this is my second rotation as a review editor. some days it's great! lively prose, insightful commentary, warm and humorous tales; it can be very rewarding. some days, not so much so!
we edit for grammar, we fact check, we try to make sure it is the author's original material, and we attempt to make reviews coherently readable. we do not fix "crappy" writing. this is not the journal of american literature. this is people talking about their experiences with sex toys. some write well, some steal other people's work, some write not so well. the editor (proofreader, really) checks 'em out and cleans 'em up as best we can.
please don't bash me as an editor with a bad rating because the writing is not up to your "standard". someone else may love the way that author shares about their time with a toy. and while i'm whining, please don't be too hard on us because you happen to catch one slight error. we fixed the other 73 errors in that (your!) review.
i edit/proofread because for the most part i find it very enjoyable. having said that, i come at this also from the other side of the fence - review writer. i don't write tons of them, for me it is a lot of work. even though i became an advanced reviewer some time ago, i still have a mentor that i use to help with proofreading/suggestio ns/corrections. when i think my writing is so good that i need no help at all is when i'll apply at the times.
whew! end of rant