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closed as too localized by juanformoso, balpha♦, Ladybug Killer, random, Ether Mar 16 '10 at 4:47
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I cleaned up the question and edited out the irrelevant bits. Let me know if you think I lost any of the author's original intent.
I think the idea was to eliminate the "auto-sig" stuff some people use in e-mails.
Whenever there's such a big community, you can't completely eliminate the pleasantries that make things go smoothly for everyone. To keep the noise down, they shouldn't be encouraged; but at the same time, actively discouraging them probably isn't a wise move either.
From what I've seen, this type of thing is actually pretty rare, and I'd just as well let it go. It doesn't add value to the question content, but it adds value to the site (meta-value, I guess).
The "hi/thanks" stuff is more noisy, as it doesn't add any value to the site content at all.