Help finding or coining a term
January 21, 2011 10:12 AM   Subscribe

A colleague and I are writing a book chapter on social media, and we have been unable to find or make up terms for one distinction we would like to make. What is a good, compact term for 'information that is endorsed or supported by a credentialed expert on the subject or is agreed to be true by a community of experts'?

We are contrasting this with info that people gather by direct or second-hand experience.

Since it's a chapter about social media, it would be entirely appropriate to write an acknowledgment thanking MeFi. :)
posted by amberwb to Society & Culture (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Credible? Verifiable?
posted by Carol Anne at 10:19 AM on January 21, 2011

posted by oflinkey at 10:20 AM on January 21, 2011

posted by Neiltupper at 10:20 AM on January 21, 2011

posted by adamrice at 10:22 AM on January 21, 2011

Clarification: the chapter is on credibility, and our point is that both types of info are credible under different circumstances.
posted by amberwb at 10:24 AM on January 21, 2011

posted by mce at 10:31 AM on January 21, 2011

Refereed is not the word you're looking for. I came into also suggest authoritative.

Refereed is a very specific word that describes information that has undergone the peer-review process, and is definitely not applicable to anything said by a "credentialed expert." Only use refereed if the information you are talking about comes directly out of a peer-reviewed research paper.
posted by Tooty McTootsalot at 10:31 AM on January 21, 2011

posted by misterbrandt at 10:32 AM on January 21, 2011 [3 favorites]

Hm. I mean more like information you would trust if a credentialed expert in that area told it to you. Information that is within a credentialed expert's area of expertise, but that is also recognized by a broader community as true or accurate.

'Authoritative' is close, but it's something else we can't use because we talk about authority (as in, an authority in the field) and it's too circular or confusing.
posted by amberwb at 10:34 AM on January 21, 2011

Hmm. "Endorsed" is tricky because it implies endorsement as in pay. "Accredited" is closer but has slightly odd implications too.

Commended? Validated?

Ratified? Warranted? Certified?

Vouched? Maybe best: authenticated?
posted by RJ Reynolds at 10:39 AM on January 21, 2011

Worried about the confusion "authenticated" might engender when talking about digital media, since it has a technical meaning.
posted by amberwb at 10:45 AM on January 21, 2011

posted by AugustWest at 10:50 AM on January 21, 2011

Accepted wisdom? (though that sounds a bit folksy)

Accepted standard.

Scientifically supported/endorsed.
posted by dougrayrankin at 10:51 AM on January 21, 2011

Maybe attested?
posted by ORthey at 11:00 AM on January 21, 2011


That's what we mean. I guess we have to decide whether we want to use a $5 word.
posted by amberwb at 11:06 AM on January 21, 2011

Why not just "expert advice"?
posted by barnone at 11:12 AM on January 21, 2011

Good [name of industry] practices
Best [name of industry] practices

example: Good Accounting Practices, which is actually an acronym in that industry.

You could substitute methodology or guidelines for practices.

Or, generally accepted methodologies/guidelines.
posted by SillyShepherd at 11:25 AM on January 21, 2011

I think you might be able to get away with "authoritated" (information, etc.), in the sense of
"endorsed by recognized authorities." It's not an actual "authoritated" word - it would be a back formation from the word "authoritative" - but it's meaning should be clear and pretty transparent in context.
posted by nangar at 11:33 AM on January 21, 2011

SillyShepherd, I thought GAAP was "generally accepted accounting practices"?

Anyway, another vote for Generally Accepted, or maybe the General Consensus.
posted by wenestvedt at 11:34 AM on January 21, 2011

Expert endorsed or expert certified.
posted by *s at 11:36 AM on January 21, 2011

"Well vetted by industry experts"
posted by Spyder's Game at 11:43 AM on January 21, 2011

"Received wisdom" is a little less folksy than "accepted wisdom".
posted by Johnny Assay at 12:45 PM on January 21, 2011

"expert consensus"
posted by notyou at 12:57 PM on January 21, 2011

(@wenestvedt, you're probably right. I'm not an accountant; and my recollection of the term is, I'm sure, fuzzy.)
posted by SillyShepherd at 3:36 PM on January 21, 2011

posted by bkeene12 at 8:18 PM on January 21, 2011

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