On main, I can click on the "edit" link on a post to propose an edit. On meta, it's not a link -- just text. Why are the privileges different? Or is this a bug?
Per this meta post:
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.
(highest rep on Bicycles as of the time I am writing is 5.6k)
We were uncomfortable adding Yet Another Queue for Moderators to Look At across every site in the network.
Short version: it's
status-bydesign because metas tend to not need a lot of edits in general.