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Sometimes we get not perfect posts that are immediately close-worthy and have pretty poor grammar. Normally I swoop in to keep people's English presentable, but should I do it for not-so-good closed posts as well?

I want to keep the site as presentable as possible but at the same time dedicating such effort to posts that are more than borderline closable seems dubious.

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Fix them if they're probably staying, don't bother if they will soon be deleted. –  Daniel Fischer Apr 4 '12 at 18:31
    
My bad for not reading very well nor following the link you provided, so let me stress that the above is referring to posts that will probably never be reopened again, but might still be visible on the site for some time. (Right?) –  Arjan Apr 4 '12 at 19:10
    
@Arjan yeah, that's my problem. This post is going to be on UX's front page for a couple days probably. Doesn't feel right just outright deleting it though since the user should be able to learn from their mistake –  Ben Brocka Apr 4 '12 at 19:26

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If doing so will aid in resurrecting the question (i.e. getting it reopened), then I think it's worth it. But not for unrecoverable posts. If the posts eventually get deleted anyway, your effort is wasted.

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Also, I feel that badly formatted/written posts that ask/rant about why things were closed, or about why one is question banned, or about why one cannot ask some specific question (10k: 1, 2, or screen capture 1, 2) should not be edited to make them look better. –  Arjan Apr 4 '12 at 18:45
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Nah, I'm referring to stuff that's blatantly off, but could use sprucing up because the writing is poor. I'd edit before closing otherwise of course –  Ben Brocka Apr 4 '12 at 18:55

If you think it can be salvaged to the point where it's an acceptable question, or if it's borderline, go ahead.

But if it's completely obvious that this is not a good fit for the site (i.e., can be immediately classified as off topic, too localized, etc.), and is not a migration candidate, then the ultimate fate of that question is, or at least should be, deletion.

Editing stuff that's going to be deleted anyway is a waste of your time, because:

  • it's not going to stick around, so it doesn't need to be pretty; your time is better spent elsewhere

  • if you suggest an edit, you're wasting the time of the people who review edit suggestions as well, and the +2 rep bonus will be revoked if the post is deleted anyway

  • the site doesn't give you any recognition for it; edits on deleted posts don't count for badges, for example

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