I use Gnus to read my mail within the Emacs text editor. One of the advantages of using a mail client that's infinitely programmable is that you can add all sorts of little tweaks to it. Gnus can be integrated with Emacs' Big Brother Database (BBDB), a semi-structured text database in which I store all sorts of weird notes. This little hack takes the nick field of the database and automatically inserts a greeting. If someone signs himself as Mikong, I should call him that instead of Joseph Michael. Similarly, I sign my messages as Sacha, not Sandra Jean. This little tidbit makes it easier to remember to call people by their nicknames.
(defun sacha/gnus-add-nick-to-message () "Inserts \"Hello, NICK!\" in messages based on the recipient's nick field." (interactive) (save-excursion (let ((bbdb-get-addresses-headers (list (assoc 'recipients bbdb-get-addresses-headers))) nicks) (setq nicks (delq nil (mapcar (lambda (rec) (bbdb-record-getprop rec 'nick)) (bbdb-update-records (bbdb-get-addresses nil gnus-ignored-from-addresses 'gnus-fetch-field) nil nil)))) (goto-char (point-min)) (when (and nicks (re-search-forward "--text follows this line--" nil t)) (forward-line 1) (insert "Hello, " (mapconcat 'identity nicks ", ") "!\n\n"))))) (defadvice gnus-post-news (after sacha activate) (sacha/gnus-add-nick-to-message))
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