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Should "Hello", "Thank you", "Morning" and similar greetings be removed from posts?

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I just started to see greetings in posts like:

"Hello", "Thank you", "Morning" and other types of greetings. Should this greetings be removed from posts or we just keep them?

Sometimes I think they are just noise and might not be helpful for future readers since all of use are here to help so there is no need for "Thank you" or any other type of greetings.

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I agree it's noise. But situations like these should also be handled tactfully. Phrases like these ar... (2 comments)

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Note: this is mostly a personal preference that I use when moderating the posts

Generally, no

While "Hello" and "Thank you" are noise (overhead) for the questions and answers, they are also part of how we actually interact with each other as human beings. So, I would let them be.

If the "thank you" part is particularly long, I would consider replacing it with something shorter.

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Just to have a differing viewpoint represented.

Addressing questions and answers

The stated reason for stripping politese Somewhere Else (which I largely agree with) is that while posts are created and improved as a human interaction, their main function is as a long-lived informational resource.

If a Q&A site is performing it's job well, many more people will interact with the content by

  • finding it through an internet search
  • skimming the content to evaluate relevance, then maybe reading the question and some of the answers in depth, and just possibly using the information
  • going on their way happy to have found an answer or at least content that they didn't waste a lot of time looking at something not relevant

than are involved in the active creation and maintenance of the content.

In this content the politese is just taking up space and slowing down their parsing.

Addressing other classes of posts

Different type of posts have different goals and should be considered in their own contexts. FAQs and How-Tos are probably better without salutations and the like for the same reasons as Q&As. More blog like articles should probably reflect the author's style (meaning don't "fix" it just because their style is different than yours). Even meta-Q&As have different audience demographics and are much more interactive, so perhaps that's a good place to focus on humanizing the interaction.

Do I care all that much if you leave a "Thanks" in your question?

Nah, but don't get me started on "thx".

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