I was browsing Stack Overflow when I saw the following ad for Information Security on the right side of my window:

Do one need to be a good programmer to perform secure source code analysis?

As you can see, this question title has bad grammar. It should read "Does one need to be a good programmer...". The question has since been edited.

I'm guessing that this was an automated ad based on hot-network questions. But it seems to me like allowing ads like this to appear on Stack Overflow makes this site appear unprofessional. I could see someone thinking "they can't even form a properly worded question, how could they produce a quality answer"?

Is there something that could be done to make sure that questions with bad grammar don't get turned into ads like this? Maybe have human-verification before it turns into an ad?


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With the vast number of questions every hour across the Stack Exchange network, I can't imagine any better way to do this than allowing each community to edit posts on each site - which is what currently happens.

And you can be part of this - propose edits to fix grammar and spelling. Get things fixed quickly and early and the adverts will look better.

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    Sadly, I couldn't propose an edit to this question because of my lack of reputation on this site, but that's good advice generally. Nov 25, 2015 at 15:44
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    Don't worry Thunderforge, it doesn't take long to gain the rep required for edits.
    – Rory Alsop Mod
    Nov 25, 2015 at 15:48
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    @Thunderforge: Anyone can propose an edit for a question, it is not even needed to have an account on any SE website. The reputation matters only for the edit to be applied immediately instead of being queued for review. Nov 26, 2015 at 16:00
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    Lack of reputation blocks suggested edits only on Meta sites, @Thunderforge.
    – TRiG
    Dec 2, 2015 at 15:28

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