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I was wondering whether the automagically salutation remover (already) working properly or not? It seems like a very convenient piece of code, but I still notice a lot of salutations (which should be caught by the code as far as I understand).

Some recent examples with salutations:

and there are many more.

  • I edited the posts to remove the "Hi's" so you'll need to check the revision histories. – ChrisF Aug 7 '11 at 13:25
  • Hmm, looks like the first one choked maybe because of the bold. The others, no punctuation. Seems reasonable why it didn't catch it. – Jeff Mercado Aug 7 '11 at 18:57
  • @Jeff Mercando: Looks like you are right, I only see salutations without punctuation (eg this one). I suppose it is too risky to filter out those ones as well with the salutation remover? – Veger Aug 7 '11 at 19:06
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We generally only remove salutations when they are on a line by themselves. These 3 all begin like

Hi I foo bar baz...

Hello guys I foo bar baz..

Hi my question foo bar baz..

It's much riskier to remove a salutation without being able to use EOL as a definitive end marker, so we don't try...

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