I am a Newbie here. In other forums, my habit is to close my messages with the signature

"Kind regards Uwe Hesse

http://uhesse.wordpress.com"

Regarding the automatically attached username, pointing to my profile, I can understand that the part after "Kind regards" is not needed here. Anyway, in my view, there should be no objection against "Kind regards", but some senior members told me that it is just "Clutter".

Is that really common opinion here? Also, I am not very comfortable with the approach that any senior member will edit other members messages regularly according to their preferred style & habits. To me, that seems not appropriate, even a bit rude, to be honest.

I am not sure whether I should participate in such a restricted & cold environment.

Thank you for not editing this message (if you can manage)!

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for reference, dba.stackexchange.com/questions/6018/… –  jcolebrand Sep 22 '11 at 14:03
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See this discussion for a full explanation of why signatures are discouraged. In short, we want answers to contain only relevant information. Your name, for example, is automatically posted next to every question, answer, or comment you make. You are free and encouraged to put any other info you would want in your signature on your profile instead.

With regards to editing, I understand why you might feel offended that someone else has edited your answer. However, being able to edit any answer is a core part of StackExchange. Just as others may edit your questions and answers to improve them, you may do the same to their submissions.

StackExchange is different from the usual forum setup. Once you familiarize yourself with these differences you'll find that we're a friendly bunch. :)

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The word "clutter" is unnecessarily derogatory IMO, so I hope no-one described your tag-line as that and if they did I am sorry - here as anywhere else, politeness is appreciated and actively encouraged. As others have pointed out, this site has a slightly different etiquette than other sites, and politeness is not a concept you can abstract from the culture of the forum you are communicating in - in other words it is more polite not to say "Kind Regards" at the end of your answer on this site!

I believe the reason for this is that the unique focus is on the answer itself, and how it serves anyone reading it (not just the original questioner) - and conciseness is very valuable to someone arriving from Google. This "answer focus" rather then "answerer focus" is also the rationale behind the "wiki-style" free-for-all where your answer may be edited by anyone with high enough reputation (which is not to say it happens all the time).

Whilst it takes a short while to get used to the different culture I think it is well worth the effort - and your excellent contributions so far demonstrate that you have much to contribute as we begin to mature; high quality content, particularly answers, is what makes these sites worthwhile.

I hope you will keep contributing and come to agree with how things are done here (or at least not be offended)

Warm regards :-)

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You have had a good point with "politeness is not a concept you can abstract from the culture of the forum you are communicating in - in other words it is more polite not to say "Kind Regards" at the end of your answer on this site!" Made me think about it again :-) –  Uwe Hesse Sep 25 '11 at 6:36
    
Thanks for taking the trouble to give this some more thought :-) –  Jack Douglas Sep 26 '11 at 15:10
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For good or ill it is considered noise to include things like

  • Thanks
  • Kind Regards

etc. at the foot of every post. If everyone did it, it would make the actual questions and answers hard to spot. It's simpler to say that they shouldn't be added. See the FAQ for more information.

Adding a link to your blog to every post will probably be considered "excessive self promotion" by some people and may well earn you spam flags. Get enough of those on a post and it will be deleted and you'll lose 100 reputation. Again there's more information in the FAQ

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Additionally, it's worth pointing out that links without explanation are considered spam in general. If a person links to another forum and doesn't explain the link, eventually that link will rot. –  jcolebrand Sep 22 '11 at 14:20
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I'd like to point out that I have recognized the concerns regarding the link to my Blog already as valid. –  Uwe Hesse Sep 22 '11 at 14:32
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@uwe That wasn't really directed at your links. Sorry for making it seem like it was. –  jcolebrand Sep 22 '11 at 14:38
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@uwe we are not opposed to a "thanks" at the bottom of questions, but we generally have a philosophy here of maximizing signal.. I just assume every post is signed "thanks" :) –  Jeff Atwood Sep 24 '11 at 9:33
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@jcolebrand no offences - I just wanted to say that I already recognized it –  Uwe Hesse Sep 25 '11 at 6:42
    
@Jeff To be honest, that would not look like a catastrophe to me if everybody would say thanks. I think you guys should review the concept of trying to submit hard technical information only, because that is not the way humans communicate - there is a lot of "soft content" instead, and that is okay. At least that is my view. –  Uwe Hesse Sep 25 '11 at 6:46
    
@UweHesse ok. :D –  jcolebrand Sep 25 '11 at 7:10
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@uwe humans communicate a lot of different ways.. would you send a telegram or 140 character SMS with a lot of florid salutations and thanks included? If you want to "be nice" then help others with their questions, that's the very best kind of thanks :) –  Jeff Atwood Sep 25 '11 at 7:12
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