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I edit a lot of posts every day. I often run across posts with 'Hi' and 'Thanks' on the top and the bottom of the post respectively. I also run across things like:

--User

Should these items be removed during the editing of the post by an editor?

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    Kill it with fire. You want to do social you get on Facebook. :) I like the questions just to be questions (without any noise).
    – PeeHaa
    Jan 30, 2012 at 19:35
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    I can't speak for ALL the users, but I've just found this question yesterday. Despite the fact I find this answers very useful, doesn't seem appropriate to call it "clear decision" since opinions continue to go both ways.
    – Zuul
    Jul 17, 2012 at 14:32
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    Opinions do not go 'either way'. Look at the answers and the votes on them. Just because we have a vocal minority it doesn't override the overwhelming support for the removal of such extraneous clutter from posts. It also does not override the site policy listed below as well.
    – GEOCHET
    Jul 17, 2012 at 16:27
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    Just to be clear, I've been editing a lot lately over on SO, and I've become a little worried that I'm being perceived as a serial editor for no point, I've been formatting code and correcting spelling but also I've removed a ton of Thanks, Thx, Please help !!! Cheers etc... Can one reassure me I'm alright with this behaviour otherwise I'll stop doing it, but I do feel like I'm improving the quality.
    – Daniel
    Aug 13, 2012 at 21:44
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    Should we promote this to faq-proposed (with the appropriate work)? It seems like a good enough thing.
    – Cole Tobin
    Aug 13, 2013 at 4:43
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    A better way to give back to the community than using an impersonal, empty thank you stuck at the end of a question before people even answer, is to: spend extra time making your question concise and clear, read all answers carefully, vote for the good ones, award the best answer with an extra 15 points, make comments on any new things you've realized that could help future readers, let an answerer know if something's wrong in their answer, etc.
    – Garrett
    Oct 13, 2014 at 21:06
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    For people who do insist on explicitly giving verbal gratitude, writing thank you in a comment under an answer is preferable to a undirected thank you in a question that hundreds of thousands of people will read. Suppose that the thank you message in a question distracts each reader for an average of 0.5 seconds and suppose the answer has 100,000 views. 100,000 * 0.5s = 14 hours. So 14 hours have been spent on people reading a thank you message for something they didn't do.
    – Garrett
    Oct 13, 2014 at 21:14
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    In some places, it just doesn't make sense to add a thank you tagline. Stack Exchange is a site for disseminating information. Notice that articles in academic journals don't end with Thank you.
    – Garrett
    Oct 13, 2014 at 21:20
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    Possible duplicate of Are taglines & signatures disallowed? Mar 15, 2019 at 8:39
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    Would be so great to have these things automatically removed. Just bloats up questions. Jun 18, 2019 at 21:55
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    A minor point, but if the only fault is an opening "Hi", that's only a 2 or 3 character edit. What do you do to make up the other 3 or 4 characters to reach the minimum of 6 when there are no more obvious problems? Mar 1, 2022 at 12:20
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    Note: Atwood's post is where he announced the salutation removal filter. (This is not so obvious in the "oldest first" view, being at the 25th place in the sort order.) Apr 15, 2022 at 10:44
  • Related: What should I keep out of my posts and titles?
    – starball
    Dec 19, 2022 at 1:03
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    I personally think that all those salutations should not be added in question, comment or answer because once if this thing start then new user will add more and more in these terms because nobody usually go to faq to read the policy and it not only waste the readers time as well it will occupy storage site which is not a good idea for such opensource project.
    – Krakalien
    Jan 12, 2023 at 4:56

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A solution to this problem could be to add a method like code blocks or code span with backticks, in order to add additional greetings. Thus the greetings could be turned off by a simple switch for users who prefer plain raw questions and left in tact for the users who prefer a more human response.

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When this site is run by robots entirely, then it will be OK to remove greetings and thanks. For now, we humans like to come here, and signs of appreciation from fellow humans are a nice touch.

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    I think you mistake Stack Exchange to be a social platform, as too many do. It's not. And on the contrary: the current management is leading SE to become AI-driven social platform. Jul 28, 2023 at 16:12
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    No. Email is a communication platform, not a social platform. Being nice in emails is still welcome.
    – Dave
    Jul 28, 2023 at 16:13
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    Awesome, and totally unrelated. We don't send emails to each other. We ask and answer questions. Jul 28, 2023 at 16:14
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    I was merely pointing out your false assumption that nice words only belong on sites that are social platforms.
    – Dave
    Jul 28, 2023 at 16:15
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    Ironically, "robots" are far more likely to add "Thanks" and other similarly useful content to posts than humans are.
    – Kevin B
    Jul 28, 2023 at 16:15
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    @KevinB It is definitely ironic, because robots are made for humans to be more comfortable in interacting with them. Whereas on Stackexchange, humans have always insisted on acting like robots, the unfriendly kind.
    – Dave
    Jul 28, 2023 at 16:18
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    @Dave and yet, one produces useful content far more often than the other and doesn't rely on stealing content from the other to be half decent sometimes. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    – Kevin B
    Jul 28, 2023 at 16:22
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