Mail rules with a bit of complexity

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  1. jasimon9 macrumors regular

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    My system administrator has convinced me to try OS X Mail rather than Outlook. I believe that Outlook, while having its warts as a mail client (due to its MS heritage), does have a great deal of power that is unappreciated by those who have not used it.

    In any case, I am running into some of those limitations. The rules capability appears far more powerful in Outlook.

    I need to implement the following rule:

    From contains A or B or C
    Subject contains D or E or F
    Message contents contains G or H

    Can this even be done? I am willing to have multiple rules to unwind the logic, but I am not convinced it will get the same result.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Am I missing something about your request? It seems so easy!

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  3. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Do you mean:

    From contains A or B or C
    AND
    Subject contains D or E or F
    AND
    Message contents contains G or H

    If so, then the above won't work and not sure how to do it.
     
  4. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Ok, I think I can do it.

    Firstly, add addresses A,B, and C to address book, then create a Group in address book (lets say I call it Bob)

    Now, we need to create 6 rules to do what you want.

    Rule 1
    If all of the following conditions are met:
    Sender is a member of Group Bob
    Subject Contains D
    Message Content contains G

    Rule 2
    If all of the following conditions are met:
    Sender is a member of Group Bob
    Subject Contains E
    Message Content contains G

    Rule 3
    If all of the following conditions are met:
    Sender is a member of Group Bob
    Subject Contains F
    Message Content contains G

    Rule 4
    If all of the following conditions are met:
    Sender is a member of Group Bob
    Subject Contains D
    Message Content contains H

    Rule 5
    If all of the following conditions are met:
    Sender is a member of Group Bob
    Subject Contains E
    Message Content contains H

    Rule 6
    If all of the following conditions are met:
    Sender is a member of Group Bob
    Subject Contains F
    Message Content contains H

    All six rules would obviously perform the same action.

    That wouldn't do what he wants
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    He didn't specify if the rules are inclusive or exclusive.
     
  6. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    I presumed that they were separated by AND's else the solution is kind of trivial.
     
  7. belvdr macrumors 603

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    I know, and that's why I asked to be clear. :)
     
  8. jasimon9 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, you are missing something. See response to belvdr.
     
  9. jasimon9 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, you have it exactly. I should have explicitly included the ANDs.
     
  10. jasimon9 thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is in fact what I have been doing -- taking a single rule and exploding it into many cases. It is a workaround that I am getting used to. On the other hand, the explosion of rules seems to be cumbersome, as I have a lot of rules, and many require this complexity.
     

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