It's a bit similar to this question but not in the school related sense they've asked. I haven't found any sources on that and there's a chance that no such term exists. In such case, I'll be happy with that being confirmed and extra bonus if someone witty can make up one implying such a meaning.

Suppose there are two separate buttons, labelled promotion and demotion (or to promote and to demote). Now, we reconstruct the user interface so that there's only a single button. One way is to be super explicit and labeled it promotion or demotion but that creates problems (one being the size of it, as it's clunky and awkward, second one being that the order of terms may affect the user's choice).

Previously, the promotion or demotion occurred immediately. Now, we want to push the subject for a change in their status and decide the magnitude and direction later.

For now, I went with elevation (as we're talking sort of setting elevation of privileges). However, as I want to indicate that the there's a current elevation (level, status) already set (while the operation will reset it), I lean towards to reelevate. To me, it looks atrociously unnatural.

  • I suggest that the word mentioned in your request, status, seems to fit. Is there a good reason why it has to be a verb?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 11:07
  • @Mari-LouA It doesn't have to be verb (although it'd be more congruent with the rest of the interface). One could see status as a verb, too (to set status, to restatus, to statusify, sort of). Regrettably, status is a separate concept and can't be applied. I'd need something more one-dimensional (with rather obvious up and down direction). Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 11:12
  • Hierarchy perhaps? If it's for a company, then you might want to go with reorganisation.
    – Void
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 12:32
  • You're talking about changing permissions. Are you using a *NIX-based system? If so, then why not Set Perms? That's pretty *NIX-standard. Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 18:42
  • @FeliniusRex Doesn't have to be NIX. Might be Win, hehe... Regardless, the concept of permission is not one-dimensional. One could have permission X while someone else might have permission Y. In my case, we're talking strictly about promoting and demoting along a single privilege path, so to speak. It's very much bump up (along X), not bump to X. I'm starting to sense that there's no such a term, which is disappointing. Commented Jul 7, 2021 at 3:24

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I don't know of any single verb that includes both "promote" and "demote".

One could use "change" as a verb here:

  • Change rank
  • Change status
  • Change level
  • Change permissions

"set" could also be used as a verb, as a comment suggests. So could "alter"/

Note that "change height" includes both "raise" and "lower" (as verbs).

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