[Tagging] New page "Approval status" for "de facto", "in use", "approved" etc

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sat Jul 27 14:19:09 UTC 2019

Please take a minute to review the new page

I've made this page, based on the existing list of definitions for the
values of the "status" field in the ValueDescription and
KeyDescription boxes - that's the word "approved", "rejected", "de
facto", "in use" etc which is found in the box on each wiki page.

The top of the page is just copied and pasted from the existing list,
but I've then categorized and further explained the values, especially
de facto, approved and in use, as well as the
rejected/deprecated/obsolete tags. Here are the categories:

1) "Green Light" (recommend)
- approved
- de facto tags
accepted and supported by the community, and the majority of features
in the database have these tags. Usually in Map Features and supported
by editors, database users.

2) "Red Light" (not recommended)
- abandoned
- deprecated
- discardable
- obsolete
Usually not found on the list of Map Features, not recommended or supported

3) "In use" status (variable)
- wide range of meaning; less recommended than approved and de facto
tags, but may still be the best existing tag for a feature. Small
percentage have been added to Map Features.
- Currently being added to new features by mappers, but have not been approved.

4) Proposal process values:
- draft
- proposed
- voting
Currently in the proposal stage. These tags may soon be approved, or
the proposal may be abandoned or rejected.

5) Other values
Some tags do not qualify for any of the statuses above: the tags below
have not been approved or rejected, are not commonly being used by
mappers, but do have a wiki page and have some examples in the

Values include inactive, unspecified, undefined, unknown or  (empty)

Comments, improvements?

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