RE: Alternatives to "blacklist" and "whitelist"

Subject: RE: Alternatives to "blacklist" and "whitelist"
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: Benjamin Paulus <greyline -at- hotmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:39:05 -0800

Benjamin Paulus wrote:

> I've been tasked with providing some alternatives to the terms "blacklist"
> and "whitelist." So far, all I've come up with are "deny list" and "allow
> list." Does anyone use any other alternatives?

We'd have to know the context in which the terms are being used to comment intelligently. But if the context has to do with spam filtering or network security, using alternative terms that you or the list members come up with would be a bad idea. This is the accepted and understood terminology.

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


Create and publish documentation through multiple channels with Doc-To-Help.
Choose your authoring formats and get any output you may need. Try
Doc-To-Help, now with MS SharePoint integration, free for 30-days.

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Please move off-topic discussions to the Chat list, at:

Alternatives to "blacklist" and "whitelist": From: Benjamin Paulus

Previous by Author: RE: "The six crappiest interview questions"
Next by Author: RE: Map IDs
Previous by Thread: RE: Alternatives to "blacklist" and "whitelist"
Next by Thread: RE: Alternatives to "blacklist" and "whitelist"

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads