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All too often I see questions getting closed by direct moderator action for "Unclear what you're asking", when it's obvious that English is not the asker's native language.
In many of those cases, with about 30 seconds of thought and careful interpretation, I'm able to figure out what the user is trying to ask and make an edit to clarify it on their behalf. Often I can summarize the intent of the question in just one or two sentences. I don't think I have any magical translation superpowers, so if I can do that, it follows that others can too. But for some reason they hit the Close button instead.
So I guess I'm asking if mods can just take a little more time before hitting the Close button, and at least make an effort to interpret the question first (or give the community a chance to do so - often this happens within 5 minutes after the question has been asked).
I know that sometimes it's hopeless, and I'm not saying bad questions should get a free pass just because the asker isn't a native English speaker. But we need to understand that not everyone is fluent in English and have a little patience with them. Asking them to clarify the question often won't help, because they've already expressed it as clearly as they are able within the confines of their limited grasp of the language. A question that shows thought and an attempt to solve the problem shouldn't be closed simply because of the author's lack of English skills. The edit button is there for a reason.
Whenever I make an edit to clarify a question like that, I put my attempted translation at the top, then leave the original wording below in case I got it wrong and someone else (or the OP) has a different interpretation. I clearly mark my translation and the original question so it's obvious which is which. I rarely spend more then a minute on this, but by the time I've finished editing the question I find that it's already been closed, and now the OP can't get the answers they're looking for until (and unless) the question gets reopened (which often doesn't happen, or by the time it gets reopened the OP has already given up in frustration).
Slow down and think before hitting that Close button. Try to interpret the question first, and submit an edit to help clarify it if you can. If you can't, wait a while to give the community a chance to do it - someone else might have better interpretive skills than you do. If a day goes by and the question still hasn't gotten a better translation, THEN consider the Close button. But consider it carefully - don't use it unless it's absolutely necessary.