Upon editing a question or answer on SO, you are advised on the right-side of the page that you should:
- fix grammatical or spelling errors
- clarify meaning without changing it
- correct minor mistakes
- add related resources or links
- always respect the original author
Further, to format, you should do things like:
- backtick escapes
Earlier, I suggested the following edit, which was rejected: http://stackoverflow.com/review/suggested-edits/1673051
Normally such edits get 3/3 or 3/4 approved. I would guess they usually get approved because improving grammatical errors, clarifying meaning without changing it, correcting minor mistakes, and backticking escapes are the activities encouraged by the site. This time, I was overwhelmingly voted down.
I am from GMT -5, and given the time I made this suggestion, many people on SO were from East Asia. If you look at the members who voted on the suggested edit, you will see 4/5 were from India. For many people in India, English, and, more specifically American English, is a second language. These members, however, judge suggested edits and how they rank in terms of the above English-oriented criteria.
So, given these edit criteria, isn't it a problem that we have an international but non-internationalized community here? If the site was in Vietnamese French, and either I spoke Vietnamese French poorly or, instead, spoke it like a French person from Paris, wouldn't it complicate my ability to vote on suggested edits? Given that we have an international but non-internationalized community, perhaps the criteria for suggested edits should not be oriented around grammar and on particular language at all?
For reference: Original OP
Can't believe this was rejected: http://stackoverflow.com/review/suggested-edits/1673051
Normally such edits gets 3/3 or 3/4 approved. My impressions is that people in India were awake at the time of this suggestion, and it appears, sadly, that they don't know or appreciate English grammar and code formatting.
Thoughts? Really annoyed right now :<.