By word noise I mean posts like.

Hi all you gurus,
<question here>?
-joe somebody

If I've already opened the question for editing, poor grammar and whatnot, should I eliminate the word noise?

It seems a no brainer, except there are more subjective cases like

Man! I've looked everywhere and google comes up with nothing.
How does <question-here>?

I would normally say the first line is just noise, but there some question where the noise actually helps make the question a little more understandable.


Remove them. There's precedence for this.

If it adds nothing to the question at all, feel free to remove it. It can only improve the quality of the site as a whole.

Signatures are completely unnecessary since we have those little flair boxes. "Hi" doesn't do anything.

Generally I won't remove them unless I'm editing the question for other reasons anyway, though.

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    \$\begingroup\$ However, if the user rolls back to keep their signature, one should respect that wish, as stated here. No point in edit-wars for minor reasons \$\endgroup\$ Oct 26 '10 at 8:04

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