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Table of statuses

All the options below can use status or latest_status before the colon. For example, status:not_held will match requests which have ever been marked as not held; latest_status:not_held will match only requests that are currently marked as not held.

status:waiting_responseWaiting for the public authority to reply
status:not_heldThe public authority does not have the information requested
status:rejectedThe request was refused by the public authority
status:partially_successfulSome of the information requested has been received
status:successfulAll of the information requested has been received
status:waiting_clarificationThe public authority would like part of the request explained
status:gone_postalThe public authority would like to / has responded by post
status:internal_reviewWaiting for the public authority to complete an internal review of their handling of the request
status:error_messageReceived an error message, such as delivery failure.
status:requires_adminA strange reponse, required attention by the RightToKnow.MY team
status:user_withdrawnThe requester has abandoned this request for some reason

Table of varieties

All the options below can use variety or latest_variety before the colon. For example, variety:sent will match requests which have ever been sent; latest_variety:sent will match only requests that are currently marked as sent.

variety:sentOriginal request sent
variety:followup_sentFollow up message sent by requester
variety:responseResponse from a public authority
variety:commentAnnotation added to request
variety:authorityA public authority
variety:userA RightToKnow.MY user