So, under this question
I would like to request an appointment with my psychologist and I was wondering if the following sentence is correct:
could you please arrange a follow-up appointment for me for the next week? many thanks in advance!
@Choster made a masterful comment which informs the OP not only that EL&U doesn't address specific proof-reading questions, but fundamentally why:
Welcome to EL&U. This site is not organized around checking the adequacy of one phrasing or another; rather, we seek to answer questions about underlying principles of grammar or usage, so that the answers may help many people. If you can reframe your question to ask about why you think the sentence might not be correct (for instance, if there is a certain rule or guideline you learned which is unclear in this instance), we may be able to assist. Otherwise, this question may be closed as a proofreading request. Please take the site tour and review the help center for additional guidance.
Currently, the banner which appears when a question is closed for the "proofreading" reason reads:
Proofreading questions are off-topic unless a specific source of concern in the text is clearly identified.
I think changing the text of this banner to reflect @choster's comment, or something approximating it, would be an enormous improvement. In particular, it would help OPs understand why EL&U doesn't provide a service they come in with a reasonable expectation that it does, and would avoid a significant portion of acrimonious and enervating arguments.
Can we change the text for the "proofreading" close banner to something more descriptive like this?
- I'll interpret upvotes on this question as "yes, I support this change" and
- downvotes as "no, I oppose this change".
- I think answers to this question would be most helpful if they clearly adopted one or another of these two positions, and laid out their rationale for that position.
- If the answer is "Maybe, but ...", then a helpful approach would be to detail specific critiques of the replacement text, and suggest specific and concrete language that the respondent would instead recommend.