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

I understand posts don't need any fluff to them and just the questions, which is why I try and avoid any salutations or "autobiographies"; though I don't think adding a simple thanks to the end of the question hurts and many people like to thank the people that will read the question and possibly help them in advance.

This is a site filled with user content and whilst I understand editing the posts to make them more readable/easier to understand, doing unnecessary edits is just rude.

With that said, my question is, is this site policy?

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marked as duplicate by George Stocker Aug 28 '12 at 15:44

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

1. This is a site for feedback and support, not the posting of rants. 2. Stack Exchange is designed to be the antithesis of all of those crappy forums. If you like the way forums work, use a forum. – Robert Harvey Aug 28 '12 at 15:21
And I find forums a lot more useless. – Robert Harvey Aug 28 '12 at 15:23
I'm surprised nobody has edited the "thanks" out of his post yet. – Servy Aug 28 '12 at 15:24
I wonder though, are "rouge thugs" really into their make-up or did you mean "rogue"? – Bart Aug 28 '12 at 15:24
This argument has been done to death. The answer is always the same: Anything that doesn't contribute to answering a person's question is noise. If you really want to thank someone, upvote and accept their answers. Better yet, pay it forward by answering the questions of others. If you still feel compelled to immortalize your politeness, do it in a comment, not in a post. – Robert Harvey Aug 28 '12 at 15:35
The knowledgeable people are here because they don't have to deal with the cruft that's present in those other forum environments. – Robert Harvey Aug 28 '12 at 15:36
SE is a pretty friendly community actually. It just doesn't tolerate non-constructive rants very well. Especially here on Meta. A better phrased question would have still been closed as a duplicate, but might possibly have seen far fewer downvotes and criticizing comments. – Bart Aug 28 '12 at 15:36
There is a substantial minority of the community that confuses friendliness with "I can do anything I want here," and unfriendliness with "you edited/closed my post." It is misguided. For the most part, they are people who don't understand why SE is designed the way it is. – Robert Harvey Aug 28 '12 at 15:40
Some things to bear in mind - 1--Once you post it here it doesn't belong to you any more. 2--Some people may see it as hypocritical that you complain about "unfriendliness" while essentially calling everyone who fixes your posts an egotistical maniac. – JNK Aug 28 '12 at 15:54
Would you expect a Wikipedia article to end with "you're welcome"? If not, then your posts here shouldn't end with "thanks". This site is a reference for future users with the same question and your questions and answers should read like reference. Unrelated preamble about your experience/current situation, salutations, signatures, tagline, "thanks in advance", chat speak and emoticons have no place in your questions and answers. If you want to thank somebody, up-vote them or accept their answer. – meagar Aug 28 '12 at 16:06
@meagar "Would you expect a Wikipedia article to end with "you're welcome"?" That's probably the single best way I've heard this explained. – Ben Brocka Aug 28 '12 at 16:19
@Brett Once it's posted by you on the site, it can be freely edited as per the licensing agreement. You don't have any more rights to it than anyone else at that point, except that you can request removal of attribution. – JNK Aug 28 '12 at 17:17
@Brett I am quoting from the FAQ when I say: "If you are not comfortable with the idea of your contributions being collaboratively edited by other trusted users, this may not be the site for you". You do not own your posts. Your posts become property of the community and people are no only welcome to edit them, they are encouraged to do so. If you won't accept this you cannot post here. – meagar Aug 28 '12 at 17:37
@Brett. No, I didn't. Please read my comment. "Would you expect a Wikipedia article to end with "you're welcome"? Then your posts here shouldn't end with "thanks". I never said or implied that wikipedia articles should/shouldn't include "thanks". I specifically sidestepped that counter-argument, but you made it anyways except now your counter-argument doesn't make any sense. – meagar Aug 28 '12 at 17:46

This discussion isn't new. See Should 'Hi', 'thanks,' taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?.

Everybody seems to agree that salutations and taglines should be removed (in fact, most salutation get removed automatically), but the community is a little more divided on the "thanks".

Personally, I think it should be removed, although an edit to do that and only that might not be worth it. It's unnecessary fluff. It makes sense if you think of the question as something personal, but the main purpose of your question and its answers is helping future visitors.

If you want to thank somebody, just use votes.

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If you end every single one of your questions with "Thanks in advance!", how is that not a tagline? – meagar Aug 28 '12 at 15:55

I think you're overblowing the problem*. First, I looked through every one of your posts. Here's what I found:

As of this writing you've asked 128 questions. Exactly 7 of them had the "Thanks" edited out (in its various forms). What's funny is that of those 7 edits, only 2 weren't substantial edits.

What this tells me that during the course of improving your questions, some editors are editing out the "Thanks!" to make the question in line with Stack Overflow standards. This may upset you, but that's how we do things here. That's what keeps us separated from mere forums.

Substantial Edits:

Non-substantial Edits:

If I include all questions you've asked across all Stack Exchange Sites, that only raises the total up another 5. You've had a grand total of 12 out of 157 questions edited to remove the Thanks!, and in the vast majority of those cases, the OP also made other edits that made the question better than it was before.

* This is a feature, not a problem. I wish more people took the time to edit other people's posts into shape. So yes, there's a problem, it's just not the problem you are bringing up.

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Disagree about the second being non-substantial; 3 different pieces of fluff were removed making the post a lot less annoying to read. It also passes the "is there anything left to edit" test – Ben Brocka Aug 28 '12 at 16:12
@BenBrocka I mostly agree, except that I tend to weigh edits a lot differently than most people. If you look at my edits, you'll understand why. I tend to reduce, simplify, and rewrite a lot of the posts I edit. – George Stocker Aug 28 '12 at 16:56
You're missing questions from other SE sites. Most noticeably one where the editor played "edit wars" with me to keep taking it out a couple of times. – Brett Aug 28 '12 at 17:26
@Brett Engaging in a Rollback war is not a Good Thing To Do. Generally moderators will warn both users, lock the question, and drive on. It's not worth getting in a rollback war over. – George Stocker Aug 28 '12 at 17:58
@Brett I looked at all your questions across all sites, across all SE sites besides Stack Overflow, you've had 5 out of 29 questions edited to remove the thanks. Again, I don't think there's a lot going on here, and even so; they made your question better. – George Stocker Aug 28 '12 at 19:50

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