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I'm trying to create a workflow in SPD 2010 whereby if someone responds / replies to a discussion board, it sends an email to the original creator of that thread.

I created a reusable workflow with content type message and set To: Current Item:Created By. But this doesn't work as it keeps sending the mail to the user who just responded rather than the thread creator

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  • Create a Workflow Local Variable, say "ThreadAuthorEmail"
  • Set up the Workflow variable like this:
    • Data Source: CurrentList
    • Field from source: CreatedBy
  • Return field as : E-mail address.
  • Field: ID Value: CurrentItem:Parentfolder ID.
  • Use the local variable in your e-mail address.

Thanks to Matīss Sīlis

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