bbPress disables topics and replies editing for normal users after 5 minutes by default.
bbPress before 2.6
Only keymasters and moderators can edit topics or replies after the editing is disabled for regular users. You can change the edit expiration time in the WordPress Settings -> bbPress -> Disallow editing after. You can only change the time limit, but this feature can’t be disabled.
bbPress 2.6 or newer
This has been changed, and in bbPress 2.6 you can set this value to 0, allowing editing to always work. This option is under Settings -> Forums -> Forum User Settings -> Editing.
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In version 2.6.3, this setting does not work as stated – if you enter “0” it will default to 5 upon saving. Any idea why it is not working? I have set mine to 525600 minutes (1 year) in the meantime.
Sorry for late reply. This looks like a bug in bbPress, hopefully, it will be fixed in next minor update.