While editing, I frequently come across posts introduced by the typical disclosure:
I'm a native Chinese speaker
...or one of the many variants. Then the post proceeds to answer the original question.
Personally, I don't have any particular problem with this. So far I don't think I've removed any from a post. But it does add some noise. I mean, being a native speaker doesn't automatically guarantee the correctness of the answer, does it?
Anyway, this being a sub-site about a natural language, I feel all this is less relevant, but still, in the spirit of Stack Exchange quality-driven Q&A, I wonder if this is an acceptable, or even desirable, editing practice.
At the end of the day, if an answer is good, it's not necessary to reinforce it by stating what your mother tongue is.
The questions are:
- is it okay to edit out expressions like "I'm a Chinese", when that isn't relevant to the question?2
- if it is acceptable, should editors prioritize it when editing a post? "Prioritize" as in "I might edit a post for the sole reason of removing this" (high priority) versus "I might remove this while editing a post for other reasons" (low priority)
1: If any linguist is reading this, yes, "I'm a Chinese" is not actually a phatic expression. In fact, it does convey information, and even more so, it implies that what follows should be given more credibility because of it.
2: Of course when the question is somehow specifically targeted at native speakers, disclosing your native language is indeed relevant.