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I just suggested a revision for this question: Normalization of database that is imported / exported alot

I corrected the word alot to lot and put this in the edit summary:

edited title. (alot is not a word)

But then I felt the user would not feel comfortable being taught something this way and just put this instead:

edited title.

I am wondering if you guys also come across this kind of thing and whether you chose to go with the first kind of edit or the second one to avoid unnecessary thoughts.

In my defense, I get pissed off when people say thanks allot or thanks alot and I react every time I see it. :-|

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Note that there is no reason to correct end phrases with thanks in them because they should be wholly removed anyway. See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2950/… –  N.N. Jan 7 '12 at 12:50
I just meant the general incorrect usage of allot/alot. I do know that thanks and greetings are removed. –  Nanda Jan 7 '12 at 12:52
I sometimes put a link to this great thing in the edit summary in this case. :) –  Mat Jan 7 '12 at 13:08
That is a hilarious post. –  Nanda Jan 7 '12 at 13:20

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

Spelling and grammar corrections are acceptable - anything that improves a question is a good thing.

What you put in the summary is up to you - "Improved spelling/grammar" is an option.

Though the purpose of SO is not to teach English, helping people understand the edits and thus improve their English is a good thing - so your first option will have more benefit for the OP.

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+1 for your words. I asked a question which was very similar to the original poster's, in this case it was an every/ever typo; one which I frequently make myself, and my reputation was downvoted here on meta.stackoverflow more than any other single post I've ever made. –  User.1 Feb 26 '13 at 3:40
@User.1 - On Meta, downvotes tend to mean disagreement. I doubt anyone downvoted your question over spelling/grammar. –  Oded Feb 26 '13 at 9:22

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