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Vim for editing config files Sweet, snappy and versatile. Leafpad to remove formatting from text copied from web pages. Light and simple. Scite for writing scripts. Lightweight and does all I need. I use vim the most so it gets the vote.
Distribution: Debian Wheezy/Jessie/Sid, Linux Mint DE
I have been a die-hard joe user for about 10 years (because my first CLI editor on the PC was Turbo Pascal 3.0). But everytime I had to login to a new machine or a machine not owned by me I had the problem joe was not installed.
But, many, hundreds, zillions of people use vi/vim, why not me? So one day I downloaded a vi cheat sheet, edited my first text file with vi, and never started joe again.
Even if you are 52 years of age you can learn to use vi and even enjoy it. My vote goes to vim.
Gedit, if only for it's (mostly) great plugin system. Although I do use nano and Mousepad for simple stuff, am learning vim (I can actually type text now!), and Geany and Kate are good too. I guess it just boils down to what you need. But for coding, whether it be CSS, python, or what have you, Gedit is what I use the most. I probably only use Firefox more, although they are both are always open I just wish it had code folding...