I just tried to improve this question with formatting, grammar and highlighted the points with blockquote, purposely I done, because the question got 1 negative vote with bounty enabled and don't have enough attention . Is it ok to improve the negative vote question, suppose if it even don't have any grammatical mistake ?

Why I'm asking this question ?

User of the question, raised a question on meta and one of his comment discouraged me lot

What's wrong with the question? I would suggest @Bala that you don't try to make grammatical changes and changes of tone if you don't speak fluent English.

I raised a flag as rude or offensive, but declined by the mod, I don't know whenever I see this comment I'm struggling, because that question is now active in Community Bulletin.

  • "...highlighted the points with blockquote"?
    – JonW
    Oct 31, 2013 at 9:31
  • @JonW Yes I done it to make the points more visible
    – Bala
    Oct 31, 2013 at 9:32
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    @Bala, I'm afraid your edit was not seen as an improvement, and I can understand why. If anything, it was more like a regression (and writing Fixed grammer in the comment did not help things). Oct 31, 2013 at 9:35
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    Please don't "use" such tools to simply highlight sections @Bala. Blockquote are for quotes. Code formatting is for code. Don't use it for other means.
    – Bart
    Oct 31, 2013 at 9:36
  • @Bart Ok I will not use it anymore, for highlight purpose's
    – Bala
    Oct 31, 2013 at 9:38
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    FYI: -our, -or and behaviour
    – Stijn
    Oct 31, 2013 at 9:41
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    FWIW, I occasionally use block quotes to improve the look of my questions (and others). There is a time and a place for it and I don't think Bala's usage of it in this edit was problematic. I think it was the grammatical issues that most prompted the roll-back. Oct 31, 2013 at 9:51
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    Btw, with regards to the question in your title: Yes, edits are certainly welcome. Improvements are great. And thank you for being willing to contribute in such a positive manner. Just make sure that your edits are correct and don't introduce new problems. And learn from mistakes. Good luck. ;)
    – Bart
    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:12
  • @Bart thanks for the encouragement.
    – Bala
    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:25

2 Answers 2


I suspect the "fluent English" comments were due to the following changes:

What I would now like to do is extend the behaviour of the filter so that the following happens:

Your change
What I would like to do is, extend the behavior of the filter like the following

This is not a grammatical improvement. If anything, it is now more erroneous due to the misplaced comma.

Or will I need to use a hook - if so, which hook and any ideas about how I might approach it?

Your change
Or will I need to use a hook - if so, which hook I have to use?, any ideas how I might approach it?

Again, this is now more grammatically incorrect and doesn't read like native English.

  • thanks for clarifying, this is enough for me.
    – Bala
    Oct 31, 2013 at 9:44

There is nothing wrong with improving a negative question through editing. It should even be encouraged. Although some questions are not really worth it, in some cases a little formating, spellchecking and clarification based on comments from the asker can often rescue a downvoted question.

But an edit should always be an improvement. When people feel that your edit is not really adding value or even makes the question worse, a negative feedback is to be expected.

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