While editing someone's post on Stack Overflow, I came across this message when OP's post was mostly code:

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It looks like your post is mostly code; please add some more details.

But.. this isn't my post.. Shouldn't it be "this post" (or some other pronoun) rather than "your post" ? It should only show "your post" for the OP but not for other people editing it.

Could the error message be changed to say "this post" when editing someone else's post?


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It's been over a year, so I'd like to post an update.

The wording of the error message in the question is still the same, but there is another variation of that error message which has the same issue:

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Please add some context to explain the code sections (or check that you have not incorrectly formatted all of your question as code).

Here, the use of "your" is not appropriate since the question I'm editing is not mine, but the OP's. It should be changed to either

"[formatted] all of OP's question [as code]"


"[formatted] the entire question [as code]".

  • Why not the passive? "Check that the [all of the] question has not been incorrectly formatted as code."
    – Laurel
    Aug 4 at 12:16

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