Package status expectation

I started a package, and it seemed natural to begin with “alpha” status, which I thought conveyed that it is new and should be tested carefully before choosing to depend on it.

Now I am trying to look ahead and hope that after more testing and more user feedback, it will go to “beta” and later down the road as “production”.

Because I would like the package to fit in, I wondered if there is such guidance on the criteria that should be met for a package to belong in a particular “status”. I am putting many words between quotes because I am not sure I am using the most appropriate words. Maybe some discussion about that already happened, I did not find it, please point me to it. Otherwise, please kindly let me know your thoughts.