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Should 'Hi', 'thanks,' taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?

I ended my question with: "Thanks very much" and it was edited out and was down voted??

I also got down voted because I added irrelevant(according to the person who edited my post) tags?? I thought it was relevant.

Can someone please explain?

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marked as duplicate by Bart, Mark Trapp, ChrisF, Diago, Lix Jul 31 '12 at 9:32

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Please, provide a link to the question in question (no pun intended). –  Hristo Iliev Jul 31 '12 at 8:57
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I've always been one to wonder why my "Thanks in advance" ending is edited out. Does it really have to be removed? –  ThePower Jul 31 '12 at 8:58
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Some users consider it noise as it adds no technical value to the question. - see Should 'Hi', 'thanks,' taglines, and salutations be removed from posts? –  Lix Jul 31 '12 at 8:58
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Would you expect "Thank you" in an encyclopedia? That's what Stack Exchange will be, preferably. (cc. @ThePower) –  Arjan Jul 31 '12 at 8:59
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Could not resist... –  Toon Krijthe Jul 31 '12 at 8:59
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@Arjan, SO will never reach the quality required to become an encyclopedia, at least not with the current reputation system in place. –  Hristo Iliev Jul 31 '12 at 9:02
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Too many question marks. –  vascowhite Jul 31 '12 at 9:04
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@Arjan I wouldn't read an encyclopedia when trying to resolve a programming issue. –  ThePower Jul 31 '12 at 9:04
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(@Hristo, indeed, my "ultimately" does not translate the word I had in mind. Neither does "preferably" in which I changed it, but the time to edit my previous comment was running out... Also, feel free to read "documentation" for "encyclopedia", I hope you get the idea when reading the linked "about".) –  Arjan Jul 31 '12 at 9:05
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@Arjan, SO is a Q&A site - not the same as a mere collection of information facts. Questions here are asked by human beings and answered by human beings, not AIs. I see nothing wrong with adding some human touch with an expression like "Thank you". Besides the Etiquette says: "Bring your sense of humor." Would you expect humour in an encyclopedia? –  Hristo Iliev Jul 31 '12 at 9:12
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"Thank you", "Hi", "Kind regards", etc. are all noise. Any question or answer can exist perfectly fine without it. We all can simply assume the user is thankful, can't we? Let's keep the content as clean as possible. –  Bart Jul 31 '12 at 9:17
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@Hristo I'd say SO is somewhere between an encyclopedia and a Q&A site. There's some content that is "the" answer for the question. Either way, it's not a forum for one-on-one support. SO is aiming for content that is useful for future readers as well; that's why personal stuff gets edited out. –  Pëkka Jul 31 '12 at 9:19
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Very well, @Hristo, would you expect "Thank you" in a FAQ? –  Arjan Jul 31 '12 at 9:34
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I assume questions are being polite by default unless it amounts to "hai, send teh codez plz" in which case no amount of thanks will ever fix the rudeness. –  Flexo Jul 31 '12 at 9:38

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up vote 15 down vote accepted

That had nothing to do with why your question got downvoted. Generally, we always removed thanks from the body of posts. Your question was downvoted because it does not show any research effort, which is exactly what the downvote icon says when you hover over it.

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Should be noted here too that the OP already had a score of -4 before that edit was made - stackoverflow.com/posts/11687557/timeline –  Lix Jul 31 '12 at 9:00

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