I'm writing an application to manage users. To avoid clutter, I want to create two tabs: Users and banned users, which is going to look like this:
What should I call users who are not banned?
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I would call them either "Approved" or "Active". Both are one word just like "Banned" and each conveys the positivity of their status.
If pressed, I think I would lean toward "Approved" because you can have inactive approved users as well as active approved users.
Here are multiple examples that show both are widely used:
I use the "Active" status in my application to decipher the two. I'd recommend that you perform some quick method of user testing to get some hard data to drive your decision.
Based on this article on writing microcopy, the author states:
"...microcopy isn’t always obvious. Sometimes you have to hunt to find the right words. (or create an error notification service like I did) How to discover these hurdles? Talk to people!"
He also says:
"Don’t be deceived by the size of microcopy. It can make or break an interface."
It could be a fairly important decision. In light of this, you might consider running a quick test on something like usabilityhub.com or the like. I believe they have a free option if you volunteer to participate in other's tests (very quick).
We've had this discussion, and we settled on Active.
Our deciding factor was that it's what Google uses on its services (attached image).
Also, "Current" is a stronger indicator of someone being on the site "right now" rather than just active on the site in general.