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Today I crossed the 200-reputation threshold, and received a notification that I'm now allowed to re-tag posts. This is confusing, because I had edited 6 or 7 questions before today and was able to update the title, text, and tags.

Am I missing something here? Shouldn't the ability to re-tag come before the ability to edit the entire question?

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  • $\begingroup$ Editing the entire post may have happened at 150 instead of 100, or at some other level... I wasn't paying attention at the time, but it was definitely a few days ago. $\endgroup$ – Ian Nov 15 '12 at 23:20
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    $\begingroup$ During the private beta a lot of rep requirements were drastically less than now. $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Nov 16 '12 at 5:16
  • $\begingroup$ I only joined a week ago, so I don't think it was that. $\endgroup$ – Ian Nov 16 '12 at 19:08
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At 100 reputation, you can only edit community wiki posts. Posts are made community wiki in exceptional situations where the wider-spread editing is desired. That's why it has the lower reputation requirements.

In the normal use case, editing other people's posts requires 1,000 reputation.

From the faq — What is reputation?

15      Vote up
15      Flag for moderator attention
50      Leave comments†
100     Edit community wiki posts
125     Vote down (costs 1 rep on answers)
150     Create new tags
200     Reduced advertising
200     Retag questions
250     Vote to close, reopen, or migrate your questions
500     Vote to close, reopen, or migrate any questions
750     Show total up and down vote counts
1000    Edit other people’s posts, vote to approve or reject suggested edits
1500    Vote to approve or reject suggested tag wiki edits
2000    Vote to delete closed questions, access to moderation tools
3500    Protect questions so only registered users with 10 rep on this site can answer
4000    Vote to delete negatively voted answers and stronger question deletion votes 

Note — These are the reduced reputation requirements that are in effect during the public beta.

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    $\begingroup$ It definitely wasn't community wiki posts that I edited. Maybe I'm confusing the ability to edit posts with the ability to submit changes that must be approved by someone else. Is that a possibility? If so, the faq might be made clearer... robotics is my first experience with stackexchange, so maybe this affects me more than long-time stackexchange users. $\endgroup$ – Ian Nov 16 '12 at 19:10
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm... Nothing comes to mind. Suggested edits are allowed at 1-rep and the private beta allows full editing at 500. $\endgroup$ – Robert Cartaino Nov 16 '12 at 20:35

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