Today, I wanted to try an edit a potentially valid question which was asked in incorrect tone (as a rant) and was thus closed.

However, there was no "Edit" tag.

I know this is not a general rule on SE sites - I can edit closed questions on SO. I can also edit non-closed questions on SciFi SE.

Is this some special privilege to edit closed questions that I lack on SciFi due to insufficient rep? Or some SciFi SE specific rule?

2 Answers 2


There used to be restrictions around suggesting edits to closed questions, but they have been lifted.

The current restrictions are:

  • You cannot suggest an edit on a post if there is already a pending suggested edit on that post.
  • There are no suggested edits on the meta site.
  • Anonymous users (people who suggest an edit without having an account) must wait until the post is at least 10 minutes old.
  • A user who has had too many suggested edits rejected may be prevented from suggesting edits for a few days.

See the suggested edit FAQ for more information.

  • The 6-hour limit is for anonymous edits. Mar 12, 2011 at 7:51
  • @Rebecca: Ooops, thanks for the correction. I still can't find any mention of the restriction on closed questions.
    – user56
    Mar 12, 2011 at 14:10

I just realized that I don't yet have full editing privileges.

According to the FAQ:

1000 rep Edit other people’s posts, vote to approve or reject suggested edits

This must be why I also don't even see the "Edit" link on closed questions.

  • It is so bizarre seeing this now, since Gilles's edit bumped the post...
    – Izkata
    Aug 20, 2013 at 2:18
  • @Izkata - why?? Aug 20, 2013 at 11:11
  • I had a "What the frell are you... oh, this is from over two years ago" moment =P
    – Izkata
    Aug 20, 2013 at 13:54

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .