Today, I tried something new when editing on Stack Overflow. I tried searching for "Thank you in advanced". I found several hundred posts, and got rid of quite a few - anything posted this month, as a matter of fact.
I then tried "Thanks you in advance", and again, got rid the phrase from posts created in December.
I tried "Thank you in advance", and found over 10,000. I got rid of all that I found from today, but they keep coming back.
I tried "Thanks", and was horrified to find millions of them! And there's no way I can even edit the ones created in the past hour!
So, I'd be thankful for your help if you would help me edit some more of these. I'll even "allow" you to use the same ad-hoc comment I use:
Unlike forum sites, we don't use "Thanks", or "Any help appreciated", or signatures on [so]. See [Should 'Hi', 'thanks,' taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?](Should 'Hi', 'thanks,' taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?).
Warning: I have also been asked if I'm grumpy today1. I'd like some help before they get around to asking me who peed in my cornflakes.
1.Hell no, I'm not grumpy!
Note: I have been improving the whole question. I never make targeted edits only. I always fix all typos, tags in titles, etc. that I see.
Note carefully: I am not advocating a mass campaign to remove only the salutations. I, personally, never do that, unless the salutation is the only thing wrong with the post.
I am trying to point out that we're leaving a lot of these minor "broken windows" and "litter" hanging around, and I'd like us to start doing better at cleaning them up. That is, cleaning them up, in addition to whatever else is wrong with the post.
I'm also advocating leaving a comment telling the OP why the edit is done. I believe that will not only be good for the OP, but for others who will read the comment and decide not to leave a salutation to begin with.
P.S. The "Thanks" in this post is meant to be facetious. Editors, kindly leave it alone.