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Why hasn't google created an option to disable quoted text?

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Why hasn't google created an option to disable quoted text? lukefinsaas 8/19/09 2:47 PM
My qualm with gmail is simple and particular: why not have an option for disabling quoted text?

I've been sending business emails from a hosted google account. I understand that the recipients will not see the text as quoted (unless they have gmail and have received an email with the same subject and similar text), BUT it still cause a great deal of concern in my office. Today I sent out the same request to two companies and in my Sent box, the emails are absolutely butchered with quoted text--a purple line here, black text there. In short, very unprofessional. And I don't really care that google says that my recipients didn't see this--I can't verify that.

For peace of mind, to retain small-to-mid sized businesses that are currently utilizing google's hosted solution, please create an option for disabling quoted text.
Re: Why hasn't google created an option to disable quoted text? HawaiiBee 8/27/09 11:41 AM
I agree, I'd like to turn it off. But its probably a resource saver because they don't have to show the old messages 95% of the time. My work around right now is to use an IMAP client and just view the email in another client.
Re: Why hasn't google created an option to disable quoted text? HawaiiBee 8/31/09 5:41 PM
no updates on this i guess
Re: Why hasn't google created an option to disable quoted text? mattlarson12 5/5/10 1:09 PM
PLEASE make this happen. quoted text is my least favorite email feature of all time and with threading messages it's completely and totally unnecessary.
Re: Why hasn't google created an option to disable quoted text? jimthecanadian 5/20/10 4:00 AM
i find it so annoying to receive an email reply from a Gmail user who not only quotes back the entirety of my previous message to me (which i had already read, thank you) AND my signature (despite the statutory "-- " sig separator which tells sensible email clients not to bother quoting the signature) AND MOREOVER a whole pile of gobbledygook that had been appended by the mailinglist where he saw my message.

so i set up a Gmail account of my own just now to see what exact steps he needs to take in Settings or Preferences or somewhere to switch off auto-quoting.  i'm boggled.  Gmail provides no such option.  i'm astonished.

well, i shall tell him a very simple workaround then.  do Ctrl-A first thing on starting a reply.  then as soon as he starts typing, the old text disappears.  crude, but it does the trick.

so why does Gmail refuse to include such a basic option?
and why DO so many email users think they MUST repeat all of the previous message back?  it's some sort of disease.

</rant>

-- 
jim


Re: Why hasn't google created an option to disable quoted text? 4godslovely 9/29/10 11:00 AM
After reading and re-reading all the above about disabling the "show quoted text" option (which isn't optional, I'm taking it) we can't do anything until Gmail finally decides that we SHOULD have an option in the Settings to disable this function?  All I do is send one page 'funny' emails etc.to a group of friends which recently, I have included myself JUST to see how they will receive the email.  Most of the time, it is with the "show quoted text" that they have to click onto and if they don't know to do this, all they are receiving is a blank page with my signature.  Annoying as H.....This needs to be changed!!
Re: Why hasn't google created an option to disable quoted text? ickybuck 10/13/10 12:14 PM
Got a solution guys...I just spent 20 minutes and found nothing online.  I noticed all the text that was set to a colour other than black kept its formatting but the black all turned purple.  So here's what I did:

If you use Chrome (why wouldn't you?!?!?), install Blank Canvas Gmail Signatures. Once it is installed, you can use HTML to make your Gmail signature.  I used Word to create the HTML (don't ask why...I know it is stupid, but I'm a HTML noob...).  This gave me an idea - may be the HTML didn't specify a color for the black so that it could assume the "normal" color which becomes purple in a reply?  

Well, when I added those little tidbits to the HTML for the black text (#000000), the black text in my signature replies now stay black.

Voila...