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What is the polite way to inform someone their question seems valid but unanswerable since they wrote it with no concern for basic grammar?

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DolceMonserrat7

You can always report, flag it.

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Well, the anonymous way is to flag the question, comment or answer by using the Report As drop down menu below every piece of content. That forces the content to the moderators so we can see it. Spelling and Grammar are important and part of the Community Guidelines, we will remove the content and send them a note letting them know why it was removed.

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A note? I have never gotten one when my things were removed. Is this new?
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Ria, as far as I can tell there is no mention of a note sending policy in the Q&A guidelines.
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Yeah, that's what I thought too. But she just said that the moderators send people a note to tell them why their question was deleted. Unless that only applies to bad grammar and spelling.
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Policies change very rapidly when dealing with website moderation, and with such a large and complex site as this it is entirely possible Sherry knows about guidelines that won't be published until a future date, or was not informed that the policy no longer includes note sending.

The internet is complicated.
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Yes it does change rapidly, but I'm sure she knows all the policies. Whenever there is a change I'm sure it is immediately sent out to all the moderators and such. It would be very disorganized to be otherwise.

I'm just curious as to what this note is that she mentioned.
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Real life isn't very organized MissRia.
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Did I say it was? I am asking the moderator a simple question.
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Yah. "It would be very disorganized to be otherwise."

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I never said "real life is not organized."
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So the world is neither real, nor part of life?
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Hahaha.

Life can be very organized. Like I said, it would be very unorganized for them not to tell the moderators when something changed, or to not add it to the guidelines. That would mean someone was going in and randomly changing things. That may not be such a bad thing, but it's still disorganized, in MY opinion.

Regardless, I am curious as to what the note is, or to what it applies.

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kazarina

Tell them get a dictionary & speak English.

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I was being serious. If you don't know a word use word check on your phone , a dictionary or just speak plain English. Nothing snideass about it.
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I've tried to politely inform questioners that if they would use proper grammar, especially capitalization, they might get more and better answers. I usually get rude remarks from them in the comments section.

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I guess I see where you're coming from, but I can deal with lazy writing. However some of these questions are just not posted in a syntax that an English speaker can parse.
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You're absolutely correct Jasmes. One thing to remember is that there are a lot of users from all over the world on Ask and English is not their primary language. Many of them use online translators which usually ignore English syntax.
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No, the one that inspired this question was clearly written by someone trying to sound way more adept at manipulating English prose than he actually is. I won't reference it, I feel that'd be in poor taste, but man that dude needs to read more.
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You'll find that there are quite a few users that speak above and beyond their education. They are easy to spot. There are also a few robots answering questions, sometimes completely off topic.
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The thing that gets me is that people can't even give a star when they comment in recognition of your answer...
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Sarte, are you here to help share the information you have in the interest of helping people, or to make a number on a spreadsheet go up?
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Sarte has just as much right to comment as you do.
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I never said Sarte didn't. I just asked him why he is here.
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Jasmes I am here in the interest of proper manners and consideration. Would you greet somebody without shaking their hand, if you were in front of somebody would you not hold the door open for them, if the President walked in the room would you not stand, if you walked in front of somebody would you not say excuse me, I think you understand what I mean. That's why when I comment I always leave a star, and that is also why I will randomly go through and read questions and if I think the answer has meaning, is funny , or is great, I will also leave a star, it's just common courtesy, so as I turn my back on you and walk away as a common courtesy I will say goodbye, but before I do I will ask, Jasmes, why are you here...
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I'm here to do my best to answer questions that people want to know some answers to.
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Or to start other tangents with other people. Which I thing is quite interesting and fun :P
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Jasmes, very good, since your profile page offers no information I can only assume that that tastefully done picture of you as your avatar with the cigarette dangling out of the corner of your mouth is in fact you. I answered a question the other day, it was asked of everybody what is a picture, and my reply was it is a 1000 words. I hope in the future as you pass through here and make a comment to somebody's answer you will give them the courtesy of shaking their hand as you do, so now go wash your hands, mommy is serving dinner soon ;~)
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What sarte? What did that have to do with his picture?
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That's because there's no information on his profile page, the only source of information that I have is his avatar picture, and I and others will draw conclusions about him because of that, although I must admit he does seem to be a reasonably bright young man, and I will also say Maria that I thoroughly enjoyed your profile page, it seems you have some wonderful standards, I admire that...)
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So just to be clear here, you are judging me as a human based on a little photo of me on a smoke break.

