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Malcolm*
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I'm writing a set of guidelines for one of my jobs, and I've reached an impasse. Which would you say, in reference to typing your username and password into a webmail service?

(a) Log on to the service
(b) Log in to the service
(c) Logon to the service
(d) Login to the service
(e) Log onto the service
(f) Log into the service

Your opinions would be gratefully received.


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Kelly*
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Mon 26th Sep '05 4:12PM
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I would vote for D, but for no good reason in particular.
   

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Normally I'd say 'Get yer ass in here' would be the people's choice. However given your reserved and, quite frankly, boring options I too would lean towards d.
    

Diziet
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Mon 26th Sep '05 5:03PM
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i'd say D as well.

but what about simply 'please login'? thats normally what my email account asks me to do.


Malcolm*
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Mon 26th Sep '05 5:36PM
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Thanks everyone!

I don't think I explained it very well - I'm not writing the service itself; I'm just writing an instruction sheet for my colleagues who use it. The selected phrase will appear as part of a larger sentence.

Looks as though the winner so far is option D - unless we get a surprise outside bet taking it over...

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Amanshu*
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Mon 26th Sep '05 6:07PM
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Well, personally, I'd have to say you log in to a site using your login.

Or your username/password are your login, and the act of entering them is to log in. So I'd have to go with b)...
   

Amanshu*
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Mon 26th Sep '05 6:10PM
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In fact, if you spin the question around a bit, which of these would you pick:

(b) Log out of the service
(d) Logout of the service
(f) Log outof the service

Personally, I'm still sticking with (b)...
   

Demian*
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Mon 26th Sep '05 6:39PM
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I'm with Amanshu and b), for the logging-off question too. Though 'login' has pretty much become a standard word now, it's really a contraction of 'log in' and therefore maybe not quite so formal.

Edit: To be even more pedantic, I'd say you log in to a site using your logging-in details (not your 'login'), but that's taking the issue a bit far...
  

Swoop*
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Mon 26th Sep '05 6:45PM
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Too I would say b.
B. There, I've said it. I may say it again, should it be requested of me.
 

Dregan
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Tue 27th Sep '05 3:11AM
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I'm going to completely upset the numbers and stuff the ballot box with 5,837 votes for a)

More seriously, I think b) scans best.
    

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