I'm reviving this meta post from two years ago - Should proofreading questions be allowed?

The type of questions I'm looking at:
Question about/with particles

It looks like we could close it under "too broad" since it's a bunch of things going on at once. But I think it's a proofreading question.

The last discussion was quite some time ago so I'm restarting it here on meta.

Let us know if you think :

  • these kind of questions are of the proofreading type
  • we should/should not have these kinds of questions
  • we should just close them under "too broad"
  • we should modify the translation close reason to include proofreading
  • 1
    What sort of wording would we use to cover translations and proofreading both in one reason?
    – user1478
    Jan 12, 2016 at 11:59

1 Answer 1


I think that the idea for including both in the same close reason is that we often get questions

Help me translate this sentence
[English sentence]

which sometimes just get asked in a different way as

Is this translation correct?
[English sentence poorly translated into Japanese]

We only have three custom close reasons (currently, "translation", "typo" and "resource/advice" questions) so we could amend the current translation close reason to read

Questions asking for translations, transcriptions or proofreading are off-topic unless prior research effort is clearly indicated; we're here to help you learn, not to provide a bulk translation service nor to proofread your translations or transcriptions. See: We don't do translations.

  • I think by allowing the question through "prior research effort" would cause the problem to shift from "proofreading" to "too broad" since these questions typically ask several things at once.
    – Flaw Mod
    Jan 14, 2016 at 2:44
  • @Flaw I don't understand what you mean. By "prior research effort" I'm envisioning a question clearly outlining what the OP has done to solve all his questions. If OP posts more than one question in the same post, it is usually very easy to edit out every but one question and ask him/her to post the other questions separately. In the case of a pure translation/transcription/proofreading question, editing out doesn't salvage the question, so no matter how many there are, we can close it with this close reason.
    – Earthliŋ Mod
    Jan 14, 2016 at 7:36

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