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I am unsure of Thomer's notability. ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 20:23, 19 August 2005 (UTC)Reply

Google returns a few dozens of other pages which quote it, mostly by people who found this quote to be cool and use it as their signature etc. - and all are either unsourced or sourced to this Thomer/"vi lovers" website - so it's probably the original. Even if the author wasn't notable, the quote itself is very "notable" :) I don't think that in this case we're setting a precedent that might lead to unintended side-effects, because the "vi lovers" website seems to be popular (3rd on google when searching for "vi"), and this particular quote is perhaps a reason for its popularity. But in general we might want to have a more clear policy regarding notable authors vs notable quotes, and anonymous authors. Anyway, in this case I see no reason not to be liberal and keep this quote. Personally I'd be liberal in this regard in scenarios that are less clear than this one. iddo999 14:08, 21 August 2005 (UTC)Reply

The joke about putting a text editor in Emacs isn't completely a joke any more: sophisticated modes like Org and nXhtml might, or might not, decide to offer the user the possibility of editing something close to plain text (in the appropriate places within a structured document).


  • A novice of the temple once approached the Chief Priest with a question. "Master, does Emacs have the Buddha nature?" the novice asked. The Chief Priest had been in the temple for many years and could be relied upon to know these things. He thought for several minutes before replying. "I don't see why not. It's got bloody well everything else." With that, the Chief Priest went to lunch. The novice suddenly achieved enlightenment, several years later.
    • Bill Sommerfeld on the mailing list
  • The purpose of a windowing system is to put some amusing fluff around your one almighty emacs window.
    • Mark on
  • Don't get me wrong: Emacs is a great operating system – it lacks a good editor, though.
    • Thomer M. Gil
    • Variation: Emacs is a nice operating system, but what it lacks, in order to compete with Linux, is a good text editor.
  • Emacs is an acronym for Eight Megabytes And Constantly Swapping.
  • Emacs is an acronym for Escape Meta Alt Control Shift.
  • Emacs is an acronym for "Editor for Middle-Aged Computer Scientists".