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Re: SAMPLE ballot for terminology vote

From: Steven Rowat <steven_rowat@sunshine.net>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 06:18:18 -0700
To: public-credentials@w3.org, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Message-ID: <eb078447-e049-6378-467c-048f6213117d@sunshine.net>
On 6/8/16 6:57 PM, Manu Sporny wrote:
> Please ensure that you're okay with the sample poll above because once
> the polls open on Friday, that's it for this round of terminology
> discussion/voting.

After viewing the list of "Identity / Profile / Persona" as choices, I 
found I wanted one added to the list which I'd prefer:

Identity Profile

Why it is better:
1. It says clearly that this is one fixed embodiment ('profile') of 
the defining characteristics ('identity') of the entity in question. 
And that there could be any number of others.
2. In my opinion this is exactly what the Verifiable Claims standard 
is attempting to achieve for this position in the model.
3. This English usage is already widely adopted for this usage in the 
psychology community, both alternative and mainstream (Google 
"identity profile").

Problems with the other options:

Joe and others have made a strong case that 'Identity' on its own is 
nebulous, and as widely used confuses the entity itself with the 
representation of the entity. I would like to add that there's an 
analogy to this in patent law, where a patent examiner or judge will 
reject an invention unless it's a 'fixed embodiment' of an idea. Just 
the idea itself is not patentable. While we're not trying to patent 
anything here, I believe the same difference occurs with 'identity' 
versus 'identity profile'. The 'identity profile' is the fixed 
embodiment, which is what we can get into code. There can be many 
different ones, but each is fixed and named. 'Identity' is the idea 
that these come from. It's hard to agree on, and best avoided.

Possible, but overly vague. A profile is one view of something, but 
not just an entity. It could be a rock or a house. A look at something 
from one specific angle. But looking at what from what angle? My 
'sports profile', my 'academic profile', are common uses. I think 
'identity profile' narrows it well.

Possible, but in common use it's strongly tied to the character of a 
human being, and can include a negative connotation (Random House 
dictionary: "the mask or fa├žade presented to satisfy the demands of 
the situation"). It's also so common as to have many many connections: 
328 million hits on Google, versus 414 thousand for "Identity 
Profile". Already used by Mozilla as their Persona login system. Taken 
together I think there's a strong chance of it being overly vague, 
misleading, and/or confusing with other uses. Best avoided IMO.


> -- manu
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