Purpose of status category

This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Defining status field values

I am curious if status category actually has any role aside from it's logical role.

In the documentation, it mentions about being relevant to where it is placed in a board column. I haven't encountered it to be so. You can place any status with any status category in any column.

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It is only a logical grouping. And of course, the status has different colors based on category.

As you said, you can place any status anywhere in the board. One team's "done" is not another team's "done"!

Thank you Jobin. I will accept that answer.

I just find the definition misleading. It doesn't really help in identifying where issues are in their lifecycle (since it can be placed anywhere). Nor is it relevant to map status to columns in boards (since it can also be placed anywhere).

Category —  choose a category that this status will be grouped into: 'To Do' (blue), 'In Progress' (yellow) or 'Done' (green). Categories help you identify where issues are in their lifecycle, particularly in places where a large number of issues are rolled up, e.g. Version Details page, Sprint Health Gadget. The category is also used to map statuses to columns in JIRA Software , when creating a new board for an existing project.

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