I recently posted an answer and also have posted questions as well with text like
- "Thanks for your help"
- "I hope this helps you"
- "I hope this is helpful"
These types of text have been removed the last one cited.
"Stack Overflow is like an encyclopedia, so we prefer to omit these types of phrases. It is assumed that everyone here is trying to be helpful."
It is assumed? If you go into a shop and ask for help - and you don't you say thanks or sorry if you knock over a drink in a pub say - then doesn't that come off as well.
People on the internet do comment on the poor behaviour of some people on the site and saying thanks/that's helpful as well as votes are a way of showing that the site is a friendly place open to all. Votes up and down help the computer work out the good from bad answers. "Thanks", "sorry" and "I hope this helps", helps users work out the bad users from the good.
Text around the site backs this up.
Be specific and imagine you’re asking a question to another person
(is the text for asking a question) I'm asking the question to another person. So a good question has a lot of information, but also a level of kindness in the text. Equally responses would be similar. Informative with a nice ending as well.
I get that we want basically a repository of questions and answers - but 'nice comments' around the subject are well just good manners and something we should promote not just remove out of hand.
I guess at the end of day, I'm asking for the guidelines to be updated and for a little more leniency in policy/procedures.