Yeah, in that sense it would be active indeed. I meant the store would not accept any further content signed with that key, but the key was not revoked and anything signed with it continues to be valid. It’s a lightweight solution to the usability issue we see reported in this topic, when someone uploads a key but then want to get rid of it as it ended up not being used, or used for trivial things which are not important.
The key should not be completely deleted both because we may end up seeing data in the wild that we’d like to be able to at least associate with that key (whether we consider it valid or not), and also because we should preserve the ability of creating a more formal revocation notice for the key if it is found (probably by the user) to have been abused.
Once we have that mechanism we discussed today, we might also create a more clear tombstone for the lightweight operation which lists the specific things that were knowingly signed and should be accepted from there on.