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Automatic Message Return upon Detection of Incoming Mail from Recipient

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110987D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article enables a user to automatically retract a message (electronic mail, phone mail, etc.) after it is sent, if the recipient is also currently sending a message to the sending user.

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Automatic Message Return upon Detection of Incoming Mail from Recipient

      This article enables a user to automatically retract a message
(electronic mail, phone mail, etc.) after it is sent, if the
recipient is also currently sending a message to the sending user.

      Frequently two users happen to be in the process of sending
each other messages at the same time, either via E-Mail or by phone.
Many times one or both messages would have been quite different, or
even completely unnecessary, if one user knew that the other one was
currently sending a message.  A method is needed for eliminating this
problem.

      For example, Joe's manager, Sue, has been reminding Joe all
week that she needs his status report by Friday at 5:00 P.M., and Joe
thinks Sue is pressuring him too much for it.  It is now 4:55 P.M.
on Friday, and Joe is currently typing his status memo to Sue.  Sue
is afraid that Joe has forgotten, so she sends him another reminder.
When Joe reads Sue's reminder, he is disappointed that Sue lacked
confidence in him, especially because he was actually in the process
of accommodating her request.  A method is needed to provide a user
with processing options whenever two users are sending messages to
each other at approximately the same time.

      The present article allows Sue to send her message with an
auto-retract option.  Before actually delivering the message to Joe,
the system checks the activity on Joe's workstation for any
indicat...