I have a question, which to some might be a bit close to splitting hairs: Should I edit a question if there are things like:

Thanks in advance

UserNoName

or the code is not properly highlighted or there is some other slight deviation from the usual question format?

Or should I just wait until a moderator cleans it up? (I must confess I got the editing privilege recently and am a bit anxious to try it out... :) )

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A related question, possibly also helpful: When is it (and isn't) acceptable to edit? –  Stefan Kottwitz Nov 10 '11 at 19:14
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If you see a question which can be improved, go ahead and edit it. Community editing makes our site outstanding and is a reason for its quality.

Of course we all should edit sensibly. And we should not edit too much in a row to not flood the front page.

Btw. I don't see that it's urgent to remove a friendly "Thanks" in a new question of a new user to avoid unsettling him. However older questions can be cleaned up without hesitating. It would just be good to improve it a bit further besides a small edit removing "Thanks" and alike.

See also: In Defense of Editing.

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+1. Just want to add that it is possible to edit without edit privilege, the edit only must be review later. (And probably reviewing is faster then editing, thus you can help by this.) –  Stephen Nov 10 '11 at 19:15
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Why is desirable to remove the "Thanks" at all? I.e. why are thanks inappropriate? –  Quinn Culver Sep 28 '12 at 0:38
    
@QuinnCulver The better way to say "Thanks" is to upvote and accept ... –  Kurt Sep 11 '13 at 9:19
    
@Kurt But is it even better to do all three (upvote, accept, AND say 'thanks')? –  Quinn Culver Sep 12 '13 at 11:32
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@QuinnCulver Looking on only one question maybe. But it is not useful to have to read the same with every question. People answering here are willing to help you and need no "Please help" and "Thank you" in the question (I see that is data garbage, the same why I do not like emails written in html garbage). Perhaps that is old fashioned ... –  Kurt Sep 12 '13 at 11:44
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