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Email Conversation Type

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245511D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 229K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to apply a classification to email threads/conversations and dictate behavior and/or content of the contained messages based on the classification.

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Email Conversation Type

Email conversations are very helpful for corresponding between multiple parties. In many cases, however, an email conversation can become messy, hard to maintain, and difficult to understand because the involved parties are not subject to any rules or guidelines particular to that thread. No method exists to classify a conversation, much less to dictate behavior or manipulate content of a conversation based on its intended purpose.

The novel contribution is a method to apply a classification to email threads/conversations and dictate behavior and/or content of the contained messages based on the classification. The sender, server, or receiver of the message can manipulate any property of the message, such as the content or aesthetics. Spam filters and folder rules can move the messages for easier grouping, but a location directive is the only action those solutions will apply.

Many systems already tag an email conversation based on a unique identifier. One

way to apply a type to a conversation is to associate a type with that conversation

identifier, and the sender, server, and receiver can decide what to do based on that type.

Figure 1: Example interface for selecting a thread type for an email

In a basic embodiment of a simple English conversion type of message manipulation: on the sender side, the sender client inserts a simple English alternative for a word that the system identifies as complex. For example, the sender wrote "aestheti...