I gained the "suggest edit" privilege and badge yesterday. Today I edited code in some questions. But suddenly I found that I am unable to edit any post any more.

When I will get edit-suggesting privileges back?

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    5 out of 6 suggested edits have been rejected, and you've been blocked for one week. Jul 5, 2013 at 13:27
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    This is definitely too minor, and this is a change that is too invasive: it changes the answer instead of just making it easier to understand. Jul 5, 2013 at 13:29
  • 4
    Generally speaking, you want to avoid editing code in other posts. Leave a comment instead. Most definitely do not change the meaning of code in other answers. Jul 5, 2013 at 13:29
  • 5
    One of your suggested edits only replaced all the double quotes around strings with single quotes. Javascript supports both, so using one over the other is only a matter of personal preference. What did you think that edit would achieve? Jul 5, 2013 at 13:29
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    @FrédéricHamidi: It also added a missing quote. My guess is that the other quote changes were there just to pass the minimum change requirement. Which is in and of itself a sign the edit should have been left to the OP or to someone with 2k+ rep. Jul 5, 2013 at 13:30
  • @Martijn, ah, you're right, I missed that. Still, why change the quote type? (Bypassing the minimum change requirement was not the answer I was looking for ;) Jul 5, 2013 at 13:30
  • @FrédéricHamidi: when added missing quote and tried to submit edit, it said me to edit atleast 6 characters, then what would I do, so to edit code I replaced other 5 double quotes to single quotes, which finally edit 6 characters. :) Jul 5, 2013 at 13:34
  • I would almost say this might come in handy @MartijnPieters ;)
    – Bart
    Jul 5, 2013 at 13:35
  • @Bart: Yup, already aware of that post. :-) Jul 5, 2013 at 13:37
  • Also, the question for which the edit which was successful meant the question (and your answer) no longer make sense - I rolled back the edit.
    – hayd
    Jul 5, 2013 at 14:04

2 Answers 2


Before you gain your privilege back, make sure to read the whole Help page on the topic. And I'll quote the most relevant part on what makes a good edit:

Why can people edit my posts? How does editing work?

When should I edit posts?

Common reasons for edits include:

  • To fix grammar and spelling mistakes

  • To clarify the meaning of the post (without changing that meaning)

  • To include additional information only found in comments, so all of the information relevant to the post is contained in one place

  • To correct minor mistakes or add updates as the post ages

  • To add related resources or hyperlinks

When editing a post, try to fix everything you can.

You can also learn by inspecting the edit history of Q&A's from your area of interest. Looks like it's ASP.net: here are the most voted and probably heavily edited.


You are banned from making edit suggestions for 7 days, because too many of your suggested edits were being rejected. The measure exists to make you stop and reevaluate what you are doing.

Specifically, 5 out of 6 of your suggested edits have been rejected.

Some suggestions for avoiding that in the future:

  • Do not change code, especially not the meaning of code. Fixing a missing quote is one thing, changing class names is entirely different. Most reviewers will reject such edits.

  • Fix more than just a missing quote or a broken link. Suggested edits should be more substantial, fix grammar, spelling, improve formatting across the whole post.

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    Even fixing a missing quote is dangerous - it's possible that error exists with the OP's code and is causing problems. Jul 5, 2013 at 13:57

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