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Saving E-mail Documents/Discussion Trends

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123765D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Breslau, FC: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is the ability to save storage space when saving e-mail documents, and the use of a graph to show discussion threads on a particular e-mail subject. E-mail is often sent in Reply w/History mode so the reader can see the complete discussion and understand the context of a reply. This is wasteful in that multiple copies of discussion threads are present and waste space both on the server and the client if the mail repository is replicated. Also, if multiple people are replying there can be multiple threads on the same subject, and it can be very confusing as to how the thread is moving and how trees of the thread are evolving.

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Saving E-mail Documents/Discussion Trends

   Disclosed is the ability to save storage space when saving
e-mail documents, and the use of a graph to show discussion threads
on a particular e-mail subject.  E-mail is often sent in Reply
w/History mode so the reader can see the complete discussion and
understand the context of a reply.  This is wasteful in that
multiple copies of discussion threads are present and waste space
both on the server and the client if the mail repository is
replicated.  Also, if multiple people are replying there can be
multiple threads on the same subject, and it can be very confusing
as to how the thread is moving and how trees of the thread are
evolving.

   A check should be made of any discussion with multiple
e-mail messages in a particular folder like those used in Lotus
Notes.  If a match is found, the redundant part should be
"doclinked" to the original and then deleted.  At the same time, an
entry is made on a graph which shows how this latest e-mail relates
to the complete discussion.  This could be applied to multiple users
of a "chat room" or a discussion group so the storage saving is even
more dramatic.

   Furthermore, if an e-mail is received on the same topic but
not linked to a previous discussion, a dotted line (vs. a solid
line) can be added to the graph showing that there are other
associated threads to this discussion.  The various threads can be
annotated (with comments, like new idea, irrelevant, etc.) by the
viewe...