Please see this question on dialect and (specifically) its edit history. While I can’t say that I approve of the original question’s choice of example, I think that the “revision” (really, replacement of the entire question), though a better question to ask, was done inappropriately. Are there any established guidelines for this sort of situation?
I have deleted the question and merged the good quality answers into "Be like" usage. This is one of the more complicated moderator actions I have done recently, so my apologies if I didn't handle it perfectly.
There's two separate issues going on here. One is my edit, the other is the original content.
1. My edit
When I saw this question, my reflex was downvote and close vote, but I decided to edit based on the title. The question there was:
Why is used "be" in this sentence instead of using "are"
Which I considered reasonable.
In addition, Jeff's comment, which I have upvoted, made me think this could be 'fixed' - there was no close votes at this point, and 4 downvotes:
This is dialect, rather than standard English, and should be approached with that in mind. – Jeff Zeitlin
The help section says this:
Edits are expected to be substantial and to leave the post better than you found it. Common reasons for edits include:
- To fix grammar and spelling mistakes
- To clarify the meaning of the post (without changing that meaning)
It's a stretch, but that's what I thought I was doing. Making the post better, and showing the user how we like them here. There was an aspect of wanting to turn around a negative question for selfish reasons, but I picked the question badly.
The original content is offensive. That's why I removed it (and didn't include it as an example). This clearly wasn't the right thing to do.
It wasn't a question we want on this site. There was no research, no explanation, and the user hasn't taken the tour. Miracles may happen, but we have enough 1-rep users with poor questions for me to doubt any valued activity from them on this site.
After reading Mari-Lou's comments, I don't think I went about this the right way - the user now has 21 rep and a
student badge, which they wouldn't have got previously.
I should have flagged it as offensive, and voted to close too (no research?)
I'll leave it to the moderators and community to decide on the fate of this specific question, and accept the rap on the knuckles about 'fixing' offensive questions in the first place.
I have followed Cascabel's advice and rolled it back.