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System and Method for Controlling 'Reply to All' Responses for Electronic Mail Messages.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000179279D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Feb-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Feb-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for an author of an email to specify that: 1) Before the original email is sent, specify via the email client's UI (i.e a button/option in the client), that this message cannot be replied to, or, 2) After the email has been sent, specify that no more replies are allowed to this message (via the same UI mechanism mentioned above).

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It has long been common practice to solicit feedback on certain issues by sending out an email to multiple recipients. Many times, however, the recipients reply to the mail with comments that do not pertain to the subject that the author had originally intended . This can go on and flood the inboxes of everyone on the distribution list . Likewise, even if all of the information that the author was seeking has been supplied by the recipients, people on the distribution list can still continue to reply to everyone . This will also result in everyone on the distribution list receiving messages that are not necessary. Even further, someone may need to send out mail to a large distribution list without needing any feedback whatsoever (i.e. a company wide announcement). Currently, the author can only attempt to stop recipients from replying by including a message in the original mail asking everyone not to reply . A more practical solution would give the author an option to determine when the email thread should end so that no one would be allowed to reply to all .

The core idea of this concept focuses on a way for the author of an email to specify that:

1) Before the original email is sent, specify via the email client's UI (i.e a button/option in the client), that this message cannot be replied to .

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2) After the email has been sent, specify that no more replies are allowed to this message (via the same UI mechanism mentioned above ).

Current solutions:

1) Include text in the original message asking recipients to not respond to the message, or reply to the original message asking everyone not to respond .

The proposed solution differs from current solutions in that it provides a way to enforce a "no reply" policy for individual email threads/messages.

When the author/creator of the original message decides that further respons...