Status for forum members: who would use/care for it?

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Dear all,
       I am well aware that the TMW forum is not Skype or gChat, but, while traveling for an extended period of time, I would be happier if I had been able to change my/some "status for the TMW forum" to "Traveling until mid-September", rather than just disappearing without leaving a note.
Hence my question (before I submit something to TMW): if there was a status field in users' profiles, would you use it and/or care for it?
Best wishes,
Cedric

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the cyclist
the cyclist on 1 Sep 2014
I doubt I would tend it or refer to it.
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José-Luis
José-Luis on 2 Sep 2014
I don't think I'd use it either. While I like contributing here, I wouldn't want to report my whereabouts: even if it would be optional, it would still feel like an obligation.

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 1 Sep 2014
I probably wouldn't use it much. I often still look at theo forum while traveling, just not as often. You could always add that information to your profile blurb. Sometimes it would be nice to see, for example if Walter, our most prolific contributor said why he's not contributing anymore. I've actually checked obituaries in Canada to see if I can figure out why he's seemingly dropped off the planet.
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 4 Sep 2014
My health fluctuates. Today is a better day except my RSI decided to kick in. Which is telling me I should get off the computer...

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Adam
Adam on 1 Sep 2014
I doubt I would use it for myself, to be honest. I haven't contributed anywhere near enough for people to notice or care if I go awol for a few weeks or months so it would probably only be of value for those few who have developed a distinct reputation and areas of expertise where people might naturally look to them for answers to their questions.
I might take a look out of curiosity for the highest rep contributors to the forum, but probably not. If someone were disappearing permanently for some reason or other they would probably not think to update their status anyway.
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Adam
Adam on 1 Sep 2014
Yeah, it certainly wouldn't do any harm as an option and for those who do use it it would be useful. I can especially see its usefulness with respect to the Matlab Exchange and authors who have posted there more so than Matlab Answers.

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Star Strider
Star Strider on 1 Sep 2014
I like the idea. It would be particularly useful for those who wanted to send messages, since I doubt ‘Status’ would be relevant or consulted routinely otherwise. I wouldn’t necessarily go into detail (such as ‘Traveling’) though. Simply ‘Unavailable until mid-September’ would be sufficient, and would also not state explicitly that you’ll be away from home, or for that matter any specific reason.
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Cedric Wannaz
Cedric Wannaz on 1 Sep 2014
@John - Interestingly, my rational was also motivated by the fact that I was feeling "older than the twitter/FB gen", but for another conclusion: I was feeling almost impolite to leave for two months without leaving a note to a community of MATLAB "passionates" with whom I had been interacting during months/years. Yet, I agree that the information should be limited.

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Daniel Shub
Daniel Shub on 3 Sep 2014
Editors have access to a private email list provided by TMW. It is currently super low volume, but we could communicate absences there. It seems like a reasonable use. This would not help regular users, but might meet the needs of the editors to let others know what is up.
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Daniel Shub
Daniel Shub on 3 Sep 2014
The list was created 25 March 2013. The welcome message revealed our private email addresses (yes it is a pet peeve of mine) and I believe included all 1500+ rep, the old "editors" threshold, users who were not employees of TMW at that time. Presumably it has never been updated. I just sent a message to the list with a link to this question so hopefully that will spur on some action. Hopefully the list server is restricted to subscribers to the list, but I agree that posting the address publicly is not reasonable.

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Salaheddin Hosseinzadeh
Salaheddin Hosseinzadeh on 3 Sep 2014
Hello Everyone,
What's the "TMW forum" Cedric talked about?! Is there another place where you discuss more MATLAB?!
Thanks.
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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 3 Sep 2014
Some people use stackoverflow.com but I don't.

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Salaheddin Hosseinzadeh
Salaheddin Hosseinzadeh on 3 Sep 2014
Thanks Image Analyst.
I used to use stackoverflow for math discussions, wasn't as helpful as this website I'm afraid, maybe because math problems are more difficult!!
I like this site very much! It feels so good when one of you experts help me with my problems. Thanks everyone.

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