Wiki Status of tags: proposed or in-use (for low-usage ATYL)?

This is about how we document tags on, particularly about Status field.

I’ve noticed several times now at several unrelated tags that there seems to be disagreement about in use vs. proposed tags. I have hard time finding other instances now (of course), but last one was Key:bicycle:physical here.

In that particular case (as opposed to other that I’ve seen) it was I who’ve documented it as in use, as my reading of that status was that it is correct one to be used, due to e.g.:

  • Some in use tags may be only used in one country or by a small number of mappers.

however, that got changed to proposed (by @Zverik in this particular case, but by others in other cases, like @Maro21 IIRC) with comment 26 usages isn't what I'd call "in use")

While I definitely agree that 26 usages is quite low, I though that it was exactly the reason to use "in use", as if it was much more popular it would become de facto.

On the other hand, my reading of “proposed” status is that it is to be used when a tag that has been through proposal process (i.e. it has its own wiki page in Proposal: namespace which should be linked via statuslink property of KeyDescription/ValueDescription wiki template), but the voting has not started yet (when it would become voting, and that once it finishes, it would become approved or [formerly] rejected/abandoned).

However, as other (quite valued!) members of community seem to disagree, it may be that I am misreading that. So, the question for wider community:

If some tag was created via ATYL (and not via proposal process) and has small number of usages, should its status be "in use" or "proposed" (or perhaps some new status like "ATYL" or "sporadic" )?

To be clear: I’m not particularly defending either position, and would be happy to use whatever solution the community finds best, but would like consensus to be documented, so there is no confusion.

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