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My company uses Microsoft Outlook for mail and most of the users are on windows using Outlook. I use linux (yay!) and so can't use Outlook (damn!).

I am using Thunderbird to access the mail via IMAP and so I am not getting the voting buttons that my colleagues are sending for various stuff. Is there any way I can read the voting options sent and spoof a response by sending a manually written message, in a particular syntax may be? That'd be great.


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If your company is using Exchange, why don't you use Outlook Web App/Access? – paradroid Apr 11 '11 at 9:07
I don't see the voting buttons even in the OWA-light, if that's what you meant. – Shrikant Sharat Apr 11 '11 at 9:18
Oh, okay. I am not even sure if it is in the full version of OWA, as I have never used the voting feature. OWA is still much better than having to resort to using IMAP, however. If you could sort out a terminal server user account, you could always use Outlook through RDP. – paradroid Apr 11 '11 at 9:34
@paradroid, yes that is a solution, but neither is it feasible in my case nor is it as comfortable as a local mail client :) – Shrikant Sharat Apr 11 '11 at 10:29

I found there is a format. Just change the header of the response for your option.

For example

Would you come to the meeting?

You reply to that voting email with Yes: Would you come to the meeting? beside Re: Would you come to the meeting?.

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Thanks for insight. I am not using tbird currently (have moved on to using gmail as a POP client), but will check this out when I can. Good to know. – Shrikant Sharat Aug 19 '11 at 12:55
Be aware that the sender can adjust the default text (e.g. Yes) to other options. For example if someone sent out a request for who ordered a lunch from a given vendor the vote response text may have been changed to "Ordered Lunch" and instead of the reply being "Yes: ..." it would be "Ordered Lunch: ...". If you poke around after MIME/Base64 decoding in the message you can find what the text is. – Dan Jun 24 '14 at 18:20

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