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Jun 21, 2018 at 13:29 comment added AndyD273 @Mołot Of course, and I usually do, either in a comment or by editing the question. I don't always like editing the question for things other than grammar, mostly because there is a chance that I'm wrong, and I don't want to mess it up for OP.
Jun 21, 2018 at 11:26 comment added Mołot If you understand question and other do not, please help make it clear for everyone.
Jun 5, 2018 at 13:41 comment added AndyD273 @JBH Part of that might be to ask the OP if what you understand is correct by summing it up ELI5 style. "Am I correct in thinking that you are asking is this..." which could also help the other people that don't get it.
May 29, 2018 at 18:13 comment added JBH Whenever I see a Q marked as unclear that I believe is crystal clear I take that comment very seriously. I am not a god, and the fact that it appears crystal clear to me may suggest that the prior commenter was more ignorant than myself - but it is just as likely (especially on this site) that it's crystal clear to me because I'm the one who's ignorant and there's something I don't understand that the previous commentor does. Because the goal of SE sites is to produce quality answers (and not simply to chase reputation), it's simple to wait until all clarifications are made, then answer.
May 18, 2018 at 15:29 comment added user It's a risk you take by editing that you end up changing intent, yes. As much as we should always aim to preserve intent when editing (this is not a carte blanche), though, a small-ish tweak that doesn't perfectly preserve intent might still be more useful than having the question end up being put on hold as unclear. You can always add a comment explaining why you made the edit and something like "feel free to edit further or to roll back if you disagree with the edit".
May 18, 2018 at 15:25 comment added AndyD273 @MichaelKjörling I always worry that by changing the question I might be changing the questioners intent... It's a character flaw that I should work on.
May 18, 2018 at 15:22 comment added user Yes. If the comments are about how the question is unclear, but you happen to have subject matter expertise and can piece together what the question is about, then please take a few minutes also to try to clarify the question along with posting your answer. There's even a set of badges for that.
May 18, 2018 at 6:41 comment added a4android I definitely about unclear questions. I, like you, have seen questons which are crystal clear, yet the comments are all about it's unclear. Yet I have seen totally baffling & incomprehensible questions with answers from people who obviously understood what it was about. In which case, I let them go to it. Sometimes WBers should re-read questions carefully, then the questions might become clear or clearer.
May 17, 2018 at 21:01 comment added Monica Cellio Sometimes a question seems unclear but an answerer with the right background/expertise recognizes what the asker meant and can answer. In that case the best outcome is for that person to also edit the question to clarify it, so that others can benefit too.
May 17, 2018 at 17:10 comment added AndyD273 That's what I'm saying. It's an easy trap to fall into, and the other side of the "Why are you asking this question? The periodic table is so easy. Everyone knows this!" argument. To argue that "I don't understand this, so no one can" is as arrogant as "This is so basic. Everyone knows this, why don't you?" I have a completely different life story from you, with different experiences, and different perspectives. If a question has to make sense from my perspective and point of view, then I'm going to miss out on a lot of good stuff, and rob others of using their knowledge and perspective.
May 17, 2018 at 17:01 comment added James So the suggestion here is that a user not understanding the question or being unclear what the question is asking can sometimes be the user and not the question?
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