I am writing a software program that displays a list of error messages and I want to tell users that an error message "can be marked as seen". For this I would like to describe the action taken by the user as a verb. Eg. "verb this error".

Edit - additional information: When the user has chosen this action the error will disappear from the list of error messages though it is still possible to find it through other means. This means the list of error messages will be curated by the user over time to show error messages that are current and still of interest.

When the error message have been "marked as seen" I would like to show that the error message has a "receipt" or similar noun to indicate that it has been seen. Eg. "Only show errors without noun". Alternatively I could use a negation of the previously mentioned verb eg. "Only show un-verbed errors"

Edit - additional information: It is possible to find the source of the error message and view more details about the source in question. Here all error messages will be visible but the ones that have been "marked as seen" will have a marker of some sort to show that the error message have been "verbed".

I hope this makes more sense after the edit. This is an attempt to be more specific so as to avoid answers that vary a lot, as per @KannE 's comment.

If anyone could help me with this I would really appreciate it.

  • Marked to ignore? May 23, 2018 at 12:06
  • But first, you mean "error message/ error notification" not "error" that has been seen.
    – Kris
    May 23, 2018 at 12:14
  • You can then say "Display unread error messages."
    – Kris
    May 23, 2018 at 12:15
  • @jxh I actually want to indicate that "I do not have to see that error message again". So I think read is a bit off but it's a nice short and descriptive word .
    – Bjarne
    May 23, 2018 at 12:27
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    Appears this question could better be asked on one of SE's computer sites.
    – lbf
    May 23, 2018 at 13:26

2 Answers 2


Acknowledge this error:

to disclose knowledge of or agreement with

Please acknowledge receipt of this letter.

By extension, "only show errors without acknowledgement," or "only show errors that have not been acknowledged."

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    Funny thing, that was the first one that came to my mind, but I needed someone to come up with some alternatives because my project manager does not like the sound of it. I though "acknowledge this error" as the action to mute an error, and "only show unacknowledged errors" as the filter option was pretty sound and correct English.
    – Bjarne
    May 23, 2018 at 18:39
  • @Bjarne Well, your question didn't say to not answer with acknowledge. ;) I believe your project manager is wrong. May 23, 2018 at 18:57
  • No I specifically avoided mentioning any existing progress I have made on the topic as I would like all you wonderful people to chip in with unbiased suggestions :D
    – Bjarne
    May 23, 2018 at 19:03
  • Another funny thing. I my native language the word receipt can be changed to a verb. But when I "back-translate" that with google translate I get back acknowledge.
    – Bjarne
    May 23, 2018 at 19:06
  • Well, I suppose you could try notarize or certify for verb forms of receipt, but is this really what you are after?
    – jxh
    May 23, 2018 at 19:19

I understand that what you actually want is to mark the error messages in a sort of queue (let's say queue 1) as "dealt with" so that they no longer need to be shown in a specific dashboard/screen meant for showing new errors (the ones that have not earlier been dealt with). The messages which have been seen [dealt with] in this dashboard will probably move to a different queue (say queue 2) but that is immaterial for the dashboard in question. One word which works as both a verb and noun for this purpose is action.

An error "can be actioned [marked as seen (dealt with)]".
the error has an action ["receipt" or similar noun to indicate that it has been seen (dealt with)] against it.
Eg. "Only show errors without action [noun]".
eg. "Only show unactioned [un-verbed] errors"


1 [mass noun] The fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim.

‘I did in fact take action at that time on advice from officials to address these concerns.’

Take action on; deal with.

‘your request will be actioned

‘Anything that is pressed on the keyboard while it is in sleep mode, however, is finally actioned after the computer has detected it again.’



Not having been actioned; regarding which nothing has been done.

Under no circumstances should anonymous letters remain on file unactioned.

  • Your understanding of the situation is quiet good. The english version of this software will however be available to many populations who's native language is not English. Therefore I think the verb actioned will lead to some confusion as (at least for myself) action is mostly heard as a noun not a verb.
    – Bjarne
    May 25, 2018 at 6:49

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