I was checking Replyz (for those not familiar with Replyz, it’s web app that finds questions on Twitter) last night looking for questions about Microsoft Outlook and stumbled across this one from a tweeter named Nibby Priest.
I’m not sure this is really a good idea, especially in a business setting, but it is possible. It would be nice if you could do this with a rule, but rules don’t have the ability to get a count of the messages already in your inbox. For that we need a script. There’s not much to the script. It’s triggered each time items are delivered to your inbox. The first thing it does is check to see if you’re inbox is over some predefined threshold. In keeping with Nibby Priest’s tweet I’ve set the threshold to 100 messages, but you can change it to any value you want. If your inbox is over the threshold, then the script creates and sends a message back to the sender telling them that you are too busy and to please try again later. You can configure the subject and body of the message to anything you want.