Is there a nickname that Emacs users use to refer to themselves or other users that heavily use Emacs and/or are proficient in Emacs? For example, Python programmers can be called "Pythonistas", which I take to be a respectful term which carries along with it the implication that the person is relatively proficient in Python. Is there an equivalent for Emacs? I have heard "Emacser" , but only once I think.

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I have seen "Emacser" used a few times, but other than that I think it's "emacs users".

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    agree only with "emacs users" Commented Sep 1, 2016 at 15:24
  • I tend to use Emacser: it's short and easily pronounceable. Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 2:22
  • We get enough flak for being weird on account of the software we use. Having a special name for ourselves because we use it isn't going to reduce that. "Emacs user" and its plural seem fine. Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 18:16

You shall use Emacsite if you are a real believer!

RMS's opinion

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    Thank you so much for this! There is so much I love about this. I would accept this as the correct answer, but even considering its origin, I don't believe there is any one right answer. This is my favorite however, and what I will call myself.
    – elethan
    Commented Oct 16, 2016 at 21:32
  • @elethan: Thank you for your kind feedback and, yes, we can become the slaves of our beliefs ;-) Commented Oct 17, 2016 at 5:41

Emacsian(s) is what I use. By the way, the plural of Emacs is Emacsen.

  • Thanks! I hadn't heard that one before! I do know Emacsen, but I have never needed to use it because for me there is only one true Emacs - no need for plural, haha ;)
    – elethan
    Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 11:24

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