“General Notes” can be helpful, or they can cause many headaches.
“Standard Details” can save time, or they can create lots of confusion.
Don’t let your drawings go out with General Notes or Standard Details that haven’t been reviewed. Don’t include General Notes or Standard Details that do not apply to the project “just in case we need them.”
Including inapplicable information in the drawings unnecessarily drives up the cost of the project, and makes it harder for you, the architect, to enforce the applicable information in the contract. Remember: If it’s in the drawings, it’s in the contract. If the contractor keeps discovering inapplicable things in the drawings, you’ll start having to fight over the applicable things.
Delete the stuff that shouldn’t be in the project! Step 1 of that process is to LOOK AT those General Notes and Standard Details, before anyone else does. Review those notes and details the very first time you issue them. To the bidders, to the Owner, to the Construction Manager, to the Consultants, (and to the lawyers, if it comes to that) your General Notes and Standard Details mean just as much as everything else in the drawings.