We have a product where users can be given permissions to perform certain actions. Part of our data consists of lists of items. A user with the relevant permission can replace items in lists by other items, but only one at a time.

Should this permission be named: "Replace an item in a list" or "Replace items in lists"?

  • Hi, and welcome to Writers. Requests to rephrase single sentences, phrases, or words are off-topic but acceptable on English SE. I'll ask the mods if this can be migrated.
    – Lauren Ipsum
    Jan 26 '17 at 22:48

The permission should be "Edit lists".

The item is not needed because it is implied. If you have several lists that can be edited that have different categories (say you have a set of lists for products, a set of list for emails, a set of lists for stores), then modify/add permission labels to those specific categories.

If you want separate permission sets for the lists such as:

Edit product lists

Edit store lists

Edit E-mail lists

you can label them out specific to the permission of the lists you want.

but if this permission gives users global access to all lists to edit items, then a simple edit lists would suffice.

  • Thanks, but I oversimplified. The permission is specific to replacing items in the list, and doesn't cover other ways to edit lists. My question is really if singular or plural forms of the words should be used.
    – Shahar Mosek
    Jan 26 '17 at 21:21
  • you want to add the element of singular with the possibility of multiple so something like: "Replace one or more items in a list". They are only replacing items in 1 list at a time, but they have the option to replace multiple items in 1 list.
    – ggiaquin
    Jan 26 '17 at 21:31
  • Right, but trying to keep it shorter than that.
    – Shahar Mosek
    Jan 26 '17 at 21:34
  • If we were to assume all types of editing were allowed, but one could only edit a single list at any given time, would the permission be "Edit lists", or "Edit a list"?
    – Shahar Mosek
    Jan 26 '17 at 21:36
  • it would still be edit lists because they are able to edit multiple lists, even if it is one at a time. If you say edit list, the user will wonder which list? the manager or who ever is the one with the ability to set such permissions may be confused as well and wonder what list exactly is able to be edited as it is implied singular rather than multiple. Edit lists now implies that they have the ability to edit multiple lists and since there is no specification to what kind of lists, the user can further imply any list on the site can be edited by them.
    – ggiaquin
    Jan 26 '17 at 21:39

I think renaming the permission as "Replacing item(s) in lists" would be self-explanatory and serve the purpose.

Hope it helps!

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