Method for self-removal from an email thread
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jun-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jun-21
This article describes a solution to the problem of receiving unwanted or irrelevant email threads by allowing a user to "self-remove" his name from the list of recipients without interrupting the other people on the thread.
Today the most common working tool in almost everyone's
day-to-day life is the email system. Many workers are spending
more and more hours reading, processing, deleting, storing
folders, and answering emails. This process is time consuming,
and any method for improving it would be huge return on
investment. This article describes a possible method of
self-removal from an email thread. Or in other words, "How can
I remove myself from this very long and irrelevant thread
without interrupting all the people on the thread?" In most
cases you have been added to a thread because it is relevant
to you. However,in many cases the thread stops being relevant
as the discussion is shifted to a different direction.
The usual method for removing yourself from an email
thread is by sending a reply email to everyone asking to be
removed from the email thread. Now everyone needs to read this
message and, on the next message, remove that person from the
email thread. Another solution is to allow the end-user to
build filters that will block emails from a specific email
thread. The filter can block or just delete those emails. The
actual work can be done on the email client application side
or on the email server side.
The solution for this problem described in this article
and referred to as self-removal from an email recipient list
is very simple and intuitive. Every recipient is capable of
specifying from the email client application that he wants to
be removed from the recipient list for a specific email
thread. As a result the email client application will send a
message to all the recipients list of this email thread. The
message is a background message that will be stored and
associated with email threads in each recipient's email
application. When any one of the recipients tries to reply to
the email thread, he will encounter a popup message that will
notify him that the specific recipient has asked to be removed
from the thread. At this point it is his decision whether or
not to remove that person from the thread. This solution is
extremely effective if the recipient list is limited to a few
people, let's say fewer than ten.
Advantages compared to existing solutions:
- The person who wants to be removed from the email thread
doesn't need to send an email to everyone on the thread.
- The message that is sent from the email system of the
person who wants to be removed from the email thread does not
disturb all the recipients on the thread.
- When the end-user removes himself from the email thread, he
is not being removed without the other people on the thread
being aware of that event.
- If the person who replies to the last emai...