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A method for collaboration platform group management Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245963D
Publication Date: 2016-Apr-21
Document File: 5 page(s) / 99K

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Currently, it's easy to join groups in many collaboration platforms, but there is no easy way to check if the behaviors of the participants are suitable for the group or not. The invention provides a way to manage group membership.

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A method for collaboration platform group management

Current instant message applications provide many ways to invite people to join a chat group. For example selecting a list of friends from your contact list and form a chat group, or generate a QR code and let people scan the QR code to join the group themselves.

Although the current IM would notify group members the person who just joined the group might not be a friend to anyone , but this kind of message tended to be washed out very quick if the group is very active. So it brings user management issues as time goes by for a growing huge group.

That applies to other Non-IM platform also.

Core Ideas

Core Ideas:


1. The system provides a visual chart to show user relationship/contribution

The system shows a visual topology of chat room users with the indicator of their behaviors. According to the relationship and behaviors of members, the group administrator could remove the members who are not suitable for the group.

2. Removing group members according to ground rules or specific time limitation

The group administrator could set a timer to automatically remove members according to ground rules which include:

(1) No social connection with other members in the same group.

(2) User is added to black list by some members in the same group.

Members would block some offensive members or put them to blacklist. Administrators could set a rule to remove those members if they are blocked by a ratio of members.

(3) Discussions match/mismatch the group purpose.

The system leverages cognitive technology. Users who's speech is different from the group objectives or users who lurk in the chat group, and never actually posting or responding anything removing would be removed.

3. Control the members who have been kicked out

It requires approval if the user who has been kicked out wants to be chat group member again.




It provides a way to maintain group membership. The group won't grow unexpectedly, and it may help prevent some spy users.




Below elaborates the details, including 1) Group user scenario, 2) Administrator configuration, 3)Visual chart usage, and 4) Content analyzer


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1. User Scenario

Take instant messenger for example. It's easy for IM users to add others into chat room. Any user using the instant message system could start a chat room and add any member to it, no matter he/she is a IM friend or not. Or u...