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    OE messing with date/time for messages (6.00.2800.

    Sometimes when I reply to or forward a message in Outlook Express, the original message date has been replaced with the current date and time. I just discovered that the problem is deeper than that in that right-clicking on some messages and selecting properties also can show the wrong date and time for the original message.

    See attached word document for an example showing two messages I sent 7 minutes apart. The more recent one exhibits the problem but the later one does not. I have not detected a pattern yet, except that the problem only seems to occur on the more recent messages in a given folder. The number that will be wrong is unpredictable -- sometimes one, as in the attached example, sometimes more than one..

    This is a serious problem because I lose the integrity of the date of the orginal message -- sometimes. But I can't predict when it will be right or wrong.

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    Re: OE messing with date/time for messages (6.00.2

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 27-Aug-04 16:35. Sorry... didn't read carefully.)</P>Actually, your problem is very different from what I thought you were comparing. Maybe your mailbox is becoming corrupted somehow??

    <img src=/w3timages/blackline.gif width=33% height=2><img src=/w3timages/blackline.gif width=33% height=2>

    You are comparing two different things that normally are only different by a small amount. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    The received time displayed in your Inbox is calculated using information provided by your mail server (it is not the time you downloaded it), usually a UTC time plus an time zone offset reported by the mail server.

    The sent time displayed in a message's header is calculated using information provided by the sender, usually a UTC time plus a time zone offset supplied by the sender's computer.

    Unless you think something nefarious is going on, I would just chalk this up to the way e-mail works and hope that it gets better during the part of the year when you and your correspondents are on "standard" time.

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    Re: OE messing with date/time for messages (6.00.2

    Your second assessment is correct -- the problem has nothing to do with the difference between the send and receive times, but with the fact that OE appears to be changing the received date on reply or forward.

    I did some further investigation after reading your message and discovered something very interesting. The messages for which OE appears to be changing the receive time *do not have* a date header record. Further, all were sent by another application, via OE, so it appears there are two problems:

    1) The other application is creating badly formed email messages by not including a date header.

    2) OE is not checking for this condition and allows the email to be sent without a date header.

    I had a colleague who uses the same application but uses Outlook instead of OE and her sent messages *do* contain a date record. My assumption for the moment is that Outlook detects and corrects the missing date record problem but OE does not.

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