I think we should, because just that sort of questions made SO very attractive. Rethinking and rewriting someone's text is a good example both for wanderer and teacher.

  • Metaphore...? ...
    – JFW
    Nov 22, 2010 at 9:26
  • @JFW Oh, fixed.
    – Dan Ganiev
    Nov 22, 2010 at 9:32
  • Note this: meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/58/… - it'd have to be a lot tighter than "please critique" to be acceptable
    – justkt
    Nov 22, 2010 at 20:38
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    As another note, given the fact that most students have to take literature and writing classes, I'd think we might end up getting homework questions here as well.
    – justkt
    Nov 22, 2010 at 20:39

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I think that we should treat this like it has been done on StackOverflow where people are assisted if they have demonstrated some effort on their part. I think it's wrong to become elitist about dishing out assistance. That said, we certainly shouldn't be doing big swathes of work for people like editing their entire book - but if there's a difficulty in a certain section and there is a specific question, I see no reason to deny an answer.

  • +1 I actually like this suggestion better than my own.
    – StrixVaria
    Nov 22, 2010 at 15:41

I've already stated in other questions, but I do believe copy-editing someone else's work should be something we do not do here. Tips for copy-editing should be fine, but just like with homework questions on SO, we shouldn't do the writer's job for them.

  • I don't think that's "just like" SO. On SO it was decided that we should help people without judgement, assuming that they had demonstrated some effort on their part.
    – Jeff Yates
    Nov 22, 2010 at 15:28

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