Mr. Ramanujan's methods were so terse and novel and his presentation so lacking in clearness and precision, that the ordinary [mathematical reader], unaccustomed to such intellectual gymnastics, could hardly follow him. - Seshu Iyer, P. V. (June 1920). "The Late Mr. S. Ramanujan, B.A., F.R.S". Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society 12 (3): 83
On the other hand, English is not everybody's first language. Mistakes in spelling and/or grammar do not necessarily mean a lack of quality.
from the comments:
That clears things up: every question lacking in context and in personal input asked on this site is actually asked by Ramanujan (and who would dare to close questions asked by a genius?). Cool.
I don't understand how this relates to my answer. I didn't talk about questions lacking context or personal input at all. Nor has my answer anything to do with close reasons. I appreciate the attempt of being sarcastic.
I tried to point out in my answer above that a question can be awful due to difficulties of the asker with the Enlgish language. An edit can help to overcome such difficulties. I think this is one situation when one should edit. (which was the question asked here)
It took a Hardy to sift out Ramanujan from the chaff. We are not Hardy and don't expect us to be.
I have to say I'm a bit surprised and disappointed to get such childish responses. I didn't not make any expectation of level of expertise (or whatever), which thus can hardly cause such a "How dare you expect this from us?" comment.
I provided the quote to show that there's a wide range of reasons for askers to create an "awful" question. Anything from being a mathematical genius to being unable to express the question or answer well in the English language. Such content can be improved by editing.
Further, spelling and grammar mistakes are not the main source of confusion, but rather a lack of clear thinking.
I'm not sure I understand this sentence. Stating that confusion is caused by a lack of clear thinking seems to be a tautology. I'd sure have a hard time thinking clearly if I had both a mathematical problem and the linguistic one to describe it at hand at the same time. It seems reasonable to concentrate on getting the math right compromising on the quality of the language. Which again can be fixed via editing.