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By word noise I mean posts like.

Hi all you gurus,
<question here>?
thanks,
-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.

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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\$ – Tobias Kienzler Oct 26 '10 at 8:04

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