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Re: Alternative terminology for "consumer"

From: Jim Goodell <jgoodell2@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:36:26 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Stone, Matt" <matt.stone@pearson.com>, Steven Rowat <steven_rowat@sunshine.net>
Cc: "public-credentials@w3.org" <public-credentials@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1425711342.2506956.1459341386133.JavaMail.yahoo@mail.yahoo.com>
It is difficult (sometimes impossible) to find a label that works for everyone and every use, in this case for an actor with multiple roles (needs credential, earns credential, receives credential, uses credential for x, y, and z). Better to find a label for the actor that works "well enough" (with no strong objections); then clearly define, in the context of verifiable claims, all that label means about a person's role in the ecosystem. A two or three sentence definition can remove ambiguity of a single word label.

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 1:25 AM, Stone, Matt <matt.stone@pearson.com> wrote:

Since our fundamental topic is a "verifiable claim", maybe "verifier" fits. 
I'm afraid we're overthinking the nuance and subtext to the point that no one  will get it when we eventually roll it out.  I respect that language has power but also know than few others will think as deeply as we do on the topic.  If it's overworked, we'll spend the next 5yrs saying things like "Think about it like this..."

On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Steven Rowat <steven_rowat@sunshine.net> wrote:

On 3/29/16 9:42 PM, Dave Longley wrote:

So, I believe we need a term that indicates that someone is in need of
something (ie: a credential) in order to proceed with some action.




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