I got the error message Users cannot suggest edits when trying to suggest an edit to this question.

Why do I get this message?
And, more importantly: How can I make sure I can suggest edits again?

  • You can suggest edits by clicking the "edit" link which is below every post. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Dec 28 '15 at 16:37
  • @Shadow Wizard Users are not allowed.Even if I have commented once,I am not allowed to suggest an edit. – Mathews Mathai Dec 28 '15 at 16:39
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    @MathewsMathai Um...no? You can suggest an edit to [almost] any post, unless you've been edit banned for some reason. – Servy Dec 28 '15 at 16:43
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    The only time a low rep user (one without the "edit questions and answers" privilege) cannot suggest an edit is if there is already a suggested edit pending approval. – Oded Dec 28 '15 at 16:43
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    I recently got a message saying Users cannot suggest edits.What does that mean? – Mathews Mathai Dec 28 '15 at 16:45
  • You currently have a suggested edit from me. Would that convince you? – Simon Klaver Dec 28 '15 at 16:45
  • The only thing I did was comment – Mathews Mathai Dec 28 '15 at 16:45
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    Can you link at which question you got that message? – Simon Klaver Dec 28 '15 at 16:46
  • @MathewsMathai - where did you get this message? When? Was there a pending suggested edit? – Oded Dec 28 '15 at 16:46
  • @Simon Klaver I didn't recieve a suggestion yet.I am only talking about users(which I guess is the person who has already commented or added an answer). – Mathews Mathai Dec 28 '15 at 16:47
  • @MathewsMathai Whether you've commented or answered has nothing to do with your ability to suggest an edit. – Servy Dec 28 '15 at 16:52
  • @MathewsMathai - almost every user of these sites can suggest an edit. Every single one. Even those who are not registered. Even those who have never contributed a single question/answer/comment/vote. There is a small number of sites that do require registration first (Stack Overflow is the largest such site, but not the only one). Open an anonymous tab - go to most SE sites to a question - there is an "improve this question/answer" link on it. – Oded Dec 28 '15 at 16:52
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    We are saying the post is clearly incorrect. People can and do suggest edits - you have done so yourself. What we are asking for is clarification, as what you posted is not a representation of the experience people here have. – Oded Dec 28 '15 at 16:58
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    Did you even read what I wrote? There was a pending suggested edit that took 15 minutes to be approved. Within those 15 minutes no one was able to edit the question. How is that the same as a ban? As far as I can see you are not been banned from suggested edits. – Oded Dec 28 '15 at 17:11

Considering that you've suggested 10 edits clearly you know that edits can be suggested to posts.

Why you're proposing a feature that not only already exists, but that you've used repeatedly is beyond me.

Note that edits cannot be suggested to locked posts, posts with another pending suggested edit, or by users that have been temporarily banned from suggesting edits.

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  • I didn't say I can't suggest edits. – Mathews Mathai Dec 28 '15 at 16:53
  • @Math Then you're just being unclear. – nicael Dec 28 '15 at 16:53
  • @MathewsMathai Your question is, "Why aren't users allowed to suggest edits", which seems to imply pretty strongly that you can't suggest edits. If you can, the question makes no sense. – Servy Dec 28 '15 at 16:54
  • I mentioned that I got a message which said Users can't suggest edits which basically counts me as a user because I had commented on that post before suggesting an edit. – Mathews Mathai Dec 28 '15 at 16:54
  • Why would I post a question without any reason?....Of course I am aware that a person can suggest edits...but what about thaf error message? – Mathews Mathai Dec 28 '15 at 16:55
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    @MathewsMathai Yet you didn't post that in your question, didn't link to the post, and included literally no other related information. You just asked why users can't suggest edits, and they can. I'll also note that you got your answer anyway as I included in my answer the situations in which an edit cannot be suggested. – Servy Dec 28 '15 at 16:56
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    @MathewsMathai "Why would I post a question without any reason?" I have no idea why. Thousands of people ask extremely low quality, often quite senseless, questions every day. I've long sicne stopped trying to figure out why. – Servy Dec 28 '15 at 16:57

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