What single word would I use to describe a person who fills out a form? So if Abigail fills out a form she is a... whatever the term should be. The form is an application but the applicant does not fill it in himself. The person who fills it out may be a secretary or a manager. It needs to be one word. "Filler-inner" does not sound right. Data-capturer is two words.
I decided to turn to existing forms rather than just reaching into the air for an obscure term. Here's the USCIS I-129F form, which is a government form that might be prepared by someone other than the petitioner. They call this person the preparer.
re•spond•er (rɪˈspɒn dər)
n. 1. a person or thing that responds.
Consider formfiller, something or someone who fills out forms. For example:
He used to be the best formfiller I ever knew. But now...
I don't have a dictionary reference for this form, but see en.wiktionary's definition of formfilling as “The filling out of forms”.
If the form is usually filled in on behalf of other people then the standard term I have seen most often is agent and in long-form agent for XXX or acting as agent for XXX such as on prescription forms or other applications.
I think preparer is ambiguous - you could interpret that as the person who prepared the form for you to fill in. Then again, I'm married to a long-term public servant and I often find government writing ambiguous and overly wordy, with massive sentence run-on, to the extent where the point of the original sentence is lost or obscured.
If this person or (I'm guessing) process is populating a form, you could call it a "populator".
This usage is well-attested in programming contexts, viz. the popular (heh) Ruby module (gem)
Populate an Active Record database with mass insertion.
This [module] adds a “
populate” method to all Active Record models. Pass the number of records you want to create along with a [the data you want associated with each record].
Author: RyanB; Host: GitHub
By a similar chain of logic, if the agent is documenting -- that is, describing the facts of -- the applicant, then you could call him the applicant's "documentor".
While often considered archaic, consider scrivener
a person who writes out deeds, letters, etc; copyist [Collins]
This would not apply to the applicant herself, only an listed assistant.
You also could use scribe
A person who copies out documents, especially one employed to do this before printing was invented. [Oxford Dictionaries Online]
Of course the answer is Fillosopher. According to the website, XWord Info
Crossword puzzle answer to: “Sage at gas pump” May 24,1981
A fillosopher fills things.
Kate Mulligan (KatesMonterey) on Twitter
Lifelong artist, photographer of light on life, and gastronomic fillosopher. From the biography of Kate Mulligan, she is an artist, photographer and gastronomic fillosopher.
The difference between filling up and filling out is a moot point. The base, “fill” alerts the reader that something is being entered. So Fillosopher it is.:)