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Re: "there's a cred for that"

From: Moses Ma <moses.ma@futurelabconsulting.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2019 09:41:08 -0800
To: daniel.hardman@evernym.com
Cc: "public-credentials@w3.org" <public-credentials@w3.org>
Message-ID: <32839681-6cb4-7207-b059-5a63b42efb2d@futurelabconsulting.com>
I think there are two ways to approach this:

 1. we can look for a good brandable term for VCs, or
 2. we can just use the generic term and let the marketplace find the
    noun that will become a verb

Personally, it's actually a pretty difficult task to find the perfect 
term - eg, "cred" conflates with "credits" and probably won't work.It 
needs to be monosyllabic and roll off the tongue. Ideally it has 
multiple meanings that add synergistically into something that has meme 
potential. I'm leaning toward the made up term "vert" - as in verifiable 
certificate.

Moses

PS, also, I'm still hung up on "credentials vs claims". I think a 
verifiable claim would have greater usage, for example attaching a 
verifiable "receipt" claim to a customs declaration vs a verifiable 
credential as a "trusted trader".


On 12/12/19 9:48 PM, Daniel Hardman wrote:
> When smart phones first became a thing, "there's an app for that" 
> became a meme-like catch phrase.
>
> I want to suggest that we evangelize a similar thing with respect to 
> verifiable credentials.
>
> You want to prove you {have a degree | got vaccinated | gave or 
> received consent | are a citizen | bought a ticket | qualify for a 
> loan | did KYC | have a security clearance | are a reputable Uber 
> driver | login to a website}? There's a (verifiable) cred for that.
>
> Maybe a drumbeat of this phrase will catch.
>
> --Daniel


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