We are using Outlook 2007 at work, and a booking administrator would like to schedule appointments and meetings for staff without the staff having to Accept/Decline the bookings. (Ie, the staff don't want to see all the appointment receipts, and they trust the booking administrator to schedule the appointments so they don't conflict with other appointments.) Is there a good way to accomplish this?
Yeah, it's pretty easy. :-)
That links back to a Microsoft article that talks about how to do it. It's one of those things that's hidden away in the ribbon.
Optional vs. required doesn't work the same, as far as I know. You also run the risk of confusing attendees on whether or not they should attend.
If you're looking to help out the person recieving the request, here's your link. http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/calendar/autoaccept-a-meeting-request-using-rules/
You can make them optional attendees. In this case, I think, they may not receive the invite. Try it with a friend first and see what happens.