I edited this question on StackOverflow: Keytool facebook app for android not working on device

And I'm not sure if I crossed a line or not.

The original post said:

please, anyone have a tutorial for very dummie people to solve this?

Which I changed to:

Please, does anyone have a tutorial for beginners to help me solve this?

I don't think I changed the intended meaning of the question - but, perhaps, I changed the meaning slightly - based on my assumptions regarding the OP's intent.

Seems OK to me... but I'm unsure about these types of changes in general.


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    That change looks fine to me. – Lance Roberts Jul 2 '11 at 5:47
  • Thanks for taking a whack at that question -- I tried a dozen re-writings and then gave up when my pizza finished baking. – sarnold Jul 3 '11 at 0:30

Making sure posts have decent grammar is part of copy editing, and I'd support that change on those grounds alone.

Even if it started out as "Does anyone have a tutorial for dummies?" though, I think it's still a good improvement. It's good to have standards. Saying posts should be "professional" might be overstating things a bit, but they should at least seem like they were written by adults. And I loathe those "... for Dummies" books.

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    Thanks for the feedback. (RE: "And I loathe those 'for Dummies' books." - LOL... me too.) – Steve Jul 2 '11 at 6:03
  • No, expecting posts to be "professional" is not at all overstating things. – Cody Gray Jul 2 '11 at 14:28

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