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Elimination of Obnoxious Instant Message Chat Instigation Disclosure Number: IPCOM000179571D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Feb-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Feb-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

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It is obnoxious to many users of instant messaging to be sent a single word instant message to initiate an IM session. Many view this as "fishing" to get someone on the hook for participating in a chat session without committing to the subject matter. As such, a method for combating fishing is needed to ensure that IM participants are protected from becoming involved in obnoxious conversations. By using a policy-based auto-responder, obnoxious IM fishers can be effectively nullified.

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Elimination of Obnoxious Instant Message Chat Instigation

In one example, when an incoming IM is received it can be compared against an incoming Instant Message validation policy. The IM validation policy would define one or more requirements such as message length, sender, context, content, time of day, day of the week, etc. If the IM fails to meet the rules defined in the IM validation policy, an IM auto-responder module can cause the IM client to not render the message to the user and instead reply to the sender of the IM that their message failed to meet a minimum criteria was thus not delivered. The IM auto-responder can also ask that the user provide more context or details before their message will be delivered.

In a further example, the factors indicated as comprising an IM validation policy (message length, sender, context, etc.) are inputs to an IM quality scoring module. If the IM scoring module produces a score that is below a defined threshold, the auto-responder functionality can be triggered.