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Quick-Tip: Inbox for Mail-In Databases

From the Inbox! While working on a mail-in enabled Project/Task Application (Lotus Notes-based), I had a need to collect and display all inbound email messages into a single location to facilitate manual filing/categorization. My first thought was to use an "After new mail arrives"-type Agent Design Element, but while I was in the shower this morning (where I do some of my best thinking), I thought about how Domino handles normal inbound email.

What makes Domino email go into the Inbox? There's no sniffer Agent Design Element waiting to do the legwork, so...

I (after getting out of the shower, of course) created a Folder Design Element named Inbound Email, and added "($Inbox)" as it's alias.

So, like $$ViewTemplates, $$NavigatorTemplates, $$SearchTemplates, $$Returnenter_type_here, the name/alias of ($Inbox) has a function based on the designation: a Folder Design Element with the name/alias of ($Inbox) will receive and store inbound email messages.

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