I am working on a project (browser extension) which will implement either black or whitelisting depending on the users choice.

However I want to contain the GUI elements that control this/these list/s under a tab. So am I at a loss of what to name this tab, since it could be providing the interface for the Whitelist or Blacklist.

What should I name this tab?

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  • In your place I used a small, but good visible (so 12px radius) circles, with red/gray/green color. And didn't give any list (or only deep hidden in the menu system). The user want to see, what is the current status of the actually viewed object. – user38535 Nov 26 '13 at 22:02
  • What exactly determines if it will so WL/BL/Both? The content of the tab or user setting outside the tab? – Izhaki Nov 27 '13 at 0:11
  • @Izhaki Within the tab there will be the ability to set the mode of the extension to either only run on the defined URLs OR not run on the specifically defined URLs. I think actually providing the option exclusively makes sense, offering both would only be useful to preserve the list if they wanted to toggle between the two but I can't see that being used enough to be worth the effort. – deed02392 Nov 27 '13 at 9:55
  • "My filters" seems like a decent suggestion. Did your users have any alternatives? – Fractional Nov 27 '13 at 15:55
  • @RedSirius we've not pushed this onto users yet, just within the developer circles we were unsure. It would be good if we could pick a single word, eg 'Filtering' but it seems vague. – deed02392 Nov 27 '13 at 16:20

Since you are dealing with websites , I would just use the term website exceptions or website filtering or website management so that people know exactly what they will do in that tab. Here is an example of how K9 shows the different options to users

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I'd suggest you ask some actual users; you're bound to find the right non-technical words they use to refer to such functionality. Off the top of my head, "filters" or "permissions" comes to mind. "Blacklist" or "whitelist" is too technical for a general audience.

  • I actually think most people will be familiar with the term 'blacklist' - neither 'filters' nor 'permissions' are as descriptive. – Izhaki Nov 27 '13 at 0:10
  • Indeed, I actually tried Filtering but it wasn't well received which is why I've come here. – deed02392 Nov 27 '13 at 9:54

It seems to me that word choice is the asker's main issue.

Blacklist: implies people or things that are illegal or evil

Block: implies people or things that warrant exclusion but aren't illegal or evil

Permission: implies people or things that warrant exclusion but only because they aren't high enough in the user-access hierarchy

Filter: implies people or things that warrant exclusion but only because they aren't relevant to current goal/search

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