I am subscribed to two or three sites.

I changed my mail system. And instead of seeing my emails from a webmail, I'm seeing it directly on my computer.

But it is very uncomfortable to see the emails in HTML format.

Can I change it so that the Stack Exchange emails I receive are in plain text?

1 Answer 1


Stack Exchange generally sends all emails in both HTML and plain text format. For example, here's a segment from a raw email that they recently sent me:

Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
Mime-Version: 1.0

1 new item in your Stack Exchange inbox
    # Your bounty on question "Hide Hot Questions?" expires in on=
e day.
    ### bounty expires in one day | Oct 27 at 0:00
Want instant inbox notifications on your phone? Download the Stack Exchange=
 mobile app for iOS or Android!    iOS: https://stackoverflow.com/redirect?=
    Android: https://stackoverflow.com/redirect?t=3D2&s=3D1&u=3D851
See all of your inbox items:https://stackexchange.com/users/851?tab=3Dinbox

Edit email settings: https://email.stackoverflow.com/subscriptions/manage?i=
Leave feedback: https://meta.stackoverflow.com
Privacy: https://stackoverflow.com/legal/privacy-policy
Stack Overflow, 110 William Street, 28th floor, New York, NY 10038 <3
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
Mime-Version: 1.0

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang=3D"en" xmlns=3D"http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:o=3D"urn:sch=
emas-microsoft-com:office:office" xmlns:v=3D"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml"=

You can see that it includes a simplified plain text version of the email before the HTML version.

There is no option to change the format Stack Exchange sends you, but your email client may have an option to display the plain text version instead.

  • You are right. My Emacs is not showing emails correctly. It shows only in html format. Thank you. Oct 27, 2018 at 23:12

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