I've noticed that whenever I start a answer with either the word hello or hi, that word has been removed when I post the answer or attempt to update it. A few things I've noticed about this:

  • Either word having any uppercase characters doesn't stop it from being removed
  • If you change the spelling, like helo and hy, the words aren't removed
  • They only get removed if you start the question or answer with it
  • I've only observed/tested this on/with an answer, but I noticed that the question I was answering started with Hy, but the rest of the spelling (of the question) was fine, leading me to believe that this was done on purpose
  • It also removes any punctuation that is directly after the word (for example: Hello,. The comma would be removed with the word hello or hi)
  • hi. (Simply could, of resist) are you asking for a more expansive / strict filter here? If you could edit this to show the results you wish to see, this can be considered as a bug request. If not, it’s more discussion and should be retagged.
    – bmike Mod
    Commented Jul 13, 2019 at 0:07
  • @bmike no, I'm not asking for filter changes. This is a bug I've noticed. Should I re-tag it?
    – Sam
    Commented Jul 13, 2019 at 0:08
  • Yes. If you don’t propose a change, it’s not really a 🐜
    – bmike Mod
    Commented Jul 13, 2019 at 0:09
  • Ok, does that mean that it's part of the filter?
    – Sam
    Commented Jul 13, 2019 at 0:09

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This is by design, but I don’t know if this list is still current on the code.

The sentiment that chit chat does not belong in any post is deeply embedded in the community since the value of a post is highest and most durable when the question is succinct and crystal clear.

Answers get a little more latitude, since the great ones have a clear succinct answer and then also elaboration as to context, or why the answer is correct.

  • Ok, shall I change this into a discussion about changing the filter?
    – Sam
    Commented Jul 13, 2019 at 0:21
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    It's highly unlikely to be changed, the consensus is that such greetings are noise: meta.stackexchange.com/q/2950/295232
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Jul 13, 2019 at 5:12

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