VBS to send accept decline response via Outlook



  • So it's a huge pain in the arse to have to deal with people who accept a calendar event, but decline to send a response. Tracking becomes impossible, as they say "I accepted"

    When in fact what they mean is "I accepted but didn't tell you". So this turns into a back and forth between us and them to determine if they are actually attending the meeting.

    I read it's possible to send a response via VBS (even if they decline to send a response), so is this possible to enforce on a remote users system (customers) and not get them to pissy?

    I already know the answer, the question is rhetorical, but I have to ask.... because ... well don't ask, just try to answer the question.

    Thanks 😛



  • VBS, like Vacation Bible School? What is VBS in this case, VBScript?



  • Yes VBScript.



  • Can't you just set Outlook to auto accept?

    I'm guessing what you want is some VBScript that runs and when it detects that the user accepted a meeting that it will send a positive response to the requester?



  • Correct @Dashrender their IT departments could do this. I cannot.

    Which is why I was looking to bake in a VBScript into the calendar invites.



  • @DustinB3403 said:

    Correct @Dashrender their IT departments could do this. I cannot.

    Which is why I was looking to bake in a VBScript into the calendar invites.

    oh you want this for an outside company?

    Damn I think I would have to kill you if you sent my users VBScript via email to help you out. lol Of course I'm kidding about the whole killing thing.. but hopefully you get my point.



  • That's my dilemma, I really could care less about the accept / decline / none response in outlook.

    So long as they join the class, I don't really care. Do the line up afterwards, we have attendee tracking in the classroom. We don't need it on the calendar event in my opinion.



  • But I'm being asked how to fix other peoples stupid



  • @DustinB3403 said:

    But I'm being asked how to fix other peoples stupid

    That is easy. The answer is you cannot and it was a colossal waste of money on your company's part to even try.



  • That's what I said....

    And was told to think about way we could....

    ... . . . .... . . more incomprehensible stuff %$%^&() ^&() . . . .



  • @DustinB3403 said:

    Correct @Dashrender their IT departments could do this. I cannot.

    Which is why I was looking to bake in a VBScript into the calendar invites.

    That won't work. You can never control someone else's email. It is just fundamentally wrong thinking. If they decide to not respond, they are not going to respond.

    Put VBS into a lot of email will do nothing as well, VBScipt is not a language of email - there is no uniform email format that would process VBScript. None at all. JavaScript would be more likely and only when dealing with people viewing web pages AND letting it run.

    Conceptually you are being send on a wild goose chase.



  • @DustinB3403 said:

    That's what I said....

    And was told to think about way we could....

    Tell them that with a little thinking.... obviously this is impossible.



  • @DustinB3403 said:

    But I'm being asked how to fix other peoples stupid

    huh - Well I think the VBScript for outside companies is a horrible idea (and probably wouldn't work anyways, I'd be beyond surprised if anyone allowed VBScript to run in Outlook - and I doubt it would work at all for non Outlook users).

    I guess I'd make those sale people make calls confirming appointments. or sending out additional reminders until the attendees actually reply that they are attending.



  • Even if you could:

    • Get it to run in Outlook and
    • Get it past the other company's filters and
    • Not get your company blocked from sending them emails....

    Then you would still face...

    • OWA won't run VBScript
    • Most Outlook will not run VBScript
    • No non-MS system will run VBScript


  • @scottalanmiller said:

    Even if you could:

    • Get it to run in Outlook and
    • Get it past the other company's filters and
    • Not get your company blocked from sending them emails....

    Then you would still face...

    • OWA won't run VBScript
    • Most Outlook will not run VBScript
    • No non-MS system will run VBScript

    and brings us right back to

    @JaredBusch said:

    That is easy. The answer is you cannot and it was a colossal waste of money on your company's part to even try.


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