I frequent the Electronics Stack Exchange and try to edit questions often which need a little bit of clean up.
I am puzzled by a couple of recurring patterns by question authors:
- failure to capitalize "I," the personal pronoun (even though they capitalize the first word of sentences), and
- failure to place spaces before opening parenthesis, or around other punctuation.
Some examples (from questions I've edited):
- "up to 1.3V-ish if i dont hook them up to the controller..."
- "I prefer the simplest way(i wonder if its by pre defined software)"
- "I am curious to know about why cant i have controller which has more than ISR and also ,instead of interrupts at timer overflow,why cant it interrupt at its period match."
I find this kind of sloppy writing frustrating and often difficult to read. I realize that most of the authors of these questions are not native English speakers, so I expect some grammar issues, which I'm happy to try to improve.
Forgive my naivety, but are we simply attracting people of a language or culture where punctuation and capitalization are not used, making these concepts difficult for people to grasp? I believe we have a large percentage of India natives based on usernames.
Is there any way to improve the quality of these posts other than editing? It would be nice to educate somewhat, and I feel editing questions go unnoticed by the author, and creates busywork for the rest of us.