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

I just saw a question that stated the problem and said 'Thanks in Advance'. An editor fixed a code block in the question, and also removed the phrase.

Is this an appropriate use of editing? Leaving a 'thanks' comment after the fact is one thing, but is saying 'thanks' in the question itself really frowned upon?

marked as duplicate by Lance Roberts, Marc Gravell Jun 10 '11 at 8:07

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  • Ah, thanks for that link. I did a search but didn't see that one. I'll delete this Q. edit: oh, i can't since it has answers, but feel free to close it. sorry. "thanks"! – Jeff Jun 10 '11 at 7:46
  • why the downvote after its been closed for 1.5 years? i can't delete this question. – Jeff Nov 26 '12 at 5:36

Yes, if you're in there editing other things then you can clean up the salutations and thanks. I would never go into a post just to remove them.

See this post.

  • But why remove them at all? – Jeff Jun 10 '11 at 7:44
  • @Jeff, it doesn't really fit the Q&A aspect of the site. See the post for much discussion on it. – Lance Roberts Jun 10 '11 at 7:44
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    @Jeff, as an aside, saying "Thanks" is fine imho. "Thanks in advance" otoh, might mean that you wouldn't bother to say thanks later. – Vineet Reynolds Jun 10 '11 at 8:06
  • @Vineet, I think saying thanks is fine in the comments, we just try to keep them out of the posts. – Lance Roberts Jun 10 '11 at 8:07
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    @Vineet I feel most SO users feel the opposite, if anything. Saying 'thanks' after the fact creates a superfluous post. Saying 'thanks' in the question body doesn't. Personally, I'll do either occasionally, but it depends highly on the circumstance – Jeff Jun 10 '11 at 8:09
  • Oh, perhaps I was wrong... – Jeff Jun 10 '11 at 8:10

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