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I would like to find correct words to use in order to name a user that updates something. That is, if for a user that creates something I say "creator user", what may I say for a user that updates something?

For example, is "updater user" correct?

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It's not clear to me whether by 'user creator' you mean 'one who creates users' or if you simply mean 'a user who creates <anything creatable>'. The term 'user creator' definitely implies 'one who creates users'. –  Jim May 5 '12 at 20:58
    
@Jim - Maybe I was wrong. I updated the question (in particular, from user creator to creator user). –  user502052 May 5 '12 at 21:13
    
Thanks for clarifying. –  Jim May 5 '12 at 21:16
    
@Jim - You are welcome. ; - ) –  user502052 May 5 '12 at 21:17
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It's a user. Not an user. (Since you have made the mistake not once but four times I assume it wasn't just a typo.) The article is decided by the pronunciation of the following word. We have three dozen questions on that, including one specifically about the word user, and even a blog post. –  RegDwigнt May 5 '12 at 21:18
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You can use the word 'updater' for your application as others suggested.

I tried to find the word 'updater' but it doesn't exist in any dictionary yet. However, it was used at several places in computer related stuff. I can't think of a word that would describe the job of this person but I'm sure 'modifier' doesn't fit perfectly, or does it?

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It depends on what the application is, but for something like text or content you could use "editor".

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Editor is probably good enough, but you might also consider contributor or collaborator.

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I don't know how sophisticated your program is, but I typically will use roles for this. I.e., define a creator role, an updater (or editor) role, etc. This might be all rolled into an 'admin' role if that fits your use cases. In any case you can then talk about 'users with the < fill-in-the-blank> role.'

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"the man who updates" may be a better choice.

For example:

I become the man who updates blogs.

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This seems like an overly verbose construction, some people might call it sexist too. –  Matt Эллен May 10 '12 at 9:13
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Updater is alright, although editor might be an alternative.

I'm wondering why you use "creator user" and "updater user" though: why not just "creator" and "updater"? Surely a creator and updater can only be users, or they wouldn't be creating or updating? Is the word "user" really necessary?

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Those words are technical. However, I updated the question as said in response to the Jim comment. –  user502052 May 5 '12 at 21:16
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