Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 157 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

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

This is a question from an editor-in-training.

Thank you!

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by Rick Sladkey, Lance Roberts, Mark Trapp, random Jun 27 '11 at 3:05

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.

See this question. I personally try to remove "fluff" as I see it. – Tim Cooper Jun 27 '11 at 2:34
I just edited a question to remove the "Good morning" from the beginning. The same post also had "Thanks and regards" at the end. If I see that, should I remove it as well? – Daniel Jun 27 '11 at 2:40
I personally would. You can take a look at this edit I made and the opening and closing I removed. – Tim Cooper Jun 27 '11 at 2:43
Thanks aren't removed automatically but only because it's not (yet) practical. Feel free to remove them by hand. – Rick Sladkey Jun 27 '11 at 2:50
Remove it if you are in there making other edits. Don't make an edit for the sole purpose of removing thanks, though: – Jeff Atwood Jun 27 '11 at 8:53
up vote 4 down vote accepted

As reported by Jeff Atwood in Should 'Hi', 'thanks,' taglines, and salutations be removed from posts? salutations are automatically removed.
He also adds "the thanks parts at the end of posts are much more difficult/risky to detect, so we are not touching those for now."

The point is that the question text should focus on the question itself; what is extra should not be added, or posted as comment, if it helps in someway.

Phrases like "thank you," "any help is appreciated," or "I hope somebody can help me" don't add anything to the question but says something that seems implicit; they should be removed, in the same way signatures or tag lines are removed.

share|improve this answer
it's more hurtful to have extra text at the top (where everyone starts reading, and where excerpts are taken from) than the bottom. I wouldn't mind removing "thanks" at the bottom but it also feels a little.. mean-spirited. Or at least more so than simply removing "hello" at the beginning. – Jeff Atwood Jun 27 '11 at 8:52
I take them off when I'm editing other things, but usually my edit comment is something like "Removing unnecessary politeness (sorry!)" – pjmorse Oct 6 '12 at 0:56

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .