Re: Alternatives to "user"

Subject: Re: Alternatives to "user"
From: Suzanne Townsend <ac158 -at- CFN -dot- CS -dot- DAL -dot- CA>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 1995 11:12:05 -0400

On Thu, 5 Jan 1995, Arthur Comings wrote:

> I'm writing the docs for an application used by geoscientists and oil
> explorationists. The thing is, other people at their site are also
> using the same software to set things up for them and help them out in
> many ways.

> I'm using "users" or "end users" in my first rough drafts, but I wish I
> had a word better than that -- one which implies "the people, trained
> in a specific discipline, who are ultimately using this software to do
> their jobs more efficiently" -- as opposed to the clerks and
> administrators.

> Any ideas?

If the person is reading your document, doesn't that make him/her a
"user" no matter what other job s/he has?

If you really must differentiate, how about "science professionals" or
"scientists and engineers" vs. "support personnel"?

Suzanne Townsend <ac158 -at- cfn -dot- cs -dot- dal -dot- ca>


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