OT: Out of office auto-reply advice

Michael H. Warfield mhw at WittsEnd.com
Sat Mar 21 16:38:53 GMT 2009

On Sat, 2009-03-21 at 10:25 +0000, Paul Hutchings wrote:
> I don't think any Outlook rule will help as, AFAIK, there simply isn't
> an option with Out Of Office to specify who/what it replies to, though I
> believe it will respect certain flags such as bulk/list/junk precedence
> and not reply.

> If you enable rules to send to the internet (on the Exchange server) you
> can be a bit more granular, but you have to be careful with rules
> because you can get mail loops and the likes because they aren't "smart"
> enough to only reply once.

	That's part of what Precedence is used for.  It's actually written up
in a BCP (Best Common Practice) somewhere.

	* Never reply to a message with precedence less that 0 (they have
numerical values although most systems use string matches).

	* Autoreplies must set a precedence less that 0 (typically Precedence:
bulk).  AFAIK, Exchange does this.

	* Never reply to a DSN.

	* Never reply to a reply (which is actually redundant if the first two
rules are applied properly).

	I think there were a few more.  I don't have the BCP handy.

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