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

I ended my question with: "Thanks very much" and it was edited out and was down voted??

I also got down voted because I added irrelevant(according to the person who edited my post) tags?? I thought it was relevant.

Can someone please explain?

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    Please, provide a link to the question in question (no pun intended). Jul 31, 2012 at 8:57
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    I've always been one to wonder why my "Thanks in advance" ending is edited out. Does it really have to be removed? Jul 31, 2012 at 8:58
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    Some users consider it noise as it adds no technical value to the question. - see Should 'Hi', 'thanks,' taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?
    – Lix
    Jul 31, 2012 at 8:58
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    Would you expect "Thank you" in an encyclopedia? That's what Stack Exchange will be, preferably. (cc. @ThePower)
    – Arjan
    Jul 31, 2012 at 8:59
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    Could not resist... Jul 31, 2012 at 8:59
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    @Arjan, SO will never reach the quality required to become an encyclopedia, at least not with the current reputation system in place. Jul 31, 2012 at 9:02
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    Too many question marks.
    – vascowhite
    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:04
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    @Arjan I wouldn't read an encyclopedia when trying to resolve a programming issue. Jul 31, 2012 at 9:04
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    (@Hristo, indeed, my "ultimately" does not translate the word I had in mind. Neither does "preferably" in which I changed it, but the time to edit my previous comment was running out... Also, feel free to read "documentation" for "encyclopedia", I hope you get the idea when reading the linked "about".)
    – Arjan
    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:05
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    @Arjan, SO is a Q&A site - not the same as a mere collection of information facts. Questions here are asked by human beings and answered by human beings, not AIs. I see nothing wrong with adding some human touch with an expression like "Thank you". Besides the Etiquette says: "Bring your sense of humor." Would you expect humour in an encyclopedia? Jul 31, 2012 at 9:12
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    "Thank you", "Hi", "Kind regards", etc. are all noise. Any question or answer can exist perfectly fine without it. We all can simply assume the user is thankful, can't we? Let's keep the content as clean as possible.
    – Bart
    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:17
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    @Hristo I'd say SO is somewhere between an encyclopedia and a Q&A site. There's some content that is "the" answer for the question. Either way, it's not a forum for one-on-one support. SO is aiming for content that is useful for future readers as well; that's why personal stuff gets edited out.
    – Pekka
    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:19
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    Very well, @Hristo, would you expect "Thank you" in a FAQ?
    – Arjan
    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:34
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    I assume questions are being polite by default unless it amounts to "hai, send teh codez plz" in which case no amount of thanks will ever fix the rudeness.
    – Flexo
    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:38

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That had nothing to do with why your question got downvoted. Generally, we always removed thanks from the body of posts. Your question was downvoted because it does not show any research effort, which is exactly what the downvote icon says when you hover over it.


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