[Standards] Message Mine'ing

Matthew A. Miller linuxwolf at outer-planes.net
Tue Dec 2 05:54:24 UTC 2008

I think that message mine-ing is a very elegant and simple solution to  
determining user intent.  Priority provides a course view of the  
user's attentiveness and gets us mostly there, but requires users to  
be proactive (e.g. diligently changing their presence).  On the other  
hand, message mine-ing requires the users to be reactive, which most  
already are.  In my opinion and experience, there's little additional  
work clients and servers would need to do, and the payoff would be huge.

There are some additional things clients may need to do to make this  
most effective, but I think that would have to happen regardless of  
what solution is utilized.  Mr. Hildebrand suggested some based on  
presence, and I think clients may also need to consider a full-JID  
recipient stale after several moments of inactivity (e.g. leave the  
chat window open "forever" but only actually have short bursts of  
activity between long periods of silence).  However, I don't see these  
behaviors having a negative effect on the user experience.  If  
anything, it would most likely improve it by making it even more  
obvious that a conversation is waking up.

Matthew A. Miller
linuxwolf at outer-planes.net

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