Integrating email and forum software

2010/03/07

Postie and wp-mailman

Filed under: Uncategorized — EnergyNumbers @ 10:20

So, Postie is looking very handy. It’s got POP3 and IMAP mail handling, as well as MIME attachments. My plugin will essentially be a merge of that with WP-Mailman, and some extra code.

My plugin creates an extra database table, to cross-reference BB post IDs with email message ids. That way, the plugin can track which message in response to which.

Postie seems to do this tracking of threads by using the email subject, which I’ll use as a backup plan. Primary line of attack is to process in-reply-to and references email headers for message ids that appear in the cross-reference table.

Postie also does nice filtering. It should be possible to automatically pick up the mailing-list footer via python, and add a postie-filter to strip out that footer.

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