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User Attribute Reply Filtration Within a Distributed Data Processing System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107391D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 83K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Often within an electronic mail system, a user distributes information to a plurality of users. The originator of the distribution is not always privy to the exact entity of the recipient due to distribution lists, nicknames, auto-forwarding, etc. An original distribution can cause a plurality of recipients to respond to the distribution. The originator may be receiving numerous responses from individuals who the originator does not know or does not care to know. Currently, distribution systems assume that the originator would like to receive a response to a given distribution even though the originator did not know who were the final recipients.

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User Attribute Reply Filtration Within a Distributed Data Processing System

       Often within an electronic mail system, a user
distributes information to a plurality of users. The originator of
the distribution is not always privy to the exact entity of the
recipient due to distribution lists, nicknames, auto-forwarding, etc.
An original distribution can cause a plurality of recipients to
respond to the distribution. The originator may be receiving numerous
responses from individuals who the originator does not know or does
not care to know.  Currently, distribution systems assume that the
originator would like to receive a response to a given distribution
even though the originator did not know who were the final
recipients. The ability to control who can send a reply to a given
distribution is of particular importance to originators who wish to
control the amount of responses from non-essential or non-important
personnel. A mechanism is needed to allow the originator to receive
replies from the appropriate recipients even though the originator
does not know implicitly or explicitly who are the recipients.

      This article describes a method that prevents unnecessary
replies from being generated to the originator. The creation of a
User Attribute Reply Object (UARO) permits originators to state the
classification of a user who can reply to a distribution. A service
can be provided at the originating user's node which can assign the
attributes which are necessary for a user to respond to a given
distribution. The UARO contains the classifications of users as
defined by the distribution service. For example, some users may be
classified as Managers, some as Employees, some as Contractors. If an
originator only wished Managers to reply to the message, the
classification of Managers is carried by the UARO along with the
original distribution. Security classifications and other attributes
of the user are carried by the UARO. For example, an originator may
only want replies from people who are of a High Security
classif...