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What’s the correct response to poorly-phrased questions?

Apologies if this has already been discussed in some other form in this site.

If you see a question with a "not-so-perfect" language/expression/description, would you immediately downvote/vote for closure? Or would you take the trouble to stretch a bit and try to understand the question contextually (it is indeed possible - I have seen some veterans here post graceful answers despite minimal data - they probably use the meta-data/tags/error messages and such to understand the question better, while refraining from making any negative comments whatsoever on the questioner's limitation with the language). But at times I see the opposite happening and I want to know if being too quick to judge someone based on their language/expression might not seriously discourage any knowledge sharing and even growth for anyone who may not have english as the first language.

Afterall this is a knowledge-sharing site, not a language forum. Is the annoyance and short fuse justified?

Looking forward to hear opinions.

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marked as duplicate by random, Ladybug Killer, BinaryMisfit Oct 27 '09 at 9:16

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

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While searching for the dupe: If you can't edit the answer, leave a comment that the questions needs some edits. If nothing happens, downvote it as being unclear. – Ladybug Killer Oct 27 '09 at 8:47
    
Here is the dupe: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19280/… – Ladybug Killer Oct 27 '09 at 8:50
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I have a question/answer dyslexia: Should be "If you can't edit the question..." – Ladybug Killer Oct 27 '09 at 8:52
    
@Smithers Just call everything a post, makes it so much easier. – random Oct 27 '09 at 8:53
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@random: Sometimes you have to distinguish between posts and posts... – Ladybug Killer Oct 27 '09 at 8:55
    
oops. it IS a duplicate. So sorry - my mistake. – Critical Skill Oct 27 '09 at 9:22

You've only been a member for 13 days (judging by your profile)

WRONG! I'm sorry about that. I think I must have looked at your profile on MSO by mistake.

But you must be a saint if you don't feel the frustrations caused by poorly-worded questions.

This is certainly not a language site, but the difficulty of answering technical questions is multiplied when we can't understand the question.

There's no solution to this problem.

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Their profile on SO says 9 months. – random Oct 27 '09 at 9:00
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@random: thanks. Been a member for 9 months - not a super achiever profile I admit :-) but still.. i think its enough time to make the observation and open a discussion. ;-). It seems its already been discussed though although I didnt find it the first time. – Critical Skill Oct 27 '09 at 9:15

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