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It's been a while since I contributed to this site, but having just done so, I noticed a mistake in my post:

Ah, I'll quickly change this. But wait, there is no edit button. Oh!

Where has the 'Edit' button gone? Was there ever an edit button? Or do I need to go and purchase a set of spectacles?
 
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In the past (quite a while ago) there was an edit button, but these days there generally isn't. The best option is probably to post the correction as a reply to your post.
 
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Thanks Tim. I'm curious as to the rationale behind that decision. Is there any particular reason post editing is not a general feature? The only reason I can think of is users editing their post to remove or significantly change it after one or more replies, thus losing discussion context. Makes sense to limit editing in that case.
 
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Here is one discussion regarding editing posts https://coderanch.com/t/683892/Request-removing-Editing-restrictionsnwhich may help clear this up.
 
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Yes, that is the main reason. There was quite a bit of that going on, so we decided to limit the editing capability.
 
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Ashley Bye wrote:. . . The only reason I can think of is users editing their post to remove or significantly change it after one or more replies, thus losing discussion context. . . .

Unfortunately that used to be a frequent occurrence, which caused some of us no end of annoyance. I was one of the people it annoyed more. When we had the edit button visible that sort of thing could happen every twenty‑four hours or even more. It takes very little effort for us mods to edit a post on request.
 
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