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What fluff (and what level of fluff) is acceptable in posts?
There is this question, revision 1. It contains several fragments I call "fluff":
Opening phrase, greeting:
Hello fellow community
Your help would be greatly appreciated
Closing phrase, farewell:
Emoticons: 👋, 😑, 😠, 🙂, ✌️.
I think some of the fluff is because the user wanted to be polite, I understand one may think it's the right thing.
The emoticons I find childish, unprofessional, definitely out of place. In rare cases I accept
:) or so (and I have used it few times here and there) to indicate something is rather a joke than serious, where the joke really fits. Still this should be
:), i.e. printable characters from the ASCII set that can always be displayed; not "🙂" that requires the reader's font to support such fancy
If it was up to me, I would happily remove all this fluff, to me it's garbage, I'd like posts to be as clean as possible. I am aware that some users may perceive removing their fluff as offensive, my response would be: 'nothing personal, just maintenance'. I failed to find the official policy regarding this; or a consensus. And if there is none yet, this may be the place to state or create one. Therefore I'm asking:
Should we remove such fluff? Is an edit that only removes fluff a good, non-trivial, desired edit?
If we should remove fluff, should we remove all kinds of fluff? Or are there exceptions? (e.g. "emoticons are fine").
If we should remove fluff, should we remove all the fluff? I mean e.g. if the fluff is because the author wanted to be polite, maybe we should leave one piece of fluff to honor his or her willingness to explicitly sound polite.
Does (or should) the policy depend on which community (i.e. which subsite of codidact.com) the post belongs to? The linked example belongs to linux.codidact.com which concentrates on Linux and Unix-like operating systems, so on computers, so it's technical. IMO it should be as technical as possible; fluff like greetings is not technical. At the same time I can imagine that maybe humanistic communities want to appear more humane and maybe fluff like greetings is acceptable there.
If we should remove fluff, is 'nothing personal, just maintenance; please see this question' a good response in case someone gets offended by fluff removal and/or insists on keeping his or her fluff?
> 4\. Does (or should) the policy depend on which community (i.e. which subsite of codidact.com) the post belongs to? …
> Should we remove such fluff? ... If we should remove fluff, should we remove all kinds of fluff? Or are there exceptio …
I think the basic question is: >Would future readers of the question want to see it? The main way to use a Q&A sit …
Not allowing fluff was the norm Elsewhere, and I consider it the norm here unless explicitly stated to the contrary. …