When you, as OP, edit a question/answer in the first minutes after posting, the edit will not be registered in the edit history

Steps to reproduce :

  • Post a question/answer
  • Edit it, while leaving the edit summary blank

Expected result :

Like in all SE sites I have contributed to, such edits are taken into the edit history even after such little period of time

Happening :

The question/answer will be edited, but the edit history is not populated and there will not be a edited <date> message. Such behavior ends after ~30min where all edits made after will join the edit history

Can reproduce on Firefox 101, Chrome 102 on all platforms (Mobile and Desktop)

EDIT: I have verified that the bug is also here in Meta (I changed edit reason to edit summary)

1 Answer 1


As far as I remember I have seen it called the grace period and it is common on several or all Stack Exchange sites. SeeĀ Editing FAQ on Meta for more information.

So I would not call it a bug but a feature which was unknown to you till now.

It is not (normally) 30 minutes but more like 5 minutes.

I edited this answer after 'one' minute, not edit message.
I edited after two minutes with a reason and it did get an edit message.

But the next edit without a reason did not change the edited message.

  • Would that be likely to be site-specific? I am pretty sure AskUbuntu for ex. doesn't have such thing (although I might be mistaken) Commented Jun 18, 2022 at 20:14
  • Sometimes sites can use or not use some network features, I am not sure whether this is one of those or not. I just assume that it is the same on all sites, edit within a few (5?) minutes and it does not get the marker. (I often do not add a reason as it is mostly spelling errors I did catch after posting.)
    – Willeke Mod
    Commented Jun 18, 2022 at 20:19
  • Got it, thanks @Willeke Commented Jun 18, 2022 at 20:26

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