Occasionally there are questions in dire need of editing. Often, I wonder, how much editing is too much?
Specifically I am refering to this MSE thread. I felt my first edit was quite aggressive, and changed the wording a small amount. But the next edit (edit #4) by user02138 just goes too far in my mind.
The original question was in the imperative, and was very rude. It was changed to a polite tone, and the line "I don't really know where to begin," was added in, as well as the homework tag.
The upside to doing this is that the question becomes much friendlier, and much more likable. It becomes a question that you would want to upvote, and is all around better.
The downside, and the problem is that these were not in any way the OP's actual words. The question was changed to "how a question should be asked" rather than what the OP actually asked.
So the question: Should we edit bad questions so much so that they become good ones? Even if it means making things up?
I see both positive and negative aspects.
Also at what point is it OK to just write what we want or think should be there in an edit? I know I wouldn't want people completely changing the meaning of my posts, but is it OK to do this to a new user with poor postings?