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Homepage: Allow mentors to identify as "away"
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Some mentors might go on wikivacation from time to time, and would not respond to questions in a given time. It would be helpful to allow them to self-identify as away, so the Homepage will know they're not available at this moment.

This should cause the homepage to not assign this mentor to any new users, and for users that already has this mentor assigned, to display something like "Your mentor is currently not available." and display the mentor with a grey background or something. Ideally, this would also select a replacement mentor, so the user can still ask a mentor if they want to :).


Related Gerrit Patches:
mediawiki/extensions/GrowthExperiments : masterAllow mentors to identify as away

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@MMiller_WMF I will let you triage this. I imagine it would need some more specification and design time before we can write any code.

MMiller_WMF moved this task from Needs Discussion/Analysis to Q2 2019-20 on the Growth-Team board.

Thanks for filing this, @Urbanecm. I don't consider this an urgent priority, but it is a good idea. We need to look at more data on how users interact with their mentors.

Urbanecm claimed this task.Aug 15 2019, 6:29 PM
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Change 530436 had a related patch set uploaded (by Urbanecm; owner: Urbanecm):
[mediawiki/extensions/GrowthExperiments@master] [wip] Allow mentors to identify as away

Urbanecm moved this task from Backlog to Working on on the User-Urbanecm board.Aug 15 2019, 7:59 PM

@Urbanecm -- I don't think we went over your work on this together. What did you end up building? Do you have screenshots?

Sure @MMiller_WMF!

If your mentor is currently away, you'll see this (no difference from the normal view)

If you click "Ask your mentor a question", you'll see this:

Ata added a subscriber: Ata.Oct 12 2019, 9:21 AM

How is a mentor determined as 'away'? By presence of Template:Wikibreak on their page, being inactive for several days, some other sign?

Hi @Ata! Thanks for your interest in this. My current patch uses a magic word __AWAY__, which can be used either manually at a user page, or through a template.