I have a content type called Help Wanted. I have another content type called Reply to Help Wanted. The reply content type includes an entity reference field that contains a node reference to the original help wanted ad being replied to.

I am trying to use Rules to send an e-mail when a reply is posted to the author of the original Help Wanted post.

However, I don't know what to put in the To field of the Send mail action. I tried the following:


But this token didn't work. I also tried several other variations to no effect. Is it possible to use tokens to get the author's e-mail of a node linked by entity reference? If not, how do I get the author's e-mail via the entity reference?

  • Hey Patrick, the above worked for me perfectly just now in a quick test. However, I used the 'direct input mode' rather than the tokens to select all the fields. Have you tried that? Apr 29, 2013 at 16:59
  • PHP filter module could be an option
    – Aboodred1
    Apr 29, 2013 at 17:09
  • I'm so glad it worked! I did add it... Apr 29, 2013 at 17:22

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Here's how I got mine to work:

  1. Switch to 'Data selection mode' which is not how the mail action launches by default: enter image description here
  2. Select through the field sequence just like you already had with tokens! enter image description here

I noticed that the tokens are otherwise not available if you just use the direct input mode. Weird!

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