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I am not particularly happy about the employment of words of this kind in questions, and particularly not in the title of questions. I was almost inclined to downvote this question Somebody has posted a link to my profile in twitter. Could you tell me what he wants to say? for that reason. I'd like to take advice on the point, though, given that the poster may not be a native speaker of English.

Am I being perhaps a little priggish; should I downvote, or edit, perhaps, or just leave a tactful comment?

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    @Jasper Loy, quite so. That's why I asked; the OP lists his location as 'Mars', which suggests he is not a native speaker. – Brian Hooper Jan 25 '11 at 22:38
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    I wanna, you wanna, but he wants to - it doesn't contract for me (with my dialect, anyway) no matter how informal I choose to be... – ijw Jan 31 '11 at 19:38
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Well, at 2k rep you are part of the editor class and should be able to edit the post to whip it into shape -- assuming it is worth salvaging in the first place, of course.

  • thank you. I have cleaned up the post a little. – Brian Hooper Jan 25 '11 at 22:30
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    I disagree if the edit is 'silent' (like the one in question); others reading the thread later on will miss the opportunity to learn that 'wanna' is slang. I think the edit must be accompanied by a comment explaining "wanna changed to want to because XYZ". IMHO, I find silent edits very annoying for this very reason, I often say to myself "Hmmm, I wonder why that was edited?". The same logic applies to downvotes without comments; they might be obvious to the downvoter, but not necessarily to others, especially in a multi-cultural environment like this where misunderstandings are rife. – smirkingman Jan 26 '11 at 16:38
  • @smirkingman, good point. I didn't think of that. In future, I'll take care to state the changes and the reasons for the changes. – Brian Hooper Jan 26 '11 at 17:35
  • In this particular case, the asker did not know and was happy to be told that wanna was not proper English – mplungjan Jan 28 '11 at 12:35

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