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Why can any user edit any other user’s question or answer?

I just asked a question and I was going to comment on one of the answers. Instead, I accidentally hit edit and I was able to change the person's answer. I did not hit save, so I don't know if it would have saved it, but I just noticed it had the edit to begin with. Can you really save over other people's answers?


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This is addressed in the FAQ:

Like Wikipedia, this site is collaboratively edited. If you are not comfortable with the idea of your questions and answers being edited by other trusted users, this may not be the site for you.

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    It's amazing that a user can get to 2000 rep without realizing that people can edit other people's posts. Jul 22, 2009 at 22:19
  • It wouldn't be so hard for those users who amass all their rep points by asking lots of questions but don't really participate in the community at all.
    – a_m0d
    Jul 22, 2009 at 23:02
  • remember, the edit threshold is only 100 now for CW questions. Jul 23, 2009 at 1:25

My guess is you got edit ability when you just hit 2000 rep.

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