How to post date an email to stay at the top of someones inbox

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Occasionally, I receive an email from someone that is marked as received about 6 hours ahead of the real time that it was received.  Due to that, it stays at the top of my inbox until the time catches up with it.  

I was wondering how people do that?

Thanks!
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When a user is using POP3 to send email they can also intentionally change the date stamp on the email by adjusting their computer date / time. This is the date stamp on the email.

When using IMAP / Exchange the above should not be possible.
Additionally if this is occurring continously the problem may be related to your email server. The mail could be date stamped in the headers correctly but delays in the email queue handling or other mail delivery problems could be delaying the email.

The original date stamp will remain regardless of WHEN you receive the email.
If you need instructions on simulating this let me know

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HI

I would really like to know how to do this.  I am using a pop3 email.  Is it as simple as just forward dating my computer, sending the email and then changing my clock back to the right time?

Thanks!
Yes go ahead and try this if you want. I would recommend creating a hotmail or gmail account for test purposes. You can then try and set your date say to 2 hours back and then send through an email to your test account

You can then set your clock back to the right time when you are done
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Hi

I did already try it with my outlook pop3 account.  It shows that the message was sent 5 hours from now at 10am but then when I received more emails it did not stay on top of the new emails that showed that they were sent at the correct time around 5:30 am.

Would it work better from the htomail or gmail account?

Thanks!
 
Hi Hadhazi,

Sorry for the delayed reply. Generally this may be a problem to duplicate, as some mail servers may also do their own date / time checking when you send the email out.

In order to ensure that this works you will need access to the Mail server (MTA) which is sending the email out (Probably the SMTP) - You need to change your mail server's time, mails are timestampted according to your mail server, mail header will be mail server's time, IP etc...

What is your current outgoing mail server?
Note that some spam filters will mark a message as more likely to be spam if the time is in the future...
Playing with date stamps is dangerous.  Why not use tags on the e-mail such as flags or importance and sort the list in those orders.  You can also use searches from O2003 upwards which will give you the same result.
I think he is trying to back date the email not send in the future.
The problem is that the mail server will also check / add date stamps which provide a level of authentication.

I would recommend trying various SMTP mail servers Hadhazi

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Hi

Actually, I am trying to forward date the email so that the email "Stays on top" in the inbox of the recipient until they delete it or the time eventually catches up with it.  Currently, my outgoing email is smtpout.secureserver.net (godaddy) and so I doubt I can get server access.  Can you reccomend a server that I could lease to accomplish that?

Thanks!

Steve

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