I was recently editing a post. However, my edit could not be submitted and the error said

It has to be a suggested edit."

What does it mean and does it have something to do with reputation?

EDIT: Based on the answers and comments, I would like to add that I edit the posts quite often without any trouble and always it is visible to me only until it is peer reviewed. However, this time, I could not even submit the edit! The system did not accept the edit and threw the above error at me.

  • $\begingroup$ IIRC the expectečd behavior is that after you submit the edit, you see the message: Thanks for your edit! This edit will be visible only to you until it is peer reviewed. $\endgroup$ Jul 23, 2013 at 9:50
  • $\begingroup$ When I look at your profile page, I see that you were able to suggest edits before. $\endgroup$ Jul 23, 2013 at 9:52
  • $\begingroup$ Have it happened again when you tried to edit something? If it happens again, perhaps you could add a screenshot. $\endgroup$ Jul 23, 2013 at 13:49
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    $\begingroup$ Is it possible that someone else submitted a suggested edit while you were making yours? $\endgroup$ Jul 23, 2013 at 14:00
  • $\begingroup$ This has just happened to me. I was changing a question's title only and got the "It has to be a suggested edit" message. When I made a small change to the question body as well, the edit was accepted (pending review). I can provide a screenshot if anyone wants to see it. It also seems that someone else was editing at the same as me so maybe that was it. $\endgroup$ Jul 27, 2013 at 20:16

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You need $2000$ reputation points to be able to edit others' posts. Before you reach that, your edits are considered suggestions and have to be approved by others.

See Edit Questions and Answers privilege.


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