Some individuals may be sensitive to edits of their posts on the basis of spelling or grammar. Some editors may be concerned about what to put in as a reason/explanation for the edit. New editors, in general, are likely uncertain of what the accepted "etiquette" is, on these sites, for such corrections.

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    Note that there is no reason to correct end phrases with thanks in them because they should be wholly removed anyway. See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2950/… – N.N. Jan 7 '12 at 12:50
  • I just meant the general incorrect usage of allot/alot. I do know that thanks and greetings are removed. – Animesh Jan 7 '12 at 12:52
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    I sometimes put a link to this great thing in the edit summary in this case. :) – Mat Jan 7 '12 at 13:08
  • That is a hilarious post. – Animesh Jan 7 '12 at 13:20

Spelling and grammar corrections are acceptable - anything that improves a question is a good thing.

What you put in the summary is up to you - "Improved spelling/grammar" is an option.

Though the purpose of SO is not to teach English, helping people understand the edits and thus improve their English is a good thing - so your first option will have more benefit for the OP.

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  • +1 for your words. I asked a question which was very similar to the original poster's, in this case it was an every/ever typo; one which I frequently make myself, and my reputation was downvoted here on meta.stackoverflow more than any other single post I've ever made. – User.1 Feb 26 '13 at 3:40
  • @User.1 - On Meta, downvotes tend to mean disagreement. I doubt anyone downvoted your question over spelling/grammar. – Oded Feb 26 '13 at 9:22

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