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When I was small, you'd end your mail (usenet post) with your signature, which was separated from the body of the message with the sequence "-- \n".

And as a result, most (useful) mail clients would cut off the signature in response quotes. I found that so useful. My email conversations get so messy because everybody cites my signature on every response.

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I thought GMail did use and respect the sig separator by default? Certainly does on my Apps Gmail account, my sig is preceded by "-- " on it's own line, and other people's sigs that are marked up properly are grayed out. There's even a GMail labs app that talks about letting you remove the "-- " – GAThrawn Oct 4 '10 at 14:02
I know that gmail also displays the signature in a lighter color, so its odd that it doesn't remove it from replies. – Nathan Fellman Oct 5 '10 at 18:11

GMail does respect the sig separator when it encounters it. However GMail's own conversion from richtext to plaintext breaks the separator by stripping off the trailing space.

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