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There are many questions about how to best handle English-as-second-language questions, answers, and comments, but I found none about improving the English of our English-as-second-or-third-language friends.


Editor Tarun attempted to improve the question by changing I to i, adding spaces before periods, and lowercasing the first word after periods. This might be idiomatic in his hometown, but it is not idiomatic English in the United States or any Commonwealth nation I've ever visited.

While I can (and did) point out the rules of English composition to him in a comment, my own comment is Noise, and probably misses a great deal many other small and large mistakes our English-as-foreign-language friends commonly make.

SO could benefit from a simple guide English for Programmers, and I'm curious if I overlooked an existing meta post with such a guide that I could use as a reference in future comments.

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The poor soul must have been programming in C for too long, if he defaults to i rather than I. – Andrew Grimm Apr 15 '11 at 6:46
@RegDwight, I've lost hours to English.SO myself :) but it feels completely out of scope for what's required: something that in ten or fifteen minutes specifies idiomatic English composition in a way that resonates with developers. – sarnold Apr 15 '11 at 7:13
Hey, I'm just plugging our site. I know it doesn't fit your particular purpose. Never stopped me before. (^_^) – đ»egDwight Apr 15 '11 at 8:25

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