Recently, I read a question that had a number of issues regarding the spelling, grammar and content; however, I managed to understand it and answered the question.
In the comments, Sam Saffron asked why I didn't edit the original question to improve it. I replied by saying that I didn't really think about it at the time, and I then went and improved it.
This has been discussed on the podcast (voting on and the quality of questions) and I had some suggestions/thoughts on how to encourage the editing/improving of a question.
- As a user with ~4900 rep, I don't receive rep for editing a question or improving it. I quite like the suggested edit +2 rep (but I'm not eligible for that), so maybe some kind of reputation bonus would be beneficial. Possibly if, after an edit, the question is upvoted, a +1 or +2 rep to each editor that isn't the original question asker.
- Having a look at a few random users whose questions I have improved/edited, they tend to have a lot of questions edited. Maybe a prompt could be displayed encouraging relevant (high reputation) users to have a look at the question quality if a certain percentage of their questions have been edited.
- It's a kind of follow-up from the previous one: Another trend is that those users also tend to have a lower accept rate; maybe this could be another metric for a dialog suggesting an improvement.
I really feel like it's an important duty of higher reputation users to do as much "gardening" of SO as possible. I just wonder if there is a way to encourage it at the lower end of this "higher reputation group".
Also, I wonder if the 10,000 reputation cap for the suggested edit number display is too high. It seems a little odd to me that I have the ability to edit with impunity (no peer review), but I don't have a way of seeing a list of suggested edits.