I brought this up in a beemail earlier this year and figure it should be here in the forum for posterity!
- intents (on the weak side but better than pledges/vows/oaths which are too strong)
- hooks (that you put yourself on)
- indictions (the etymology/Latin is great)
- willeyes (sounds corny but could end up nice and memorable if we had the will to say this with a straight face – turn an “I will” into a “will I?”)
- relidicts (or some kind of portmanteau with reliability/prediction/etc)
- wagers (a thing you’re betting your reliability reputation on)
- claims (nice and simple)
- iwills (all about the I-will statements)
- averances (a thing you aver – not a word but could/should be)
- plans (probably not quite right)
- troths (arguably on the heavy/strong side but a great old word)
- medicts (edict for yourself, literally “me say”; HT Bee)
- mitments (cute, right?)
- mints (even cuter?)
- haver (or shillyshally or some kind of hilariously ironic term)
- stew (as in the last syllable of “commits to”)
Excerpts/paraphrasings of the beemail replies:
- I love indictions but hooks works too!
- I don’t entirely like “mints” and yet something feels right about it. Like there’s just this vague image in my head of, you know, carrying mints around and giving them to people… like commits.to links.
- I like averances. It’s not cutsie, and it doesn’t have the weight and slightly-off nuances of some of the non-cutesy alternatives.
- What’s wrong with commitments? It’s clear, it’s a real word, it makes sense… I don’t see the whole three syllables as being all that awkward.
- I like “medicts”.
- Intents is good. Claims is good. Medicts is pretty great.
- Most of those are terrible. “Commitments” would be my top choice … intents or claims are ok.
- How about specs as in both specification and expectation? Otherwise, I think I liked claim, wager, and task the most.
- The plainest English thing in the list seems to be ‘claims’.
- “Commit” as a noun [except that collides with version control]