On a Stack Exchange site where users must post in English, a user who said their native language wasn't English asked on its meta site whether having poor grammar should stop them from posting (on the main site).
For some context, among the post was
Sometimes I use bing or google translate but as you might understand it is not perfect neither really translates properly the intended meaning in a question.
My question is: Should the grammar flaws found in that meta post be left alone, or fixed?
I chose to edit them, as fixing grammatical issues was one of the main reasons editing exists, plus their post was pretty detailed and linked to a few of their posts on the main site displaying how users had to edit their posts substantially. But the edit got rolled back, and later I got linked to this chat:
User1: Also, should I edit their meta question? I'm leaning towards "no"
User2: Leaving it as-is sounds better, as editing it would remove some of the context
User3: @User1 probably better to leave it as it is
A few days passes
User1: Someone edited the "is my bad English hurting my puzzles" meta-post to... clean up the bad English. I'm feeling like rolling it back - thoughts?
User2: +1 to "roll it back"
User1 rolled back the edit & linked me to the chat for discussion
Me: @User1 I disagree. There is no need to downgrade a good post to display one's grammar. Besides, it's clear to the readers that they can look at the revision history of the 2 posts links in that meta post if they want to see what they meant.
User1: @Me the context shouldn't be behind a few clicks - the slightly-off grammar really should be clear on first view. Also, that post was a question by the person with off English, and you editing it fundamentally hurts the point of it and makes it no longer "true" to its purpose. Or something like that. I'm not great at explaining myself under time pressure.
User4: @Me Got to be honest - I love that the person writing the post about having bad English wrote it in their natural 'bad English'! It instantly gets their point across, whilst also demonstrating the truth of the supportive answers which explain that even with this 'bad English' it's still possible to understand their gist. For once, personally I would suggest leaving it as it was first written, almost like a museum exhibit - it has more value to the community in its rough-and-ready form!
Me: @User4 Oh, okay!