TL;DR: It was discovered on Gaming that I cannot suggest edits on a closed question. I can edit open posts and >2k rep users can edit the closed post.

Is the fact that I am unable to suggest edits on a closed question by design or a bug?

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    This is correct. Closed questions cannot be edited by users without full edit privileges. As to whether this is by design, I cannot say.
    – Cody Gray
    May 25, 2011 at 5:33
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    I suspect this is by design, but good question.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jun 2, 2011 at 16:56
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    This isn't in the suggested edit FAQ, but should be, if “can't suggest edits to a closed question” is indeed what is implemented. Jun 2, 2011 at 20:43

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I just pushed a change that allows this.

This was by-design however it seems people dislike this design. I do want us to allow people to clean up tags on old closed questions.

  • will be deployed today
    – waffles
    Jun 14, 2011 at 2:44
  • Thank you! What was the reasoning for making it behave this way in the first place?
    – John
    Jun 14, 2011 at 2:56
  • @John ... my gut ... but it seems to have been wrong
    – waffles
    Jun 14, 2011 at 3:11
  • @waffles, I wanted to suggest an edit to this question as per the post on Meta to help remove the 'rant' portions to help future users of PhpStorm. But I can't. The link isn't there. Should I open a bug report?
    – M. Tibbits
    Aug 3, 2011 at 20:47
  • Is an answered question considered closed (when OP accepts an answer as correct)? I got a message saying that I cannot edit a question. Only thing I noticed was, it had been answered. Nov 15, 2015 at 15:51

It's really frustrating on the sites that I'm not 2k, to see closed questions that need the tags changed and not being able to. Some of them were migrated from other sites, and have tags that don't even exist on the site they were migrated to.

Please enable suggested edits on any question that a user can see.

Here's a sample question on Super User that should have the (yeh, I know it should be , but Super User did it differently), but a user who couldn't edit tags couldn't do anything about it. This isn't end-of-the-world stuff, but for those of us who like to clean things up, it's frustrating.

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