This is in the context of Flagging a question for improvement without voting to close, which suggests that there should be, in addition to a "Close" button, an "Edit" button to indicate that the question badly needs editing if it's to avoid being closed.
Some of the questions that most need editing seem to suffer from the inability of the poster to express himself in English. Some of that may be from people who cannot express themselves in any written language, but I think that many could express themselves in their own language. The only problem is that I don't speak their language. But maybe other SO users do.
Consider the following:
- Allow us to specify in our profile one or more languages that we speak. This information would be private.
- Allow us in our profile to indicate a willingness to help with translation for people speaking one of a list of languages.
- When one of our questions is flagged for edit, allow us to press a button asking for translation help.
- We'd have to enter a more extensive version of the question in a language we speak well enough to express ourselves.
- The users who have opted in would receive a orange envelope (I think email might be too much).
- One of these users may choose to edit by translation. He'd get a screen showing both the foreign-language and the new English version of the question. He'd enter the translation into the English box.
- When finished, the translated post would replace the original
What do you think? Too much? Too condescending?