For the record, this is the comment that started our discussion.
Please don't forget to add a '?' to questions! Some people do a search in the page for '?' and if none exists in the 'question' go directly to the next (actual) question in line.
I feel it is:
- Possibly helpful to the person who wants information.
I make many minor edits without comment. I would hope that when someone sees their own question edited, they might ask why, or review the edits for tips. Realistically though, I doubt that happens often, which is why I specifically comment on it.
On some questions where I make the comment (and admittedly that was one of them), it is obvious what the question could be when you actually read it carefully, but on many others, it is not.
E.G. 'My code does not work' might imply a question of:
- Why doesn't it work?
- What do I need to do to fix it?
- Is this the right approach, or should I try something completely different?
- Can you fix my code for me?
- Am I misunderstanding the problem statement, and actually getting the correct result?
For those, I cannot see that inferring a question is the best approach, since that leads to people answering the wrong question, and irritated rebukes from the person who asked.
So my point is, in most cases, it's a judgement call I'm not willing to make. On others, my review of the post is simply skimming over the text to:
- Remove the major tag from the title
- Turn the title into a statement, while copy/pasting the question into the body (a question earlier today had another poster criticizing the OP for not asking a question, when it was actually in the title)
- Correct spelling
- Add a space after a full stop.
- Correct the capitalization at the start of sentences, proper names, classes etc.
- Break 'walls of text' into readable paragraphs.
- Correcting SHOUTING.
When I'm doing it, it is like 'in one eye, out the other'. By the time I've finished editing, the post reads and looks much cleaner, but I couldn't say I actually have a grasp of what the person is asking or an overall idea of what the post is about.
But as I'm going, I alt/tab to a little comment app., type the 3 or 4 letters I need to select that comment, and add it to the list of comments to provide the user for future. This usually does not cause a great problem.
OTOH you took exception to it. The way I see it, your beef is:
- Not helpful to the question or the OP.
- Not productive in the wider scheme of things.
I will continue to edit & comment much as I have in the past, but will try to recognize those statements that 'all but lacking a ?', are a question. Don't count on me noticing them though.
Unless the powers that be decide that my behavior is intolerable and ban me, I'll tend to continue to make that comment, and do so prolifically.