Format quotes in plain text e-mail correctly

Fedora (@mattdm) is getting ready to move from Mailman to Discourse. So, I’m trying out how it fairs when interacting with it from the comfort of my mail client.

Currently quotes use tags [quote] and [/quote] when a reply contains a quote. This should be formatted according to RFC3676, The Text/Plain Format and DelSp Parameters (

For a more elaborate example please take a look at Quoting in e-mail notifications does not comply with e-mail standards - Fedora Discussion

Should linking be a bad idea, please let me know, and I’ll copy my post from Fedora Discussion over here.


One more thing: the footer is formatted like this:

[Visit Topic]( or reply to this email
to respond.

To unsubscribe from these emails, [click

This extraneous markup should be dropped in text mode. (Minimally, just dropping the parenthesis would be a good step. “Visit Topic https://some.url/asdf to respond” is quite readable.)

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Is there a possible workaround for this? Some setting somewhere?

That’s exactly what I was afraid would happen. Half a year down the road and no response whatsoever from anybody from Discourse.

I’m afraid this will not be solved / implemented anytime soon. My conclusion: e-mail integration is a half baked courtesy. It will never be a first class citizen. And thus Discourse is not suitable as a replacement for mailing lists.