I'm working on a browser-based tool that allows users to interact with other users they are matched with. Relationships between users progress in a linear fashion along a series of states, initiated when a user requests to be connected with another user.

In the interface of the tool, a user can view all of the users they're matched with, regardless of the state of their relationship.

I'd like to allow users to navigate to a filtered version of this view that shows only users they have not yet requested a connection with, but I'm having trouble with what to call it.

"Unconnected Matches" isn't quite right. "Unconnected" carries unwanted connotations of having once been connected in the past.

Ideally the phrase would follow the pattern: adjective + "matches".

This phrase would only live in a tab in the interface and not in a sentence anywhere, but if it helps with context, here's another way to think about it:

This is a list of your _______ matches. You can request to be connected with any of them.

Any good alternatives? I was pointed this direction from ux.stackexchange.com.

  • 1
    How about potential matches? Or prospective matches?
    – PellMel
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 20:01
  • @PellMel They've already been matched at this point, so "potential" and "prospective" don't feel appropriate. In truth, they are matches that are potential connections—but I want to find a way to convey that without using the word "connection".
    – Sean
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 20:07
  • 1
    Pending might work here as well.
    – Jim Mack
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 20:45
  • @JimMack Again, they've already been matched, so "pending matches" isn't appropriate.
    – Sean
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 20:57
  • I'd drop the adjective entirely and give the connected state it's own unique term like "connections". Solves abiguity issues all over.
    – The Nate
    Commented May 21, 2016 at 8:53

4 Answers 4


Consider candidate

A person or thing regarded as suitable for or likely to receive a particular fate, treatment, or position

Oxford Dictionary Online

(The downside is possible association with politicos we may not like during this election season)

  • That's interesting. It captures the essence of what I want to communicate, but I think it will seem out of place to users in this context. I appreciate the suggestion.
    – Sean
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 20:40

try tribe or tribesmen. It expresses that they are connected in some way but it doesn't necessarily imply ever having an established relationship


Try "unconfirmed" matches. This tells them the match is already suggested by the system but not confirmed by the user (by explicitly requesting a connection).


How about latent matches? This seems to fit your specification: the matches exist but are not yet activated.

One definition of Latent is "present, but not yet active, developed, or obvious" Cambridge Dictionary.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.