When I started out on EE.SE I asked a couple of questions with the "Thanks for help" line at the end because I wanted to express my genuine appreciation for people taking the time to answer my questions - only to find after 5 minutes people snagging it off.

Could I ask why this is? For the sake of appreciation and sacrificing one line, it seems pointless (except for those looking to earn the "editor" badge).

  • \$\begingroup\$ Heavy fam, what's with the downvotes? \$\endgroup\$
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    Jun 1, 2016 at 5:11
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There are people, not being me, who think extra lines like that cause clutter.

I see the point of "Hello, ..." and "I have a very specific problem..." being removed, though the latter seems to be invulnerable to such scrutiny the last months. Those initial lines with no information make the overview/excerpt system pointless.

Personally, however, I do not see the point of removing final thanks. Maybe some international (to me) element finds it clutter through inherent societal apathy. Whatever it be, someone decided to make it a rule (officially), for some reason, that such ends also do not belong.


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