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Re: Comments on tracking-compliance.html

From: Aleecia M. McDonald <aleecia@aleecia.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 23:39:51 -0700
Message-Id: <51E346FC-4B41-4AEC-8395-689B8DAA4757@aleecia.com>
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For what it's worth, I would typically use:

	Consumer when talking to the US Federal Trade Commission 
	User when talking to a technical audience
	Person / people when talking to a non-technical US audience
	Citizen when talking to a European audience 

This one appears to have both cultural and regional elements.


On Oct 25, 2011, at 10:49 PM, Roy T. Fielding wrote:

> On Oct 25, 2011, at 7:06 PM, Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:
>>  http://www.w3.org/2011/tracking-protection/drafts/tracking-compliance.html
>> The term "consumer" is widely regarded as offensive and derogatory
> No, it isn't.  There is a broken link on wikipedia to some blog by someone
> who apparently once thought it to be offensive, but that hardly counts as
> "widely regarded".  I don't use it in the TPE spec, since user is the more
> technical term, but in trade regulations the term generally used is consumer,
> and it makes perfect sense to think of web sites as producers.
> It isn't the least bit offensive or derogatory in this context.
> If we want to be consistent, though, "user" is a better term.
>> I hope this draft is moved to some publically exposed version control
>> system soon.
> It is on a version control system now (cvs).  I think you can request
> access from the W3C team.  The WG published versions will be in the dated
> space (with links to previous versions).
> ....Roy
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