Generating a To: mailing list based on Voting Response
Posted on 2004-03-25
I sometimes need to send out a message from Outlook to other staff members with the 'Use Voting Buttons' option enabled (e.g. Yes; No) for them to reply. That should allow me to create two mailing lists for subsequent messages based on their response. - this seems a totally natural and predictable thing to want to do but Outlook 2002 doesn't seem to offer this facility.
Outlook provides the means to track and display the voting responses but no way of filtering the incoming messages into separate Yes/No folders, nor any obvious way of producing a To: list for replies in either Response category. I find I have to construct the two reply lists manually (and that's so-o-o last century !)
I reckon that I could probably figure out a way of creating a list of all users in a single folder (with some difficulty) but I'd still have to manually separate the responses. The Rules Wizard helpfully offers filters on Subject and on Message Header but although the Response strings appear in the displayed message header as a prefix to the displayed subject string, the Response strings are obstinately NOT detected by the filter mechanisms for either of those fields.
Can anyone offer a method (non-VBA preferred but not essential) of generating a To: list of those users that responded using a particular Voting Button?
[Don't feel restricted by my proposed breakdown of the problem into 'Rules Wizard filtering' followed by some 'Reply to all users in the filtered folder' approach - the points are there for a total solution but could be split if a two-step solution cracks it]