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I haven't been on Worldbuilding much, but I know that on Stack Overflow we're generally against people putting useless text like "Hi, I'm new but I hope you can answer my question. I love this community and I've been here for a long time but today is my first post, thanks".

This question on Worldbuilding pretty much has this filler and I feel like it shouldn't have the intro paragraph for the following reasons:

  • It adds nothing to the question
  • Nobody reading the question came to read about the user's personal lurking habits
  • It would set a bad precedent for every question to have this kind of text prepended
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  • $\begingroup$ I agree with this. Someone should edit that part out. $\endgroup$ – DaaaahWhoosh Jan 26 '16 at 20:21
  • $\begingroup$ Just to be clear, we aren't talking about back stories, right (I love back stories)? $\endgroup$ – PyRulez Jan 29 '16 at 1:51
  • $\begingroup$ @PyRulez you can click the link I put and look at the edit history. $\endgroup$ – SimonT Jan 29 '16 at 4:15
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You are right. When I edit questions that have those I delete them (the extraneous sentences) I just don't go and edit them for that alone. Feel free to clean them up.

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    $\begingroup$ Agreed, and I'd add: try to leave a meaningful edit summary and/or comment so the new user knows why this was edited out. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Jan 27 '16 at 1:56
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We are usually more lenient than SO on surrounding text, but nevertheless if you do see them, don't hesitate to edit them out. Anyway, your edits will be reviewed.

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So I am the new user who posted that question and the accompanying "pleasantries." I was aware that such frivolity is not generally encouraged on SE sites. However, being that I was a new user at the time and also that I have a great love for both the site and the concept it implements, I felt that it would be proper to include the fluff. That kind of thing is just sort of in my nature... I've always been a tad goofy in that way. It was genuine, though, and meant to convey the real sense of camaraderie I feel.

I figured that it would eventually be edited out by a user with the rep and the inclination to do so... and in fact I had planned to edit it out regardless after a small time. It seems as though I was correct in my assumption: it has indeed been edited out. Don't worry; I won't be reversing it. It was, after all, part of my plan. Muahahahah!

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    $\begingroup$ The following two statements contradict each other: 1) I was aware that such frivolity is not generally encouraged. 2) I felt that it would be proper to include the fluff. $\endgroup$ – SimonT Jan 27 '16 at 4:18
  • $\begingroup$ Proper in the sense of honoring my own conscience. No contradiction, just an incomplete statement. $\endgroup$ – Trekkie Jan 27 '16 at 4:20
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    $\begingroup$ you always have the option to put some of the niceties in your profile page $\endgroup$ – bowlturner Jan 27 '16 at 14:30
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I think a comment on the post saying "Our custom is keeping to the question rather than introducing ourselves. That said welcome to the site". Would be friendly and non-aggressive.

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If "pleseantries" are very short, I don't think they're a problem. They are only a way being polite and gratefull, if they don't distract from the point of the question and stops after only a few words, in my opinion we don't have to delete them.

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