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Referenced Forum Append Reply Routing by Monitored Filtering

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106115D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 4 page(s) / 129K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Currently, no method exists for a forum user to receive forum appended replies which directly relate to a selected topic. Also, no method exists for users to receive appends based upon various append attributes within current conferencing schemes. The term topic, within this invention, is described as the text within the subject line of the append. Examples of various attributes available for filtering are appender's userid and keywords found within an append's reference line or subject matter.

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Referenced Forum Append Reply Routing by Monitored Filtering

      Currently, no method exists for a forum user to receive forum
appended replies which directly relate to a selected topic.  Also, no
method exists for users to receive appends based upon various append
attributes within current conferencing schemes.  The term topic,
within this invention, is described as the text within the subject
line of the append.  Examples of various attributes available for
filtering are appender's userid and keywords found within an append's
reference line or subject matter.

      Conference disk appends have "Subject:" lines which are meant
to indicate the topic of conversation.  All replies to an append
carry this line by default.  The user creating the originating append
fills in the "Subject:" line according to preference.  This is the
append's topic of conversation.  Users may append a reply to either
the originating append or to another user's reply.  Each append in
the heirarchy contains the same original "Subject:"  line.  Also, all
replies carry a "Ref:"  line which indicates which append in the
topic of conversation is being referenced.  This line contains
userid, node, time and date information for the referenced append.
Using this information the entire reply history of an originating
append can be determined.

      Currently, conference forum functionality provides various
online tools which either allow perusal of each append in a single
forum or cause each append to be sent separately to a user's reader.
This invention goes beyond the sending of a file to a user's reader.
It allows a user to specify any one of a topic of conversation,
append userid(s) and keyword searches (performed on subject line,
reference line and/or append body matter).

      Using an Append Handler application on the user's system, the
user configures an Append Filter and submits it to the Append
Manager.  The Append Manager resides on the conferencing system
containing the forums of choice.  The Append Filter contains the
following:

     Filter Owner
     Filter Name
     Date and Time Range Expression
     Forum List Specification
     Appender Expression
     Subject Line Contents Expression
     Reference Line Contents Expression
     Append Body Contents Expression

      Submitted Append Filters are received by the Append Manager.
The Append Manager processes each field accordingly and sends the
user an acknowledgement giving the current sign-in status of the
Filter.  Append Filter status is either active or in-active depending
on the Date and Time Range Expression and the contents of the Forum
List.  When the Date and Time Range extends prior to the present, the
Append Manager searches previous appends for criteria satisfaction
within the range specified.

      The Filter Manager sets up a subscri...