How does the community want to respond to questions like: "Is I, Robot Wrote By Isaac Asimov", beyond the issue of Google-able questions?

Should they ignore the grammar issues and respond to the content of the question, edit without comment, edit with comment, or some other solution?


I'd be inclined to edit without comment in simple cases like "wrote => written". In cases where it's difficult to make sense of the question due to grammar, a discussion in comments is probably more appropriate.

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    my vote, also I think questions are easier to find when correctly written, easier to answer and easier to follow. Also questions are easier to find again. Maintainance of good language is therefore very important. – Samuel Herzog Jan 12 '11 at 12:20

I find this is a tricky question sometimes. I personally find it very difficult to edit for spelling and grammar, and not also "improve" the question by correcting odd regional phrasing, adding commas to indicate pauses, etc. It's a fine line between "I'm fixing this so it's more readable" and "I'm fixing this to fit my standards of how things should be written".

That said, I think it's a noble thing to do in general, and it's surprisingly useful in terms of ferreting out little ambiguities. For example, when editing this question, I realized that I'd submitted the wrong answer because I confused who "he" was in the question. Editing it made that more clear to me, so I could make it more clear to others. Of course, that does raise the possibility of accidentally changing it via "correction" in much the same way that many Biblical variations came about (a scribe, coming upon a misspelled word, fixed it to the wrong word).


I'd fix it if I had enough reputation to do so. Does anyone at all have enough already?

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    According to the users page, 2 users currently have the 500 rep needed to edit questions & answers. – Nellius Jan 12 '11 at 11:51

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