I've noticed that no posts (questions or answers) on Meta have a link to edit them. I highly doubt every single one I've looked at has a pending edit, so why can't I edit any of them?

EDIT: Apparently I am able to edit my own posts (good thing, had a pretty blatant typo in the title).


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After digging around on various Meta sites, I found a link on SuperUser's Meta to this answer.

To summarize:

Mostly because the per-site metas are generally low traffic -- some of them count daily visits in the dozens.

That means the moderators will have to do the work, since the 10k site users are the only ones that can even see this queue. And on many sites, like say Bicycles -- there are exactly zero users at this rep level, even after many months.

According to this answer, not allowing suggested edits on meta sites is by design.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I see, but I don't understand it. What's the difference with allowing it like on the main site, since the rep is the same? Makes no sense, as most decisions around here. \$\endgroup\$
    – o0'.
    Feb 8, 2012 at 15:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ The main site gets much more traffic than Meta, so the edit queue is more likely to be handled in a shorter time (still seems to me to take a longer on this site than others) \$\endgroup\$
    – yoozer8
    Feb 8, 2012 at 15:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ Fine, it would be longer. So...? \$\endgroup\$
    – o0'.
    Feb 8, 2012 at 15:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ BTW it wouldn't be longer, since less users --> less edits. As much as less users --> less edit reviewers. \$\endgroup\$
    – o0'.
    Feb 8, 2012 at 15:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ Fewer users might mean fewer edits, but the decision was made to prevent all the work of approving/rejecting edits from falling solely on moderators. \$\endgroup\$
    – yoozer8
    Feb 8, 2012 at 15:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Still doesn't compute. It would be just like on the main site, only with both less edits and less users able to approve them. Unless there is data showing the "users able to approve them" decrease much more than the edits themselves, it makes no sense. \$\endgroup\$
    – o0'.
    Feb 8, 2012 at 16:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ There are no pending edits on this meta site, though. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tetrad
    Feb 8, 2012 at 16:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Tetrad that's because suggested edits are not allowed \$\endgroup\$
    – yoozer8
    Feb 8, 2012 at 16:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, well your link didn't explicitly point to the question where they said this is "by design". meta.stackexchange.com/questions/78223/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Tetrad
    Feb 8, 2012 at 17:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ I will add that link. \$\endgroup\$
    – yoozer8
    Feb 8, 2012 at 17:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ Notably, if a post is Community Wiki (a checkbox just below the post-input box) then anyone can edit. This is part of why some really important discussion posts (such as FAQ editing) are CW in meta -- to allow any user to edit the post! \$\endgroup\$
    – Aarthi
    Feb 8, 2012 at 18:55

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