Value is either
nil (no variable overrides) or a let-style list
(VARIABLE VALUE) to override default values.
gnus-posting-styles to set this variable for specific
groups. Presets to impersonate popular mail agents are available in the
traditionalto reply inline,
abovefor top-posting, and
message-insert-citation-line, which will lead to citation lines that look like:
Hallvard B Furuseth <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Point will be at the beginning of the body of the message when this function is called.
Note that Gnus provides a feature where clicking on ‘writes:’ hides the
cited text. If you change the citation line too much, readers of your
messages will have to adjust their Gnus, too. See the variable
gnus-cite-attribution-suffix. See Article Highlighting, for details.
message-yank-prefixprepended to it (except for quoted lines which use
message-yank-cited-prefixand empty lines which use
message-yank-empty-prefix). The default is ‘> ’.
message-cite-original, which simply inserts the original message and prepends ‘> ’ to each line.
message-cite-original-without-signaturedoes the same, but elides the signature.
(mark t). And each function should leave point and mark around the citation text as modified.
t(which is the default), the
message-signature-filefile will be inserted instead. If a function, the result from the function will be used instead. If a form, the result from the form will be used instead. If this variable is
nil, no signature will be inserted at all.
message-signature-directoryis ignored, even if set. The default is ~/.signature.
message-signature-fileis expected to specify the directory if needed.
t(the default value) an empty line is inserted before the signature separator.
Note that RFC1036bis says that a signature should be preceded by the three characters ‘-- ’ on a line by themselves. This is to make it easier for the recipient to automatically recognize and process the signature. So don't remove those characters, even though you might feel that they ruin your beautiful design, like, totally.
Also note that no signature should be more than four lines long. Including ASCII graphics is an efficient way to get everybody to believe that you are silly and have nothing important to say.