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System for automated, prioritized cleanup of information in a social space

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239711D
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-26
Document File: 3 page(s) / 61K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that allows users to set a prioritization for the automatic cleanup of information in a social space using explicitly set priorities and tags to associate information with a particular project.

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System for automated, prioritized cleanup of information in a social space

Social spaces, such a wikis and file shares, can quickly become quite large as users constantly add new information. In a business setting, quotas are often put in place to manage server resources. In other settings, it is desirable to clean up old information so that the social space remains relevant and up-to-date, and new users to the space do not have to sift through old and outdated information.

In current implementations, this cleanup effort is usually manual and can be quite time consuming, which might discourage users from adding new content if nearing

quota, and from clearing out old information to keep the space relevant. Some systems have a cleanup method in place that purges information based on its age, but this method is not desirable if there is information that remains valid for a long period (e.g., troubleshooting tips for a product that is supported by the company for five years).

The novel system allows users to set a prioritization for the automatic cleanup of information in a social space using explicitly set priorities and tags to associate information with a particular project. This system gives users control over the deletion of information, while still automating the cleanup process. The system uses the priorities and tags to automatically clean up information as a user nears the quota or the information is no longer useful. A user can also trigger a user initiated

cleanup process to clean up user-owned/entered information.

In a preferred embodiment, when a user posts information to a social space, such as creating a new wiki page, the user can set an explicit deletion priority for the information, or can tag it to associate it with a particular project. The deletion priorities are used by the cleanup process when server resources are low and space must be made available. The tags are used by the cleanup process to remove old and outdated information.

Existing quotas remain in place to ensure that users do not attempt to monopolize the resources on the system by setti...