[Standards-JIG] Message importance

Joe Hildebrand hildjj at gmail.com
Sun Oct 8 02:31:59 UTC 2006

Is the "urgency" SHIM header something that could be used for this?


On Oct 7, 2006, at 3:35 PM, Tomasz Melcer wrote:

> Hello!
> Sometimes I want to send a message to friend to notify him of  
> something unimportant, but he is DND and i don't want to disturb  
> him. The ideal solution for that would be to mark message as  
> 'unimportant', so that my friend's server would store it and send  
> as soon as he is online.
> My proposal is to add an optional element to <message/> elements,  
> for example:
> <message from="joe at example.com" to="frank at example.com">
>   <body>We're playing golf. Come when you finish your work</body>
>   <importance xmlns="..."><not-important/></importance>
> </message>
> We would also need a protocol to let server know when we don't want  
> to get such messages. Actually, we only have to extend existing  
> protocol - privacy lists. My proposal is to add special action for  
> that. For example to let server know that we don't want to get  
> messages marked as 'not important' from anyone, it would look like:
> <iq type='set'>
>  <query xmlns='jabber:iq:privacy'>
>   <list name='dnd'>
>    <item action='store'>
>     <message>
>      <importance xmlns='...'><not-important/></importance>
>     </message>
>    </item>
>   </list>
>  </query>
> <iq>
> <iq type='set'>
>  <query xmlns='jabber:iq:privacy'>
>   <active name='dnd'/>
>  </query>
> </iq>
> ...which would mean to store messages of importance 'less or equal'  
> to 'not important'.
> There could be few levels of importance: f.e. 'important',  
> 'normal', 'not important', 'bulk' (for messages from bots).
> When the client changes active list, all stored messages could be  
> refiltered, and ones which would fall into 'allow' action would be  
> sent (and ones which would fall into 'deny' action would be  
> deleted). The cache for such stored messages could be the same as  
> for offline messages.
> I can think of additional use case for this. Some time ago someone  
> on jdev asked how to suspend/resume presences. We could just allow  
> to apply 'store' action to <presence-in/> to suspend them and  
> 'allow' to resume and get them from the server.
> That's only an idea. I hope that a solution will be developed. Any  
> comments would be appreciated.
> Tomasz Melcer

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