# How to properly edit questions

Hello,

I've noticed several questions that are poorly written (in terms of the English used to compose them). I'm not an English major by any means, but I tend to want to edit them to make it easier to read. However, I'd like some feedback on how far we should take the edit. Should I just try to edit the user's sentences to be as correct as possible, but keep their overall sentence structure/flow? Or can I reword their question to make it easier to read (paying special attention as to not loose any piece of or intent behind the original question of course)?

I realize this isn't that big of an issue with most questions or to most people but I feel that questions asked by people who's first language is not English would be better responded to in the present and easier to refer to in the future if they were easier to read.

^_^

• It might be worth looking at the following thread: meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/1880/… – Eric Naslund Apr 5 '11 at 16:00
• I just saw one post that spelled $\pi$ as pie. In this instance, would editing it be right, or would some form of getting the OP to change it himself be right? – picakhu Apr 5 '11 at 21:06
• picakhu, as calling $\pi$ "pie" is a problem in understanding how mathematical terms are used I think you should inform the author in a polite kind way. – futurebird Apr 6 '11 at 22:48