That my friend is a new one.
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Thanks Sarte :)

I don't think that we can draw strong conclusions merely from one small picture - I do agree that some can be drawn - but I think that the most important ones can be drawn from simply seeing someones answers to questions, and by their conversation and that it would be rash to draw conclusions on someone simply by a picture of them holding a cigarette. And, quite frankly, he might not care what we think of him. Which can be a good thing :)


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Also, he is new here, and is in the midst of getting his profile together.
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Haha, Ria, I enjoy reading your posts, you are very skilled at maintaining neutrality.
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And he actually does have some info up about himself. We can gather that he likes:

audio engineering
cycling
Formula one
home audio
live sound
rock climbing
Stereo
Theatrical production
Vodka

None of those, however, tell us anything of his character, so we can't judge his character. I know quite a lot of nice people who smoke, and Jasmes could be one of those people.
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For the record, I did make a note in my profile stating it is a work in progress.

However, now I think I'll just leave it empty. I'm an enigma of a man!
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But we've already seen you! :D
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Oh, you mean your info
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Oh, the picture isn't goin' anywhere. However Sarte's weirdly strong reaction to a blank profile is too amusing to not embrace. My bio is stayin' blank!
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By the way sarte, I agree with what you had to say about stars. When I ask a question, I leave stars for anyone that answered the question respectably and directly (not random hateful things that had nothing to do with my question haha) even if I disagree with what they had to say.And I always leave stars for people who are fun or helpful, it is courteous, like you said :)
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I have left a star for every response I have seen that demonstrates a genuine desire to share knowledge. I just don't care if people click a star button as long as they got the answer they needed.
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Yeah, I don't mind either really :) I just really like answering questions, it's fun.
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Yah. If you know stuff or have the training to rapidly acquire and condense information there is no reason not to share it. Information is one of the few things in the world that does not adhere to traditional scarcity guidelines.
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Yeah, I agree. And I think every bit of information is helpful, which is why ask can be great because there are answers by many, some repeated multiple times. It can be really helpful for someone asking a question.

And when ask isn't very helpful, it's still rather fun :P
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Jasmes I think you got my point, I hope that next time you will not be so quick to go on the attack to somebody that makes a comment, my intention was to rub a raw nerve and bring to light the values of common courtesy, I think I have accomplished that, and thank you Maria for your involvement, one of the things I saw in your profile page was that you enjoy this type of thing, so I dedicate this thread to you, I hope everybody has a wonderful Easter...John :~)
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I really don't care what your point is dude. I just don't.
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You're welcome sarte :)
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Jasmes, lol "dood", and this is a no smoking area so get your butt out of here...
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nah. I think i'm gonna stick around. I like it here.
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Glad to have you, you bring spirit to the site, welcome to Ask...)
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You can report it as "Spelling/Grammar" or you can tell them "I'd really like to answer your question, but I can't comprehend what you're trying to say." :o

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There are many people from several other countries on this site, for many of whom English is an obvious second. Be a little lenient. Usually you can figure out what they are trying to say if you read carefully. I just correct spelling and grammer, usually politely. Its a good place for them to practice writing English. I just got done rewriting a question for someone probably in or from either India or Pakistan. Its the kids obviously from the US, Canada, Australia or Britain who should have a good grasp on the English language yet cant seem to grasp the difference between 'there' and 'their' or 'wear' and 'where' and other homophones that annoy the heck out if me.

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jeez auxarcs that was a train wreck of a paragraph.

like yo, if you're gonna talk about correcting people's writing, learn how to spell grammar first, kay?
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I agree auxarcs, it's usually pretty obvious when someone is foreign and having trouble with English, as opposed to someone who is using text talk, bad grammar, and curse words.
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Jeez, Jas-mes...are you and English teacher???
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Its ok aux his probably a professor of grammar or he was born with a dictionary up his a$$ .... either way looks like he failed in politeness and ethics....
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just a quick note " professor " you don't come in and insult my friends... everybody cant be perfect like you think you are...
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hahah hawkmann
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I'm pretty sure I did come in and insult your friends. :-)

You will be okay! Stay strong! <3
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Jasmes, I think you did sound rather insulting :P
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and plus i detected 3 mispellings on your part professor 1. your name its james not jasmes 2. yo...thats not a word 3. kay..thats also not a proper word so your not any better than the rest of us sir...
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Just to join in the fun, he also did not use an introductory comma in:

"jeez auxarcs that was a train wreck of a paragraph"

Feel free to make fun of my punctuation, it can be rather ghastly also.
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You have to remember .. bad grammar may be the result of posters from other countries who do not have a full command of the English language, never mind proper grammar. If they have made an attempt to get their idea across .. that 'should be' enough to communicate their question and deserves a polite response.

Having said that .. there are some who are lazy spellers or simply don't bother to use spell check. Even I on occasion screw up by posting without checking .. We all do it. What's the big deal? You can still get gist of what is being asked or commented, right? It's hard to determine who is legitimately trying and doing their best .. and who is just bad at grammar and spelling.

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If it is clearly a language barrier issue I have no problems.
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you get used to it = /

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