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When a new user asks a question, I usually open it to check it and give them a welcome. Sometimes those questions are badly worded, have missing punctuation or some misspelled words, or in other cases they are just off-topic.

The latter case is the easiest to recognize and those questions are quickly closed, but the former not so much, apparently. I often find new questions which were accepted as "Looks OK" that the reviewer haven't even read, when both title and description are clearly a mess. Or badly tagged.

Am I the only one who cares about grammar and punctuation to define a question as good?

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    I don't review low-quality questions, but I definitely do agree that grammar and punctuation are important.
    – pppery
    Feb 20 at 16:23
  • @pppery Review queue workflows have changed, there is now an option labelled "Looks OK" for First Questions and First Answers. Feb 20 at 19:21
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    I meant "low-quality questions" generically; not just one specific review queue.
    – pppery
    Feb 20 at 19:45
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    Yes, users have different definitions of "Looks OK." See the related meta post: Feedback regarding review suspension - where a user reviewed an answer as "Looks OK" but got suspended from reviewing because a moderator thought they shouldn't have reviewed that way. Mar 2 at 0:50
  • @galacticninja in that case the user reviewed a couple of answers already flagged as low-quality posts, and one could agree or not with the mod. What I meant is that badly worded (and often wrongly tagged) questions are getting accepted as "Looks OK", and I feel there's no opinion about that. But thanks for the link.
    – pinckerman
    Mar 2 at 1:06

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Grammar and punctuation are definitely important. If a post is really difficult to comprehend due to poor grammar, formatting, etc. to the point where it can't really be salvaged, those should certainly be closed or appropriately flagged and handled. However, if a post only has some minor issues with it, ideally we should edit those posts, instead of passing it off as "Look Ok". I believe all review queues have the option to edit a post to satisfy the review.

Obviously though, we can't enforce this really. Every reviewer thinks differently, or maybe they just didn't see that misspelled word or missing comma. I'm not going to hold it against someone who saw a post as OK even if it has some minor issues.

In short, yes proper grammar and punctuation go a long way for a posts health and you should certainly care about it.

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Heartfelt appeal.

The review queue is something that should be taken seriously, I still see users clicking "Looks OK" on everything, without even reading and fixing a bad written title. And this bothers me so much.

If you don't want to take few seconds to fix a post, why are you wasting your time on the review queue? You are not doing a favour to anyone. And you are not going to receive a price for that. So please, stop.

I'm looking forward to the day these people will get bored and leave the reviews to someone who really matters.

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