What is @SaneReminders (formerly @SaneRemindMe) and how does it work?
posted this on February 07, 2013 15:51
SaneReminders notifies you when an email you sent wasn't responded to by a certain time. It's also an easy way to send a reminder to your future self.
There are 2 different use cases for it:
You want to make sure an email you send is replied to by a certain time. Say you want to follow up on a lead in a week, but only if you don't hear back (this is how most people use it)
You want to defer processing an email or send your future self a reminder (i.e. put back into your Inbox by a certain time).
How to set follow up reminders
Put a reminder email address (e.g. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org etc - more on the options below) in the Cc: or Bcc: field. SaneBox will track this email and put it back into the top of your Inbox at the time indicated, unless the email has been replied to.
If you want the reminder regardless of whether or not you got a reply, add the word "keep" to the address (e.g. email@example.com etc)
Send an email To: firstname.lastname@example.org and BCC: Monday.email@example.com, and if the milk man doesn't reply by Monday at 10am, we will put that email back into your Inbox, so you can resend it and make sure you get your milk. You can then simply click "reply" and remove the SaneReminders stuff at the top of the email. The milk man will feel horrible about missing the delivery.
How to defer processing an email or send a reminder to your future self
If you want to send yourself a reminder or defer processing an email, put the reminder email address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org etc) in the To: field.
Send an email To:Feb14.email@example.com with the following subject: "Buy flowers for my beautiful wife". And your Valentine's Day will be a success.
If an email in your Inbox isn't actionable for 2 more weeks, Forward it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. It will pop back in your Inbox then.
Pretty much anything you can think of will work for a SaneReminder address.
1. Minutes, hours, days, weeks, months from now: <quantity><time frame>@sanebox.com
m = minutes h = hours d = days w = weeks mo = months y = years
4. Time of day: <hour><am or pm>@sanebox.com or <hour>.<minute><am or pm>@sanebox.com
Receive a reminder at particular time in the next 24 hours -- if you send to email@example.com at 10pm then you'll be reminded tomorrow at 5pm; if you send to firstname.lastname@example.org then you'll get one in 30 minutes. SaneBox does support a 24 hour clock. email@example.com is the same to us as 11.30pm@SaneBox.com. (Yes, we are respectful of people outside the USA).
Your email is never stored on our server, but this feature requires that when the alarm goes off, we download it to our server long enough to resend it to you.
The time of day defaults to the current wall-clock time unless you specify otherwise. If you say Monday, you'll get a followup at this time on the next Monday. There is one exception -- firstname.lastname@example.org sends you a message on Monday at 2am.
All times are in your default timezone. Make sure this is set correctly in your Settings in the section labeled Your Account.
We try to send the reminder as close to the correct time as possible, but we may be off by a few minutes.
If you want to have the reminders added to your Calendar automatically read this
We also understand first, second, third, fourth, fifth
The @SaneReminders folder
After you create your first reminder, we will create a new folder called @SaneReminders. This will hold a copy of the emails that you have requested a reminder for. Please don't delete these emails. If you do, we will only be able to send you a generic reminder instead of resending the actual email back to your Inbox. Like all Sane folders, you are welcome to rename @SaneReminders to be anything you want.