For all of the minor modes that I use, I enable them globally. This may change in the future, as can anything, but for now I have no need to know which minor modes are enabled, because the answer is "All the ones I like." Diminish is a package that allows the replacement or omission of mode names in the mode line.
(use-package diminish :ensure t :pin melpa-stable :config ;; Diminish built-in modes we've already enabled. (diminish 'flyspell-mode) (diminish 'visual-line-mode) (diminish 'whitespace-mode))
Since we have not yet installed any new minor modes, we will diminish only those which are part of the base system. In future entries we will use
use-package to include packages in the list that Diminish affects.