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I know a Responder is a person or something that responds to a specific thing.

But what do we call a person or thing that a responder responds to? I think it's something with "respond" or "response" as its root.

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It depends on what the person or thing is. It could be an emergency, an event, a message, a question, etc.

"Prompt" might be a good general noun to describe most cases, but it is not universal. For example, referring to a natural disaster as a "prompt" for first responders would be odd.

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