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It's just quite a nuisance when you send out an email with only one or two to addresses and a whole bunch of cc/bcc addresses just because they were previously part of the email chain and you then get spammed with half a dozen out-of-office replies from people that are in no way relevant to the conversation.

Obviously I care about out-of-office replies from the people in the to field, but as far as I'm concerned, I'd rather not receive the ones from people in the cc list. Unfortunately I can't do much about them sending them, so I'm hoping to find some way of filtering them instead. If I can't find a way of doing this on Gmail, I might have to try to do this at a mail server level and route all my mail through a server I control.

Is there any way this can be filtered out in Gmail? Is there an alternative I could use where this could be done?

  • Gmail filters aren't that complex. Certainly a filter can't act on an incoming message based on information in the message that prompted the reply; only on the information in the incoming message. – ale Oct 2 '14 at 11:22
  • That's pretty much why I'm asking the question; it's certainly not straight forward. On the other hand, pretty much every out-of-office response I've seen does contain all the information of the original message and therefore also technically all the required information - though not in a convenient format I'll grant you. I also don't see how I could make a Gmail filter work for this, but I'm hoping there are alternatives. – Thor84no Oct 2 '14 at 13:03

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