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I'm coding a database that has an Events table with a status field. When an event's date has not yet passed, the status is Published.

I would like to use a term to mean that the date of the event has passed, something like Archived/Filed/Shelved. Which is the correct way to express it?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by kiamlaluno, FumbleFingers, phenry, Josh61, Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Jul 9 '14 at 5:56

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about naming things in a database. – Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Jul 9 '14 at 5:56

Consider expired:

(of a document, authorization, or agreement) come to the end of the period of validity

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The differences among the words archived, filed, and shelved seem to me a matter of degree and associated with information, a project, or something similar. If something is "filed," then you can still retrieve it. "Archived" is filed, but may not be as easily retrieved--that is, it may be stored in another format (compressed data, for instance) or, if hard copy, may be in a warehouse somewhere. "Shelved" in the movie industry used to be used to refer to a project that had been abandoned and put on hold indefinitely, not likely to be recovered.

Since you're coding and using language to refer to a date of an event that has passed, I think "shelved" comes closest.

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