I’m running Windows 7. Last week, I sent an email to my congressman via his
website. I never made a copy of it. Anyway, his office responded with a generic
answer that referred to the subject and not the real question. I can’t remember
how my email was worded and I was wondering if there was any way to retrieve it,
even though it was sent directly to his site. Thanks.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #51, I look at the way that forms on websites send messages to
the website managers. It’s not the same as email.
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Filling out a form
What’s important here to realize is that, in a sense, you didn’t really send
What you did was: you went to a website and you filled out a form (much
like you entered your question to me) and that form then somehow made its way
to the congressman or probably to one of the congressman’s aides.
There is no email
Just like in my case when you fill out a form with your question, there’s
actually no email involved.
The message is stored in a database and it’s that database that I’m looking
at right now, for example, as I respond to the question.
Message stored on the website
So, in that sense, there is no email and there is nothing to get back. The
message has been stored in a database somewhere.
If you didn’t keep a copy of it yourself before hitting Submit, I don’t know
a way of retrieving a copy for you. It’s just like I said:
It’s not email;
There isn’t really a concept of a “sent mail folder” when you’re filling out
forms on a web page.
And that’s all that this really was.
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