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?


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 '11 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 '11 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 '13 at 2:18
  • @Izkata - why?? Aug 20 '13 at 11:11
  • I had a "What the frell are you... oh, this is from over two years ago" moment =P
    – Izkata
    Aug 20 '13 at 13:54

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