (or more) posts get rejected, the system will not allow you to edit more posts.

Now you have to wait probably a week to pass for coming out from this edit suspension period.

From your profile activity page, it seems you have just started editing yesterday. Your first post for the same edit has been approved. But it doesn't mean the same editing can work on other posts too. That's why the same edit was rejected.

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    Yeah - because I was categorizing relevant posts to the appropriate category?? Still don't get why some people deem that irrelevant :-(
    – Jay
    Oct 1, 2012 at 5:44
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    @Jay, it's not that your edit was irrelevant, it's that A) modifying tags can be done with the "edit tags" link that appears to the right of the tags (no need to suggest edits for tags) and B) if there are other issues in a post that need to be fixed and you only fix one of them, then the edit is "too minor". As both Lucifer and Michael P suggests, try fixing all of the problems with the post so your edits are "substantive". Good luck!
    – jmort253
    Oct 2, 2012 at 3:24
  • Ok, thanks for the background.. look's like I'm still a couple points short of Editing Tags (<500)
    – Jay
    Oct 2, 2012 at 4:43

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