I have a bunch of components I have included into a new project. I drew a pretty picture showing all of them, color coding the ones I selected, then showing the conglomeration. I went to write up the key to explain the colors, but didn't know how to kindly say "this one did not get picked" in a word or two. Excluded was a close as I could come, but it sounds mean.

Is there a nice way to say "this component did not get selected for inclusion into the new project" in a word or two?

  • Exclude isn't a pejorative. Why are you documenting finalist components (instead of selected components)? Aug 29, 2014 at 15:44
  • How about "didn't qualify"? Or "hasn't been selected"?
    – Centaurus
    Aug 29, 2014 at 15:47
  • @ElliottFrisch Good question. I'm combining four software baselines into one, and need to show everyone what parts made the cut and what didn't. Exclusion here can hurt people's feelings so I wanted to be gentle about it.
    – kmort
    Aug 29, 2014 at 15:47
  • @Luis Right now I have "Not included" in the key. Still seems harsh to me.
    – kmort
    Aug 29, 2014 at 15:48
  • 2
    Then you're going to be calling someone's baby ugly. Expect hurt feelings. Aug 29, 2014 at 15:54

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If you are trying to come up with a wording for a label to explain the color code that means "this component did not get selected for inclusion into the new project," and you want it to sound as upbeat as possible, you might try something like this:

Carefully considered but ultimately not included.

The wording indicates that you gave the nominated item serious thought and even suggests that under other circumstances you might have selected it—but it also acknowledges the inescapable fact that you chose not to include it.

Beyond the label you choose for the color code, you can soften the blow to the disappointed champions of the excluded components by emphasizing somewhere—in your presentation of the illustration, say, or in a cover note—that you were overwhelmed by the numerous excellent options your colleagues suggested, that you appreciate the thought and effort that went into the nominations, that you regret that you couldn't include them all in the project, etc., etc.

I'm afraid that's about the best you can do when forced to identify the ugly babies (as Elliott Frisch says in a comment above) as well as the winners in an infant beauty contest.



is okay. Or there is

rule out
factor out

but I think that "ruled out" is the best of them, as it isn't as negative.


You can say "...of all the candidates, here are the ones selected to be included..." That way, you're focusing on the chosen ones, not dwelling on the rejected ones.


For your consideration:

Remediate - to act between parties to effect an agreement, compromise, reconciliation, etc.

Given that you are in fact reconciling four software baselines, saying those particular requirements have been "remediated" might be nice way to say that they are no longer in scope. You can intimate that they are being removed because they either already represented on one of the other baselines, or that the functionality would cause a conflict with one of other baselines.

"In reconciling the four baselines, the following components have been remediated."

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