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How to convert Outlook conversation view to forum posts

by mrjmh / April 5, 2012 8:27 PM PDT


I'm wondering if anyone knows of any software that can export a discussion from Outlook into a threaded forum post. I realize this probably requires some type of forum host application running somewhere, perhaps SharePoint, but maybe not. There might be a way to export, for example, an Outlook "conversation" (from conversation view) to an xml file describing how the individual messages are related, for example.

Any ideas appreciated.

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There is always
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 6, 2012 12:44 AM PDT

There is always some programmer that could craft an app to do such things. But what I find interesting is that many think that all such things are written. Many are but this one I didn't find. The main reason is that the market for such seems small.

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by mrjmh / April 6, 2012 2:24 AM PDT
In reply to: There is always

Thanks for the reply.

Yes, the market is probably small. In our case, however, it would be very useful, and probably in other similar cases too. We do software development and a lot of discussion happens on email, sometimes inadvertently. Someone might pose a question on email to a select few, and this results in reply-all ping pong. In the end, there is sometimes a very useful discussion with lots of nuance etc., and we often realize it would benefit the full team if they had been on the To/Cc list from the start. By then it is too late, so the next best thing would be to publish the whole discussion on a wiki or forum. At that point, it would be useful to do so in a way that preserves the who-replied-to-what chain.

I also was not able to find anything that does that. The market probably is small, but I'm still surprised not to have found something given how useful it would be in the above case (which is probably quite common in product/software development teams). Forum software allows people to subscribe to receive digests and individual posts as email. Something going the other direction seems like a natural fit.


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You made a good case for
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 6, 2012 2:44 AM PDT
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And with that you made a good case for not using email client software for such discussions.

Sorry that I don't have a shrink wrapped or app for that. I know at the office (we are programmers and more) there could be such an app or script generated but as it's only going to work with this or that email client and this or that wiki or forum, such a thing screams "custom", "one off" and "expensive."

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