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The policy of editing out “noise” should be proactively explained and more easily referred to and justified

Across the network, but especially on Stack Overflow, it's considered important to edit questions and answers to remove noise. Of course I agree with this policy; it's part of what keeps the sites ...
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Should "thank you" be edited out as noise on meta sites or is it considered generally acceptable?

I understand that "thank you" is considered noise on main sites and should be edited out. On meta sites, rules tend to be a little different though (e.g. discussions and opinions are allowed,...
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How to allow thank-you's

Or sometimes, everything actually goes well, and they get an answer! So they thank the poster… only to be told that on Stack Overflow, “please” and “thank you” are considered noise. All these ...
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Answers don't like hair (i.e., "hair" at the beginning of an answer is automatically deleted)

As you can see I made an edit but it won't stick and gets deleted right away; another user with 20k rep also tried to make the same edit with no luck. This is the answer where it happened. Also I ...
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Blessings and other appeals to deities [duplicate]

Is SO an appropriate place for comments like God Bless SIMPLEXML God Bless you all... God bless you..... Thanks a lot and God bless. God blessed. I finally got the solution. Thank you and God Bless! ...
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How should we deal with "sorry, my english is bad" parts in questions / answers? [duplicate]

Quite often, I see something like: Sorry if the language is not perfect, I translated the quotes from german. or Sorry, English is not my native language. in questions (and, although more rare, in ...
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Formalized reminders to guide new users without comment noise

There are a lot of people on Stack Overflow who like to share their technical knowledge. Not surprisingly, there are also many people who like to show new users how to use the site itself. This is ...
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Posting irrelevant "answers" to programming questions on Meta

Disclaimer: Please don't take this as a personal attack if you've done this before. I think the "Calvin and Hobbes" thing is sort-of-funny too. I just don't think it's an appropriate response to ...
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Religious salutations in religious SE sites

Along with this question on religious salutations on SO, since Islam.SE went through private beta, I need to know if the same policy holds there. Some users get offended when I edit their religious ...
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(Possibly transient) indicator of edits in questions and answers as an alternative to "EDIT" headings

TLDR: My idea is to have a way for early edits (whole new chunks of text) to be highlighted while the post is still fairly new, so that the "EDIT:" convention is unneeded, resulting in less noise in ...
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How should I ask a user to stop adding clutter to their question?

Particular users consistently add clutter to their questions ("Thanks in advance", "Any ideas?"). I will usually suggest an edit to remove these. However, the same users continue to add the same ...
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Flagging a question as duplicate does not provide a link back to that question from the proposed canonical question

If I post a link in a comment for question A that links to question B, a great feature happens, question B links back to question A. However, if I indicate an even closer relationship by flagging ...
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Comments that say "you beat me by X seconds" and similar [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “You beat me to it!” comments Very often people leave comments such as this one: Beat by 7 seconds :) Haha. You win this round! What's the policy on this? Are ...
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Are Thank you's at ends of questions acceptable? [duplicate]

This is a question from an editor-in-training. Are "Thank you"'s at ends of questions acceptable? Thank you!
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Auto protect questions with a sudden influx of viewers

A sudden, large increase in viewers, for instance from Reddit, can result in no small amount of noise and spam, as it more often than not occurs when there's a contentious topic at hand. It may be ...
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Is it now discouraged to ask for reasons for downvotes as a comment?

I've noticed on the tools section that several comments from posters asking why their post has been downvoted are being flagged. Is it now considered bad form to ask for downvote-reasons? Is the ...
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jquery questions with too many answers

I know Jquery is a pretty big thing (45,879 questions) for web developers (myself included), but surely a question as simple as "how to download jquery" doesn't require 6 answers...(and they weren't ...
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What is considered as noise if it comes to comments?

We've got the option to flag comments as "noise, offensive or spam", offensive and spam is pretty clear...but what is considered as noise? I mean, sometimes people drift off into a discussion which ...
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Could we please have the 'noise' close reason on stackoverflow?

I submit that this question would justify it.
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Repercussions from continued noise

I'm curious as to what levels moderators are tolerant of noise on the sites, understanding that those levels might be different across the sites. We don't get all that much noise on SF as, seemingly, ...
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How should I report answers which are pure noise?

How should I report answers which are pure noise? Thus, answers which actually needs to be completely removed rather than edited. Here's an excellent example. It basically contains only the following: ...
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How was 200 chosen as the rep needed for reduced advertising?

Can you post some statistics on how exactly the number 200 was chosen, how does it perform, a graph that shows how many pageviews/revenues come from users with rep X ?
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