DotAlign Glossary

Updated 9 months ago by Jaspreet Bakshi

This glossary describes key DotAlign concepts and terminology. It's a good place to get started learning how to set up and use DotAlign.

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Administrators are users with additional privileges to manage DotAlign. Administrators can see shared data like other users but may also do other things like control settings for your instance and the teams within it. Learn more in Understanding DotAlign user roles.



Companies are organizations that people are affiliated with. For a user to have a relationship with a company, that user must first have a relationship with a person who is directly connected with that company, for example as a current or former employee, or through an alumni affiliation.


Contacts are people associated with a particular company. The application therefore means something very specific when it talks about contacts; Robert Jones will be a contact at Globex Corporation, but will otherwise normally be described simply as a person.



Introducers are users who are sharing and have a relationship with a given person or company. For example, if you know Sally Jones and are sharing that with a team, other team members will be able to see that you are an introducer to Sally. If Sally works at Acme, Inc., you will also appear as an introducer to Acme, Inc.



Members can choose to contribute data to a team to which they belong, and can see information shared by other team members. Learn more in Understanding DotAlign user roles.



People is a term that encompasses everyone a user interacts with. This is the generic term the application uses to refer to human beings with whom users have relationships. External clients, vendors, and acquaintances, current or former colleagues, and team members are all people.



A team is a set of users who may share their relationship data with one another. About teams has more information.



Although "DotAlign users" technically may encompass both team members and administrators, "users" should most often be understood as referring to team members. Learn more in Understanding DotAlign user roles.

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