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I posted this on meta.unix.se but it applies to the whole network so I'm reposting here. One of the canned messages for closing a question reads

Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question.

As what is currently written? There is no subject to which the it's refers. While it's true that there is not much room for misunderstanding, it is inelegant and, strictly speaking, ungrammatical. Could we please change that to something like

> Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what your post is asking. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question.

Or, even better, as suggested in the comments:

As your post is currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking. Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question.

I realize this is not that important but it bugs the grammar nazi in me.


This question is similar but requests a slightly different modification:

Change wording of "unclear what you're asking"

  • I think discussion about this topic should be kept to the page you linked. This question, with a bit of rewording, could be posted as an answer there. – The Guy with The Hat Feb 9 '14 at 18:07
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    I think As your post is currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking. also solves the problem but sounds slightly more natural than your suggestion (to me at least). – Mark Amery Feb 9 '14 at 18:46
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    @MarkAmery fine by me, anything that makes what the it is supposed to refer to explicit works for me. – terdon Feb 9 '14 at 18:47
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    As a native english speaker, I don't see a problem with it, but again, I'm a native english speaker. – George Stocker Mar 21 '14 at 0:12
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    @GeorgeStocker as am I, just a pedantic one. – terdon Mar 21 '14 at 0:18
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    Oh boy, I thought the whole time as it's currently written refers to the closing text itself, not to the questions itself. So according to current guidelines stated here or something like that :D – Danubian Sailor Mar 21 '14 at 7:32

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