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In the spirit of this question, I thought it might be a good idea to standardise some terms that get used in a lot of different ways. Some examples:

  • block chain or blockchain or block-chain
  • double spend or doublespend or double-spend
  • etc. (feel free to edit and add more)

For reference, Satoshi used "block chain" and "double-spend" (which is also the wider usage of the term).

  • Vote by one-standard-per-answer. – eMansipater Sep 8 '11 at 13:16
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    how do you plan to enforce a standardized terminology? New users are not going to know some arbitrary standard on how to say block chain or double-spend. Is the community suppose to edit every question and answer that uses the incorrect terminology? – Artem Kaznatcheev Sep 9 '11 at 13:07
  • Just use tag synonyms. We're not going to be able to enforce how these words are used and in any sense a community consensus of bitcoin users will converge on terms over time. – lemonginger Sep 9 '11 at 17:15
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    I though that this was a perfect oppurtunity to make use of the whole StackExchange network so I asked our friends on English language & usage for advice. They should have some good answers. english.stackexchange.com/questions/41281/… – D.H. - bitcoin.se Sep 9 '11 at 18:53
  • Mostly I want to create some consistency in my own posting. New users will of course use whatever they want. But this way at least "veteran answers" can have some consistency. – eMansipater Sep 10 '11 at 12:13
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Suggested standard: "block chain".

  • (Non native speaker) but maybe the tag should be renamed as "block-chain" too. – Stéphane Gimenez Sep 12 '11 at 17:15
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Suggested standard: "double-spend".

  • For the verb ("he attempted to double-spend some bitcoins"), the noun ("he attempted a double-spend attack"), or both? – David Schwartz Sep 9 '11 at 0:31
  • Hadn't thought about it. Do you have any input regarding that? – eMansipater Sep 9 '11 at 0:33
  • I personally like "double spend" in all cases. But I think I'm in the minority on that. Whatever we decide, I think it should probably be the same for all cases. (At least for no other reason that it's bad to force people to think about how they're using a term in order to use it.) – David Schwartz Sep 9 '11 at 0:34
  • Just to be pedantic, your second example is an adjective. But I agree it makes sense to keep one convention all the way around (barring some further grammatical insight someone has to offer). – eMansipater Sep 9 '11 at 0:37
  • I'm not an expert on grammar, but I don't think so. "He attempted a double-spend attack" is like "He attempted to get a dog license", and "dog" is certainly not an adjective. – David Schwartz Sep 9 '11 at 1:07
  • lol, yep it is. It describes "license". Many nouns can be used as adjectives in this way ("a purple car" or "a jalapeño sandwich"). – eMansipater Sep 9 '11 at 1:14
  • That's not what Steven Pinker says. – David Schwartz Sep 9 '11 at 2:36
  • It all comes down to whether you refer to the function of the word or the identity. To continue the pedantry contest, you can most accurately refer to such words as noun adjuncts which are typically described as "a noun functioning as an adjective". – eMansipater Sep 9 '11 at 14:33
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blockchain

because we want it to be a tag, and I don't think tags can be two words. Already, the blockchain tag has 19 questions. It makes much more sense to use that as a standard instead of having people write "block chain" but then tag their questions "blockchain"

  • Two word tags like mining pools are simply hyphenated. Since people don't have to type the whole tag before it shows up with a description, I don't think this is a problem. – eMansipater Sep 9 '11 at 14:36
  • @eMansipater one of the options you gave as standard for blockchain is block-chain... notice that block-chain and block chain will map to the same tag. I think this will be confusing. – Artem Kaznatcheev Sep 9 '11 at 15:54
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    I don't think that deciding how to write a word should be based on some limitations of a tag system on a web site. – D.H. - bitcoin.se Sep 9 '11 at 18:55
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Suggested standard: "double spend".

(As suggested on SE site for English language & usage)

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    Just a note that the accepted answer there is just someone's suggestion. They didn't seem to be aware that double-spending has an existing background in academic cryptography. – eMansipater Sep 10 '11 at 12:11

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