There are several meta questions that discuss whether questions should include fluff such as salutations and thank yous, but these tend to be long pages, many of which include related topics, such as automatic text removal. They're great for moderators but overwhelming for newbies.

Is there a simple help page that concisely states that "Hi", "Thanks", etc. are not desirable in questions or answers along with a brief rationale? If not, how about creating one? It would be nice to paste the URL to that page in the comment for edits that include fluff removal.

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    @Catija The comments privilege page doesn't address questions, only comments. It also doesn't say anything specifically about thanks; it mentions complements, which are related to but slightly different than gratitude - probably by enough to confuse some newcomers. Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 20:27
  • Ah. Sorry. Misinterpretation of question on my part. :) Lots of people post "thanks" as a comment. :P
    – Catija
    Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 20:29
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    The canonical one is Should 'Hi', 'thanks', taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?. Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 15:27

2 Answers 2


It's the third section of /help/behavior.

You can create a magic link in comments with [help/behavior].

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    [help/behavior] covers signature, taglines, and greetings, but is silent about "Thanks", which might explain why Google couldn't find the page for me (but instead happily found plenty of duplicate meta posts). :-( The absence of guidance regarding "Thanks" seems to be an omission ripe for confusion, given the existence of the "Be nice" section. Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 18:52
  • I'm afraid that's as good as it gets for the moment. It might be worth a feature-request to expand that section of the Help Center.
    – ale
    Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 19:06
  • Agreed. I tagged this question with feature-request. Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 19:09
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    No, @Edward. Al means that you should open a separate FR on this.
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 19:43
  • As suggested, I added a feature request. Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 14:14

Were you looking for something similar to this?1

It's a FAQ proposal on Meta Stack Overflow. Since the commumity seems to agree with its answer (what else can a score above 15 suggest?), linking to it when editing out thanks should be fine.

1 - I'm the author of the thing. Please warn me with a comment if I seem to promote it too much.

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    Great resource, thank you! Not sure why this answer is getting downvoted. Oh well.
    – D.W.
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 6:04
  • @downvoters I suppose you voted this down because it looks like some sort of spam. How can I make it less spammy?
    – SE is dead
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 6:19
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    It might be getting downvoted because what was asked for was a help page, and this is a question/answer.
    – ale
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 11:56
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    Nonono, referencing an other post of yours within Stack Exchange is certainly not spam. The downvotes are here not because your answer looks spammy (it doesn't).
    – nicael
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 12:11

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