I have been working on a software where there is a section to promote and/or demote other users. For last two days, I have been thinking and searching for a common term to group both of these terms together but it seems like I am out of luck or I am searching in the wrong direction.

I was wondering if anyone is aware of a proper term or word which can convey the meaning of promotion/demotion or level change on itself without requiring any further explanation to the user?


To make it clear, it's promotion/demotion just like done in school. So Level, Rank etc are out of question. Also the term will be better suited if it's a verb for Promotion/Demotion.

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    Please, please, please: software, no a; or a software program or an application. Thank you. How about: upvote and downvote? As used around here. – Lambie May 11 '18 at 17:20
  • Thanks for pointing out software mistake (: Vote will be wrong term in my case as there is no voting here. – Meta Pakistani May 11 '18 at 17:37
  • I don't understand what "promotion/demotion just like done in school" means. Can you elaborate? I know that telling a student she has finished one grade and is moving on to the next grade can be called "promoting" her. I've never heard of demotion in an academic setting. – jejorda2 May 11 '18 at 17:45
  • @jejorda2 Demotion isn't common but it can occur. I.e a student fails and is moved back sometimes. Though it's very rare thing but as a software app, I have to include this functionality and that's where the terminology comes. – Meta Pakistani May 11 '18 at 17:54
  • Also, sometimes a teacher may promote a student by mistake, so he/she may need to demote them back. I can go with Synonyms/alternative terms if they sound better than promote/demote – Meta Pakistani May 11 '18 at 17:54

I might consider something like "User ranking" or "Manage user ranking" or simply "Manage users".

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    Thanks but I am looking for a short term else "Promote/Demote" is better than a short phrase. – Meta Pakistani May 11 '18 at 17:32
  • How about "Rank"? – Aethon May 11 '18 at 17:45

Transition (noun):

a : passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another : CHANGE b : a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another

The verb form has the same meanings.

For example:

I transitioned to a [lower / higher] grade.
I am evaluating which users I should transition into a different role.

  • I think it's the closest it can get to, Though the meaning isn't obvious to user on first look but hope to get it implemented it somehow – Meta Pakistani May 12 '18 at 7:28

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