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Similar pages for structural reference: Key:religion, Key:waterway.
status=* is a vague key with a variety of meanings.
Among the top 95% of values, possible interpretations include:
- condition (bad, medium, good, passable or is this access?)
- water body class (река, озеро, ручей meaning "river", "lake", "creek" in Russian)
- lifecycle (proposed, inactive, active, abandoned)
- physical access (locked, open)
Tag:natural=volcano warns against using this key, and suggests instead being more specific about which status you're describing.