I see many borderline questions being asked by speakers of English as a second language. Sometimes they are legitimate questions that, due to improper english, come through as non-questions. Often these will get closed WHILE trying to edit them for poor word choice that usually fixes the question.
I'm not asking for the same kind of flagging as discussed here: I think we need a flag for non-English speakers
I try to take the time to read behind the lines and get at the question they're asking, but more often than not five guys with like 92,000 points take it upon themselves to close the question within 3 minutes.
So, I understand the importance of closing questions that suck. What are possible ways to allow time to work with the user to improve their question a bit? Often, it is just a simple word choice problem that can easily salvage the question. Grace period? No closing when discussion is actively going on? Any other ideas?
From my experience trying to work on the Renren APIs, with all code comments in Chinese and all API documentation in Chinese, it can be the most frustrating experience, ever. I can't imagine if I went on a renren forum to ask for help and then get all my valid questions shot down in a minute because my Chinese is lacking.
Haha, maybe I'm just too used to reading broken English and can understand it. Is it really a bad question just because it uses different idiom?