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

Personally, I have a tendency to write politely when I post questions, given the fact I'm asking for help.
I noticed that many times, when editing a question I wrote, the editor deletes the opening 'Hi' or the closing 'Thanks' etc.
Is there a real reason to remove curtsies?

I appreciate your thoughts on the subject.


I got the point from the answers so far. I suppose I'll stop using greetings and thanks, if that's the site's spirit.

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marked as duplicate by Mat, Toon Krijthe, gnat, kiamlaluno, Oded Dec 13 '12 at 12:35

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.

From an outsider perspective I understand that it can seem unnecessarily anal to exterminate greetings and signatures from posts, but if you think about it it makes sense. We want to get to the meat of the question as quickly as possible, and every word that isn't describing your problem isn't helping us help you.

None of us mind a question that has no salutation, but here's what happens if you do put one in:


  • You show you're a nice person


  • Clutters up question summary and pushes out useful information
  • Slows down reader who is trying to help you
  • Potentially makes the question look less professional ("Hai guise", "Sup'" etc.)
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Greetings and thanks are extra words that are not necessary to who wants to answer the question.

Greetings in particular are more noisy because you are forcing users to read them before to get the question; thanks are less noisy, as they are written after the question itself, but they are still extra words somebody needs to read, to understand if they are information useful to answer the question.

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Is there a real reason to remove curtsies?

It is considered noise. It adds nothing to the question and takes screen space that is better used for the details of the question.

As a community, greetings, salutations and thanks have been considered unneeded and are thigns that should be removed.

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

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I think that deleting 'Hi' or 'Thanks' because it takes screen space is exaggeration. If this is a community decision I'll abide, of course. Can you refer me to such guidelines? – Noich Dec 13 '12 at 12:27
@Noich - I did. See the linked question and the answers on it. – Oded Dec 13 '12 at 12:29

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