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Gmail's Forward command creates a bogus Date: field having the received date, rather than copy the real Date: field.

Incredible but true. So it can seriously misrepresent a delayed message.

Unlikely I know, but anyone know a remedy?

STEPS:

1 Select a delayed message (one that was received significantly later than sent due to e.g. transmission delay or resending)

2 Record the received date - the date showing in message list:

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and message:

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3 Record the sent date - the date shown on Print:

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and Show Original:

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4 Execute the Forward command (to create a new message containing the major headers and body of the above message).

Expected: Compose window containing Date: being the sent date.

Observed: Compose window containing Date: being received date:

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despite that this date is absent from the message being forwarded.

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  • Your question would benefit from additional detail. How are you confirming this behavior? Do you have an example/sample such as the headers from a forwarded email (gold standard) that you can show and point to the inconsistency?
    – Blindspots
    Commented Jul 28, 2022 at 5:33
  • I can't see what additional detail is needed, but for the benefit of anyone e.g. aware of these two distinct dates, I have added steps to reproduce. Thanks.
    – ChrisJJ
    Commented Jul 28, 2022 at 10:01
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    Provide orig. msg headers, not screenshots. Post the header text in blockquote. This is done using a button in the editor, or, precede and follow each header block with a line containing only 3 backquotes (```). Change strings for privacy (recommended) but please do not simply delete/omit content or re-use the same replacement string to mask original strings that are not also identical. You can do this quickly using find/replace in a text editor. Happy to look into this further with this info. How to retrieve headers: support.google.com/mail/answer/29436
    – Blindspots
    Commented Jul 28, 2022 at 16:27
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    In case it's not clear the headers from 2 messages. Msg #1 was referenced in your post at Step 3: ">> and Show Original" and Msg #2 as referenced in your post at Step 4: ">> Observed"
    – Blindspots
    Commented Jul 28, 2022 at 16:35
  • You've lost me there. But I did have a redundant screenshot fragment at end of Observed - now removed. Thanks.
    – ChrisJJ
    Commented Jul 28, 2022 at 20:40

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