I'm looking for a single word that means "not yet open". For example:

Registration Status: (Open|Closed|XXX)

"Closed", while technically correct, can lead to confusion as it implies (in this case) that registration was open at one point in time. Also, due to length constraints, "Not yet open" cannot be used (8 characters or less is preferred).

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    "RSN" and "TBD" both are popular indicators that something will happen, respectively meaning "real soon now" and "to be determined". – James Waldby - jwpat7 Jul 10 '12 at 21:26
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    I think we need a tag that is "single-word-requests unrelated to programming." – JLG Jul 10 '12 at 23:55

The most direct choice that comes to my mind is unopened:

Adj. 1. unopened - not yet opened or unsealed

…which also has the advantage of being 8 characters long.

Other terms that might work include inactive, in wait, and idle.

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    Or possibly new, but I don't know if that actually applies (i.e. how long is a registration in this not-yet-open state?). – Marthaª Jul 10 '12 at 22:18
  • @Marthaª, it can be in the "not-yet-open" stage for a one to two months. Cameron, great suggestion, thank you! – 0b10011 Jul 11 '12 at 13:46

How about pending or imminent?

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  • I was actually going to add a sentence about "pending" in the question. Regrettably, it won't work in this situation as it's going to be used internally, referring to the event status, which is pending as far as we're concerned, since we're waiting for it to close, before we can do anything. "Imminent" may work though, but I'm hoping for something a bit more clear in meaning [to us]. Thanks for the suggestions! – 0b10011 Jul 10 '12 at 21:05
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    @bfrohs: what about waiting then? – nico Jul 10 '12 at 21:56
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    I like pending the best of all answers. I offer also, Future, Forthcoming, Scheduled – Tolerance72 Jul 11 '12 at 2:04
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    @bfrohs: sched. would be easily understood though – nico Jul 11 '12 at 16:43
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    Another thought. If the dates of the registration are set, it is possible you could fit them in 8 characters. For example "8/1-9/15" – Tolerance72 Jul 11 '12 at 17:59

Upcoming? (Plus some filler for the 30-character limit).

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How about "opening"? "The act or process of opening; a beginning; commencement; first appearance." (Wordnik.) It seems that "opening" and "not yet open" are similar in meaning, and, at same time, that word is different both from "open" and from "closed" in the sense you explained.

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  • Thanks for the suggestion! However, this doesn't feel appropriate in this case as "the act of opening" only takes a split second--I'm looking more for a word that describes the status prior to "opening". – 0b10011 Jul 11 '12 at 13:40

Unreleased gives the implication of not (yet) being available, although it is slightly longer than 8 characters.

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Perhaps the word lock can be used. That has only 4 letters.

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    Locked is better because that is a state, whereas lock is either an artefact or an action. – Matt E. Эллен Jul 20 '12 at 7:51

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