Simple as that, WHY? I always put a 'Thanks in advance.' at the end of my question and after a while it always gets edited, some stuff get added and some removed, probably from a moderator, including the 'Thanks in advance.' at the end. Also feedback is not recommended in the comments, like I can't say a god damn 'thanks' to someone for helping me out...

Thanks in advance. :3

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    $\begingroup$ To show that moderators are not the cruel power stomping internet dictators that some imagine we are, I am not going to edit the "Thanks in advance. :3" out of your question. Even though after reading my answer you can see why there's no time for that kind of thing. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Mar 6, 2018 at 18:08
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    $\begingroup$ It's not that saying thanks is forbidden, it's that we say it differently (with upvotes and accepts) $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Mar 7, 2018 at 1:45
  • $\begingroup$ "Thanks in advance" in particular might be taken as passive agressive by some people; the ones that complain about "thank you for not smoking" sign, since it feels a little implying-that-i-will-help when read. $\endgroup$
    – Weaver
    May 12, 2018 at 6:17

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"Thanks" salutations, greetings, "please help" and any extraneous text in the question, is (no offense) but a wast of time to everybody that comes along and reads it.

All extraneous text should be edited out of posts.

If you have a line at the end of your question that says:

I would really appreciate any help with this.
Thanks in advance.

Sure is it "harmless" it only take what 2 seconds to read. But it is useless to the question. I can answer your question just as well if that was not there. Now what if your question was viewed by 200 people? You've now wasted nearly 7 minutes of peoples' lives just because you wanted to be polite.

Save the thanks for when you really do get that answer. The green check mark to the left of an answer is a great way to show the answer helped you.

There is a plethora of info on this all over SE.
This guy here has a good answer on concisely conveying the relevant information, with quite a few relevant links.
He even asked a question about it Editing questions to remove “thank you” etc.

Comments are another matter entirely (well for me).

I too have the same frustration about "thanks" in the comments.

I mean what is the big deal? It a comment. I often express thanks for a particularity good answer.

Comments by design are not meant for long term information, they get deleted and cleaned up often. I for one have no problem with a thanks comment. However SE thinks otherwise, and we have people that go around flagging "thanks" comments from data queries.
So your thanks comment probably will get deleted at some point. Don't sweat it. The post author will get notified of your comment, and he is really the only person that needs to see it. (As a mod I often leave comments on posts I'm about to delete. My comment get deleted, but the OP will still see it.)

TLDR (yes I put it at the bottom so you had to read the posts first)

Keep any and all extraneous text out of posts.
I'm ok with a thanks comment, but don't tell SE I said that.

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    $\begingroup$ Does the same apply for "Hope this helps" at the end of answers? $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Mar 6, 2018 at 18:55
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    $\begingroup$ Courtesy in interpersonal communication is an integral part of society. That's a shame to remove this aspect off of BSE specially when it allows to distinguish between nice people bullies who just want answers immediately. That said, courtesy can be quick and concise. There is definitely place for a middle ground here without wasting anyone's time rather than stripping it off completely. $\endgroup$
    – Bruno
    Mar 10, 2018 at 0:03
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    $\begingroup$ This reasoning seems absurd to me. The stuff doesn't feel right for the format, but basically implying that you should feel bad for wasting people's time with with nonsense just feels wrong. Much of the rest of the world isn't getting enough of it as it is. $\endgroup$
    – Weaver
    May 12, 2018 at 6:27
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    $\begingroup$ Hello and thanks you are very important communication techniques that date back the entire history of communication. Even modern electronic protocols have hello goodbye handshakes. StackExchange is trying to re-write the rules. The website is moral swiss cheese and illogical. They'll ban this comment and the whole question soon. $\endgroup$
    – James
    Aug 16, 2020 at 5:30

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