These spams selfishly take undeserved, non-consensual prominence in our email boxes by showing up as bold icons (in some browsers, colored icons, and in extreme cases, animated icons). In reality, these glaring warts of visual noise are nothing but technicolor spam cockroaches.
Initially it was just viagra/SEO spam clowns sending those types of emails, which went straight into our spam folders and out of our sight. But now the big companies are getting in on the action, and using it on emails that we need to keep in our Inbox.
Google offers no way to eliminate these cockroaches, so here is a Greasemonkey/Tampermonkey/Violentmonkey script to do it.
It's the "Gmail Subject Line Emoji Roach Motel": emojis check in, but they don't check out!
First, you have to download one of those monkey extensions in your web browser, by going to your browser's "Add-Ons" or "Extensions" screen and searching for the name of the extension and installing it. Scripts for those monkey extensions can give you all kinds of cool features.
Then, you load this script into that extension by simply clicking this link:
The script will only run when you visit
mail.google.com and of course you can always turn off the script in the menu for your monkey extension. When you first install the script, you will need to reload gmail or open a new gmail tab to see the effect.
This script should not slow down your gmail experience at all.
This script should only eliminate cockroaches in the subject line of emails in gmail's main screen (the screen where you see many different emails listed for one "mailbox"/label/folder), not the gmail screen showing one particular email with its subject and body.
This script should exterminate cockroaches in both the email title and the short snippet of the email body that appears on the same line.
There are two general types of emoji cockroaches that this script exterminates:
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