Status for forum members: who would use/care for it?
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
What's the "TMW forum" Cedric talked about?! Is there another place where you discuss more MATLAB?!
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!!
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