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I have a file full of quotations that I would like to include in my GMail signature at random. Is there a way to do this?

The random signature feature from Google Labs has been retired:

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Turn on experimental new feature and choose random signature.

That should do it.

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This was new on: Jun 5, 2008 05:01 PM according the the date of the post. – jjnguy Jul 8 '10 at 20:55
The Random Signature Gmail Lab was retired some time ago. – Al E. Feb 19 '13 at 1:21

I found a couple quotes from Steve Jobs and Joel Spolsky that I really liked, so I put them in my Gmail signature. I didn't want to forget them as I found other quotes, so I just added them in as well. However, now my signature is longer than the actual emails I was sending, so I, like the question asker, wanted a way to be able to collect my quotes and inject them randomly into my signature.

I couldn't find a working solution, so I held a little mini, solo hackathon in my apartment that started at about 10pm and ended at 3am, once I pushed the code to Github. You can download Random Gmail Quotes from my Github page and install it as an unpacked extension. To replace the quotes I picked, simply edit the quotes.js file -- in your user profile directory -- and replace them with your own. DISCLAIMER: I wrote the extension.

There is another similar Chrome extension on the Chrome Web Store called Random Quotes, but it's two years old and stopped working. However, unlike mine, it has a nice UI where you can paste in your quotes. So, I installed it, figured out what the problem was, fixed it, and submitted a patch to the author's Github account. If you install this one, and you know what you're doing, you can swap out the bsearch.js file with the one I submitted in the issue ticket I created on that author's Github account.

Hope this helps!

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hey @jmort253, does your extension include signatures / quotes in replies yet? – Walrus the Cat Sep 20 at 16:56
@WalrustheCat - No, it doesn't, because at the time it was just too much, and I did this in a little 8 hour mini-hackathon at 3am in my apartment. I did what would provide value as a minimum viable product in the time that I had available. I also didn't think it was possible to handle replies at the time in a manner that would be reliable, since Google doesn't actually load previous messages in the HTML page until after the user clicks the .... At this time, I don't have plans to tackle replies; however, it's open source. You're welcome to try it out. :) Hope this helps. – jmort253 Sep 21 at 8:55
thanks for the info. i see several forks. if no one has done it yet (let me know if you know anything) i just may give it a shot. – Walrus the Cat Sep 21 at 19:10
@WalrustheCat, I created an issue in the project repo, which describes the challenges and a possible solution to overcome it: Let's move the discussion there off of Webapps SE. Feel free to take a stab at it. I'm willing to help with any questions or challenges you might face. – jmort253 Sep 22 at 11:32

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