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Is there a status message to let others know what I am doing either busy, away, or something else?

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I assume you mean in chat? – Neil Fein Dec 20 '10 at 17:44
twitoverflow! :) – Andreas Bonini Dec 20 '10 at 17:48
@Neil, for the forum. When others answer our questions and we are away, we can put a note so they know what we are doing. – xport Dec 20 '10 at 17:51
maybe look for stackbook or faceoverflow. – Toon Krijthe Dec 20 '10 at 19:21
Stack Exchange / Stack Overflow is not a forum. – Peter Mortensen Dec 20 '10 at 20:30
@Peter: Stack Exchange or Stack Overflow can be categorized as a forum but with a rule where each question is mapped to zero or more answers or comments. Not saying a forum seems a marketing jargon. :-) – xport Jul 10 '11 at 4:57
@Peter: In my profile, there is a Venn-diagram representing that SE/SO is a forum. :-) – xport Jul 13 '11 at 3:04
up vote 5 down vote accepted


The only way someone will know you're active is either by seeing you post, or looking at your profile at the seen X mins ago.

If you really wanted to, I don't think there are any restrictions on how often you can edit your profiles About Me section.

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Only rate-limited section of the profile is the Display Name. – Grace Note Dec 20 '10 at 17:57
I think no body will often check About Me section. Because it is not usual way. :) – xport Dec 20 '10 at 17:58
@xport That's... pretty much the sum of it, though. Stack Overflow is not a social gathering place - it is a place to find answers to questions. If you want to meet up with people, use the Chat, not the main Q&A. – Grace Note Dec 20 '10 at 18:02
@xport: that's because no one cares. – Shog9 Dec 20 '10 at 18:30

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