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Can I respond to a question via email?

asked 2011-02-17 20:13:06 -0500

mwise gravatar image

updated 2011-02-18 14:23:37 -0500

Evgeny gravatar image

Is there a setting that would allow users to respond to a question via email without going to the askbot site?

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Not supported today. This is fraught with perils. Unless users are disciplined, you might end up with a bunch of "answers" which are really comments and it starts looking like an email thread :)
Benoit gravatar image Benoit  ( 2011-02-17 21:16:27 -0500 )edit

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answered 2011-02-18 08:26:57 -0500

Steven Bellens gravatar image

I would greatly appreciate such a feature. I'm following a lot of mailing lists and have the habit of just diagonally scanning through them all. Going to is a hurdle I'd rather not take while doing so. I already configured the askbot to send me all mails, but the format is far from nice. Don't take this as an assault for the askbot system(I do see the benefits it brings), but rather as an extra feature request.

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Format of emails can be better, I agree with that.
Evgeny gravatar image Evgeny  ( 2011-02-18 13:28:54 -0500 )edit

answered 2011-02-18 13:27:57 -0500

Evgeny gravatar image

updated 2011-04-09 18:52:24 -0500

Thanks to a benevolent sponsor, we have a feature "ask by email" still experimental, and not yet active here, will add documentation on this soon.

Respond by email - is it a good idea? - the problem is a high potential for duplicate answers. What do you think?

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Email notification are ok since you are in control over the email format . Email reply integration can get messy since email formating is pretty loose. Maybe a plugin for various email clients can be created to post an answer or a commend based on email notifications...
Adi Roiban gravatar image Adi Roiban  ( 2011-04-10 18:06:06 -0500 )edit
I, for one, would love to see a "Respond by e-mail" feature. If duplicate answers are a concern, then perhaps you could consider adding a toggle for the feature in the admin interface. I would be much more concerned about duplicate questions with the "Ask by e-mail" feature...
ZakGottlieb gravatar image ZakGottlieb  ( 2011-04-12 01:17:30 -0500 )edit

Is there an update to this. I am also looking for "Respond by email" feature.

mayuresh gravatar image mayuresh  ( 2014-02-05 19:52:08 -0500 )edit

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