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What's the difference exactly?
Redirecting (bouncing) means: passing on a received message that was intended for someone else, allowing that person to reply directly to the original sender.
The original mailredirect extension will only do a RFC 2822 compatible redirect that leaves all original message headers (e.g. To, From, Date) intact, and adds new headers (Resent-To, -From, -Date) with your personal information.
Eudora has known a redirect function for many years. This is a more visible redirect: it changes the To and Date headers, and adds your name and email to the From header (e.g.: 'by way of John Doe <email@example.com>').
While this behaviour isn't strictly RFC compliant, I hope this plugin is of use to Eudora users who think of switching to Thunderbird but are quite attached to this functionality.
Is that all?
No, it isn't. I also added a feature that lets you add a 'Sender:' header with your name/email while leaving the 'From:' header intact, instead of adding the 'by way of' phrase. People will see your name and email in most email clients, but will reply to the original sender.
Why a separate extension?
The developer of mailredirect, Pawel Krzesniak, wants to keep his extension RFC compliant. I respect that. mailredirect is available under the GPL, though, and I think a lot of people are looking for this kind of functionality. That's why I released it separately. Now that's open source software for you. mailredirectalternative will try to keep track of major changes and enhancements in mailredirect, though.
How can I contribute / contact you?
- HELP ME OUT: I'm currently looking for translations for the newly added options to make them work across all locales currently implemented in mailredirect (that is, en-US, de-DE, de-AT, fr-FR, it-IT, sv-SE, cs-CZ, es-ES, es-AR and nl-NL).
- HELP ME OUT (2): This extension has not been extensively tested on Thunderbird version other than 1.0 and 1.5. If you run SeaMonkey, Thunderbird 2 Beta, Thunderbird 0.00001, or if you use a very exotic locale, please email me your experiences.
- If you want to keep track of extension development or have something you want to tell the world, you can be the first to join the mailing list for this project. Alternatively, you can leave your comment here.
- If you want to contact me personally, whether to thank me, insult me, or send me so much money I'll never have to work again, you can find my email address here.