In our software, we have the following nomenclature.

  • new (inactive process)
  • progressing (ongoing process)
  • failed (finished process)
  • done (finished process)

I'd like to rename those states using nouns instead of adjectives.

  • ??? (inactive process)
  • progress (ongoing process)
  • failure (finished process)
  • ??? (finished process)

What'd be a adequate alternative for the question marks? Preferably something not very lengthy so that the code looks nice. It's also possible to consider a different word as long as it reflects the actual state of its process (i.e. not started yet and run and fine).

My suggestion for new doesn't feel right at all: executability. It's a bit better in regard to done, though: success.

  • This makes me think of arrival and departure, though they're not necessarily the best word choices, imho. Sep 20, 2015 at 9:16
  • Aehm, you realize that "progressing" and "failed" aren't nouns?
    – Stephie
    Sep 20, 2015 at 9:30
  • @Stephie Yes, I do realize that. Progress and failure are. Have I happen to mistakenly write the other way around? If so, please point out where because I can't find it. The first list is adjective based (containing the adjectives progressing and failed) while the second, that I'm intending to switch, to is noun based (containing the nouns progress and failure*). Sep 20, 2015 at 10:17
  • @DamkerngT. Well, we're creating files and the state might me no process yet (that's the new one) and no process any more (that's the done one). Regrettably, arrivals and departures are not suitable in my case. Sorry if I haven't provide sufficiently much background information. Sep 20, 2015 at 10:19
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    Seems like "initiation" and "success" ought to be decent complements to "progress" and "failure". You could use "start" instead of "initiation". Or, "commencement". Sep 20, 2015 at 11:45

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You can use init (short for initialization) instead of new, which is commonly used in programming, and success or completion instead of finished

new > init

progressing > progress

failed > failure

done > success

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