Where is the right position of “Often” in this sentence? has just come up in the reopen queue. Here is the original question (the title wasn't changed):
in order to cancel other tasks execution that makes the redundant unit often be kept silent, i.e., in a hibernated mode or in low frequency and low voltage to attain a low energy consumption requirement.
And here is the revised version.
By changing the order of the tasks execution, we utilize some tasks (that is defined as postponer tasks) in order to cancel other tasks execution that often makes the redundant unit ( often) be kept silent, i.e., in a hibernated mode or in low frequency and low voltage to attain a low energy consumption requirement.
Formatting was stripped from the above
I voted to close on the first iteration, because I didn't feel as though I could give an answer without:
- More cotext
- Proofreading the entire sentence
However, the change has hardly made answering easier. If I were to answer this question, I would feel compelled and obliged to point out that the almost insane amount of repetition ("tasks" constitutes 4 out of 20 content words in the text prior to "i.e."), as well as the confusing manner in which the phrase other tasks execution (which I feel is probably possessive, since execution doesn't agree in number).
Do we have a general rule on questions where the author thinks they have a specific question, but in fact they have multiple issues? I completely understand and agree with the impetus to turn away proofreading requests - this isn't a proofreading service, it's a language learners' resource. However, how do we handle this?
- Leave it closed without commenting, so the OP gets nothing from the community, moves on, and doesn't return (and may or may not get help elsewhere)?
- Leave it closed, but tell him that there are multiple issues that we can't help with?
- Just answer the question, but don't point out style/content issues?
- Answer the question and fix style/content issues, potentially leading to a reputation for "just proofreading anyway"?
I'm not suggesting that these are the only possible reactions, but I feel like these are the most reasonable - and I'm using reasonable rather loosely here - actions to take.
I think the last is probably most in line with the spirit of ELL - helping English language learners - but at the same time could open a floodgate of low-quality, highly-localised questions. (I'm trying to avoid logical fallacies here, so I'll flag that slippery slope argument. But at the very least, it's not an unfounded argument.)
I didn't vote on this question, by the way.
What do you think, ELL?