If you are going to be away from your terminal for a while, but don't want to disconnect, you can set an "idle" message which will be shown to people who try to page you:
@idle me = Away for a while.
A more complex method is to set up an automatic "idle" message which is automatically sent if you are idle for more than a preset period of time, like this:
@idle me =[switch(gt(idlesecs(%#),120),1,I'm idle. Use @mail,)]
In this case, the message "I'm idle. Use @mail" is sent if you are idle for more than 120 seconds (two minutes).
You can also set a message to be sent to people if they page you when you are disconnected, like this:
You can use this message to tell people when best to catch you.
@away me = I'm not connected. I usually connect between 8 pm and 10 pm daily.
You can tell people what you are currently doing, like this:
@doing Exploring the eastern caves
Then, if someone does a WHO, they can see what you are doing:
WHO Player Name On For Idle Doing Gandalf 00:17 0s Exploring the eastern caves Strider 00:30 3s Available to help newbies Freddie 02:27 5m Exploring the larger cave There are 3 players connected.
@set me = on-vacation
This may help prevent you from being purged from the MUSH for inactivity.
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Page updated on Wednesday, 15 December 2004