I develop an open-source, system monitoring tool, ServiceMon, and I’d really appreciate some help choosing the right words to use for a feature.
The state of the system that is being monitored is represented using a named severity level. The level changes when the number of errors, recorded within a given time period, breaches a particular threshold.
I’d like to give each level a name, which will be used when configuring custom colours and threshold values. I’d ideally like to use meaningful adjectives – rather than cold, generic names like ErrorLevel1, ErrorLevel2, etc.
This is what I have so far:
Default Colour | Number of errors | Adjective --------------------------------------------------- Green | 0 | Operational Yellow | 1 | Temperamental Orange | 2-9 | Unstable Light Red | 10-99 | Critical Dark Red | 100 or more | Dire
Do the words I’ve chosen seem appropriate? Can you think of any better alternatives?
Updated to elaborate on the primary use case
I envisage ServiceMon being primarily used as an “information radiator” – a permanent presence in a room that provides immediate visual notification of a system’s state. Each ServiceMon instance is designed to be lightweight so that many can be tiled on one screen, with each one tracking a different system, or different aspect of the same system. For example, where a system is being monitored for availability and responsiveness, I would envisage a separate instance running for each aspect, each with its own specific thresholds.